Every Person Has a Soul. Every Student Has a Ministry.
Adequate preparation for a life of service for God requires a balance between academic instruction and practical application. All students at Allegheny Wesleyan College are required to participate in a Christian Service group. Most of these services are on a weekly basis. Many students become directly involved in local community churches which they attend; others become involved in various outreach ministries which will place them in contact with a broad cross-section of society. Specific areas of opportunity for service include preaching, evangelistic team outreach, Bible class teaching, Bible club supervision, women’s health clinic (abortion prevention), International Student Fellowship gathering, rest home and nursing home ministries, and an outreach program among juveniles.
My main obstacle to overcome in doing ministry was simply starting. Children’s ministry/youth ministry was so frightening to me. Once I gave it a try, though, it seemed much easier. God helps me to do things that I never thought I would be doing. People aren’t that scary once you start to spend time with them.
Goals of Christian Service
The primary goals of the Christian Service program are:
- To provide the student with a variety of ministry opportunities, enabling him/her to gain practical and meaningful experience in line with his/her vocational goal.
- To assist the student in discovering his/her gifts and God-given abilities as related to Christian service.
- To award Christian service credit based on evaluation of student performance.
The specific objectives of the Christian Service program are that the student will be able:
- To demonstrate a vision for reaching the lost and a sensitivity to the needs of people.
- To display a sense of responsibility in carrying out the various assignments.
- To demonstrate ability to work with different age groups in varying situations.