At CSU, our students aren’t waiting until they have a diploma in hand to get out there and make a difference. Ministry is part of daily life right now, not something they merely look forward to “someday.” Here are just a few examples of student service for Christ.
Student Missions Fellowship
Through Student Missions Fellowship, students fuel each other’s passion for missions, reach out to the community and share the gospel. SMF is an organization that brings mission-minded students together as brothers and sisters in Christ to worship their Savior and pray twice each month. They’ve built a strong relationship with the Keystone Mission, serving meals and a message of hope to the homeless. They support missions through prayer and active participation in ministry. Elizabeth Abbott is president of SMF; Adam Morrill, Alex Madsen and Eszter Lisztes round out the leadership team. This past semester, students have been involved in a few activities. They visited Willowbrook Place Assisted Living Community, volunteered and participated in the A21 Walk for Freedom, co-hosted a fall party with Mission Scranton to visit a new neighborhood and did reverse-trick-or-treating in the Clarks Summit area to show love to neighbors.
Mission Scranton is a non-profit organization, serving Scranton, Pennsylvania since 1994. They empower children and youth in low-income housing communities to navigate the challenges of life, addressing both physical and spiritual needs. The volunteer teams are made up of CSU students and staff as they strive to cultivate a family-like environment where they can engage in building friendships and sharing the gospel. On Mondays, kids play, pray and study the Bible. Tuesday is a time to reach teens in small groups and discipling relationships. Wednesdays are for addressing everyday needs of the kids and teens, as volunteers help them with homework and teach them creative life skills, preparing them for a brighter future.
Baptist Bible Seminary Internships
Built into the Master of Divinity program is a year-long, paid internship to give students hands-on experience in ministry, serving alongside experienced ministry leaders. Joshua Taylor recently led the teens in his church in a day of service. Paul Cummings launched a new church management system and trained ministry leaders in how to use this resource. Isaac Jack preached twice as part of a series in Ephesians, addressing family life from a biblical perspective. Isaac Denton served at a community outreach event and produced a membership guide for his church’s new member class. These are just a few examples of how BBS interns are putting their academic knowledge into practice in meaningful ways.
Lifetime of Service
At CSU, students are encouraged to serve now as a way to build the foundation for a lifetime of service for Christ. In addition to the major opportunities listed above, students are frequently involved in leading Bible studies, teaching children’s Sunday school, volunteering in church youth groups and engaging in discipleship.
By Tatyana Carmona, Eszter Listes and Erika Bruckner