Leadership Opportunities for Students
Weekend Outreach Teams - On occassion churches within a 300-mile radius of campus request to have a team of Asbury students come and serve as facilitators for church-sponsored, weekend activities, such as youth retreats, church carnivals, and the like. When such requests are made, student teams are recruited, trained, and prepared for this ministry partnership opportunity. Each team is composed of students from a variety of majors and interests who are dedicated to teaching the Word of God and sharing the love of Jesus. Team size varies from 3-8, depending upon the requesting church's needs.
Summer Ministry Teams (SMT) - The Summer Ministry Team program is a year-long student leadership commitment, beginning in the November before summer break. Two teams of 5-6 members each are selected through an application and interview process every fall semester. After selection, team members begin an intensive leadership training program over spring semester designed to prepare them for 9-weeks of summer ministry to camp, camp meetings, and churches in the eastern half of the United States. Post summer responsibilities include monthly debriefing meetings throughout the following fall semester, as well as recruiting assistance for the next SMT group. Team members who complete their summer commitment receive a scholarship for both semesters of the following academic year equal to 17% of tuition.
Christian Service Association (CSA) - CSA is an umbrella service organization led by students. Current ministries under CSA include Frontline (a friendship evangelism styled ministry to patrons of local coffeehouses in Lexington), Servant Evangelism (a ministry to youth and children living at the Salvation Army homeless shelter in downtown Lexington), Nathaniel United Methodist Mission (a ministry to youth and children of a local church in downtown Lexington), and J.O.Y. Ministries (a ministry to the Wesley Village nursing home just a mile or so from campus). Students interested in developing relationships through weekly service are encouraged to participate in CSA. Ideas for additional ministries are always welcome.
Interested in Outreach Ministries? Contact: Joy Ireland, ext. 2267
Discipleship Group Leaders - We have constant opportunities available for upperclassmen, as well as community members to lead a small group. These positions are a ministry of discipleship in which others can be encouraged toward greater depths of relationship with Christ. The primary responsibilities of a small group leader are to arrange meetings with group members and to encourage and pray for each member within and outside the meeting times. Leaders are chosen in the spring for the upcoming academic year, as well as in the fall of the year of service.
Discipleship Coordinators - Approximately four students are chosen to serve on the Discipleship Committee of the Spiritual Life Board, helping establish small groups for new students in their respective residence hall. Discipleship Coordinators are also a resource for small group leaders, providing them with encouragement and accountability. Coordinators are chosen in the spring for the following academic year through an application process.
Spiritual Life Coordinators (SLC) - Five or six positions are available to juniors and seniors. The SLC's work closely with the Coordinator of InReach Ministries and the Resident Director (RD) in their respective residence hall. Primary responsibilities are to help create an atmosphere for spiritual growth in their residence hall through encouraging and supporting the spiritual life assistants (SLAs) as they minister on their floor/unit, as well as to assist their RD in spiritual oversight and programming of their residence hall. (Scholarship position)
Spiritual Life Assistants (SLA/Hall Chaplains) - Forty peer ministry positions are available to students wishing to partner with the Resident Assistant (RA) in developing spiritual growth opportunities for his/her own floor/unit/apartment. Responsibilities include planning weekly Koinonia prayer and fellowship meetings and care-giving to the residents on their floor/unit/apartment. Commitments include attending the InReach Orientation and Training Seminar in early fall and attendance at regular worship/training events throughout the year. SLAs are supported through regular meetings with their SLC and fellow SLA's within their residence hall.
Interested in InReach Ministries? Contact: John Morley, ext. 2377
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