Partners, September 2011
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Christian Student Center will devote its Wednesday night Bible study this fall to helping students use their degrees to serve the Lord.
Professionals from different occupations will speak to the students. Topics include using engineering to get clean water to Guatemalan villages, using business skills to finance microloans in West Africa, using medical training to serve at a clinic on wheels in Appalachia and using psychology to help orphans cope with stress.
The goal of the classes is to help students “combine a career with a Kingdom-bound core,” said Matt Holt, Christian Student Center president.
HENDERSON, Tenn. — More than 30 Freed-Hardeman students used the summer to prepare for ministry careers. The students participated in youth ministry internships and mission field labs.
Preparation for this program began in February, when interested students were interviewed and hired during Freed-Hardeman’s annual Lectureship.
Youth ministry interns were involved in teaching Bible classes, planning youth group activities and participating in Vacation Bible Schools. Some interns also had the opportunity to work at summer camps near their congregation.
TEMPLE TERRACE, Fla. — The National Association of Schools of Music has approved Florida College’s associate membership. President H.E. “Buddy” Payne described the approval as a “huge step forward” in efforts to enhance the credibility of the college’s four-year programs.
“Parents can be further assured that the liberal arts education their young people receive at Florida College will not only establish them in their faith in God and his Word but will also provide them a solid academic foundation upon which to build their future,” he said.
SEARCY, Ark. — The Pied Pipers, Harding’s improvisational children’s theater troupe, spent nearly three weeks in Scotland this summer, helping Churches of Christ reach out to communities in Sterling and Aberdeen.
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
FLORENCE, Ala. — The Association for Biblical Higher Education has approved Heritage Christian’s request to offer a Master of Divinity degree starting with the fall semester.
“This is another major milestone for HCU,” President Dennis Jones said.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A revision of “Crying in the Wilderness,” a comprehensive biography of David Lipscomb, debuted at a recent panel discussion and book-signing.
The influential Restoration Movement preacher’s namesake university first published the biography in 1979.
Written by longtime Lipscomb University history and politics department chairman Robert E. Hooper, the book delves into the times in which Lipscomb lived and how those circumstances shaped his thinking and, in turn, Restoration history.
The 2011 version includes new material that highlights how Lipscomb’s ideas are shaping modern churches and theologians, the university said.
YORK, Neb. — York has received the go-ahead from its accrediting agency to launch a master’s degree in education — the college’s first graduate program. President Steve Eckman said he expects the program to “elevate the institution.”
“As we see success in this initial effort, we will explore other programs that fit our mission and provide for our constituents,” Eckman said.
Education is York’s most popular undergraduate major with 173 students.