Discipleship – Asbury University
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While discipleship is intertwined with all expressions of campus life at Asbury, we have several opportunities we do very intentionally to give students entry points for new growth. Every discipleship moment at Asbury is a reflection of Acts 2 – being together for prayer, conversation, and encountering Scripture. When Asbury students enter these discipleship moments, they grow in holiness, stewardship, and mission.

Gather

  • Takes place weekly on the floor of every Residence Hall. Gather is a time for residents to come together for a time of prayer, testimony and fellowship.
  • Gather is led by student member of the Spiritual Formation Team known as a Spiritual Life Assistant or “SLA.”
  • Commuter Gather occurs weekly on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. at WGM Student Center (upstairs). If you are a commuter, please contact Sommer Toadvine (sommer.toadvine@asbury.edu).

Banded Discipleship Groups

  • Gender-specific friend groups of three to five people intentionally committed to meeting weekly around Scripture, prayer and accountability questions.

Residence Hall Small Groups

  • 6-8 week Bible studies led in the fall and spring by the Spiritual Life Coordinator in each Residence Hall.
  • The small groups are designed to help freshmen connect with other students in their residence hall, cultivate a sense of belonging within the Asbury community and most important deepen his/her relationship with Christ.

Spiritual Mentoring 

  • Staff, faculty, seminary students and community members comprise our list of available spiritual mentors.
  • Spiritual mentoring relationships meet face to face twice a month for either the entire academic year or a semester.
  • Mentors and mentees are paired through an application process and prayerful discernment.
  • These relationships are devoted to doing life together by engaging: Scripture, prayer, and intentional relationships.

For more information or questions regarding these discipleship opportunities, please contact Jeannie Banter, Assistant Director of Spiritual Life, (859) 858-3511, x2267

Leadership Opportunities

Spiritual Formation Team

The Spiritual Formation Team is a unique student chaplaincy program that provides intentional pastoral care on each floor/unit within the traditional Residence Halls. Known around campus as Spiritual Life Coordinators or “SLC’s” and Spiritual Life Assistants or “SLA’s,” these thirty plus team members receive specialized training to assist them in fulfilling their ministry role among their peers. In all of these endeavors and throughout all of training, SLCs and SLAs seek to enhance the spiritual vitality of the campus through their own relationships to Jesus Christ and through relationships with others. The SLAs provide a consistent, weekly meeting as “Gather” for residents of each floor/unit/apartment and find space to connect with God and one another. Gather is a time of coming together for encouragement, prayer, and studying the Word together.

Spiritual Life Coordinators (SLC)

Six positions are available to juniors and seniors. The SLC’s work closely with the Assistant Director of Spiritual Life 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)

Thirty peer ministry positions are available to students desiring to partner with the Resident Assistant (RA) in developing spiritual growth opportunities for his/her own floor/unit/apartment. Responsibilities include planning weekly Gathers focused on a time of encouragement, prayer and studying the Word together as a floor. Commitments include attending a training week before the fall semester, attendance at regular training events throughout the year and leading weekly Gathers. SLAs are supported through regular meetings with their SLC and fellow SLA’s within their residence hall.

Small Group Leader

Upperclassmen can apply to lead a Small Group comprised of both under and upperclassmen. Small groups are 6-8 week studies which focus on specific topics/books. The small group leader will choose to lead a study from one of the following categories: Bible study, prayer, practical Christian living/holiness, spiritual identity, spiritual formation, and social justice. A listed of suggested books is available from the Spiritual Life office. A small group leader does not have to lead a group for both semesters.

For more information and questions about Spiritual Formation Team leadership opportunities or Gather, please contact Jeannie Banter, Assistant Director of Spiritual Life, (859) 858-3511, x2267.