Changes to come in student leadership
by Andrea J. Anderson
On October 7 it was announced that anyone involved in leadership at Liberty University will be required to attend campus church starting next semester. A meeting was held in the Vines Center and Todd Campo, vice president of Student Leadership, also stated that hall meeting and prayer groups will be moved to Wednesday nights. Prayer leaders will receive a guide from which they will teach prayer groups.
David Nasser, senior vice president for Spiritual Development, hopes that campus church will be shifted into a Bible study type of setting, rather than a church setting. Nasser values involvement in the local church, so he hopes to use campus church as a way for students to be unified in what they are studying while still being involved in the local church.
Students already involved in the local church will not be required to attend campus church; however, those who are not involved in the local church will be required to attend campus church.
“It will be interesting to see how the changes will be executed,” Michaela Morel, a senior prayer leader, said.
Nothing has been said as far as how students will be accounted for at campus church. A method of checking students in and making sure student leaders attend is still being determined.
Joye Harrison, a freshman prayer leader, is excited for the potential positive result of the changes. She hopes the changes will build community across campus and ultimately result in a revival.
“Change is necessary for growth,” Harrison said.
The Office of Student Leadership is also discussing shifting the responsibilities of student leaders to accommodate for the changes that were announced in the meeting. No details have been released but will be determined by next semester.
Andrea Hamilton, a junior Spiritual Life Coach, believes the requirement of student leaders to attend campus church will build unity because they will all be learning the same information. Students will be able to discuss what was taught and will be able to encourage each other in whatever they learned.
While details are still being decided, the changes have caused mixed reviews across campus. All student leaders are being encouraged to be positive and respectful when discussing the changes with their peers. They are also expected to not say anything on social media regarding the changes.
More changes will be coming to Liberty University’s campus. The ultimate goal will still be to train champions for Christ.
New vision announced for student leadership
by Andrea J. Anderson
- all student leaders now required to attend campus church
- prayer and life group leaders (PLGL’s) to teach from curriculum
- hall meeting and prayer groups being moved to Wednesday nights
Todd Campo, vice president of Student Leadership, announced October 7 at a meeting for student leaders that all student leaders will be required to attend campus church, PLGL’s will teach from a curriculum given to them, and hall meeting and prayer groups will be moved to Wednesday nights instead of Tuesdays.
David Nasser, senior vice president for Spiritual Development, hopes to re-shape campus church into a gathering of all student leaders and students that will build unity across campus.
The curriculum from which the PLGL’s will teach will be going through the book of Galatians. PLGL’s will have freedom to tailor the information to the students in their group; they will still have the ability to choose how they teach and the freedom to take their lesson in whatever direction they desire.
Students who are involved in the local church on Wednesday nights will still be able to attend their desired churches; however, if a student is not involved in the local church, he or she will be required to attend campus church.
Nasser’s vision for campus church is for it to be seen as a Bible study type of setting, not a replacement for the local church. The prayer and life groups will act as a sort of breakout session off of the main teaching. Nasser will be the main person teaching at campus church.
The Office of Student Leadership is discussing potential changes in order to accommodate the student leaders due to the new requirement of campus church attendance.
The ultimate goal of the changes is to enhance the goal of the university: to train champions for Christ. Nasser and the Office of Student Leadership are both pursuing that goal.
Several changes were announced October 7 at a meeting for student leaders/ All student leaders will be required to attend campus church// prayer and life group leaders will teach from a curriculum given to them// and hall meeting and prayer groups will be moved to Wednesday nights instead of Tuesdays/ David Nasser// vice president for Spiritual Development// hopes to build unity among campus with the changes that will occur/ Student leaders involved in the local church will still be able to attend their churches/ The ultimate goal of the university will still be to train champions for Christ/