Students Take the Lead in Chapel Services

WILMORE, Ky. — When Asbury University’s alumni return to campus after graduation, they often remark on the continuing impact of Asbury’s Chapel services, recalling speakers who touched their hearts. This week, the students themselves spoke with messages that are likely to resonate among their peers for years to come.

Student Renewal and Revival Week featured student speakers in Chapel on Monday and Wednesday, as well as evening services on Monday through Wednesday. Exploring the theme of “Identity,” students shared testimonies, perspectives on Scripture and encouragement to pursue a Christ-centered identity. (To listen to podcasts of the Chapel services, click here.)

Asbury University student Chapel
Junior Josh Kelly spoke in Chapel during Student Renewal and Revival week at Asbury.

“We read about Jesus, but don’t always think about the power that lives inside us,” said junior Josh Kelly during his message on Wednesday morning. “I’m saying, ‘Be different.’ Identify yourself with the empty tomb. Identify yourself with the power of Christ.”

The Student Chapel Committee, one of several volunteer opportunities open to students to help direct Asbury’s focus on spiritual vitality, selected the speakers for each meeting.

“The ultimate goal of anything is to have Christ preached,” junior Ashley Polson, chair of the Student Chapel Committee, said. “The students who spoke are students who genuinely love the Lord with all of their heart, and are seeking Him each day.”

In addition to having an opportunity to speak directly to each other, students involved in putting together the Student Renewal and Revival services also made an impact on the University’s faculty and staff. Whether attending in person or listening to Chapel on Asbury’s radio station, WACW, the larger campus community took advantage of the services to see Chapel—and the life of faith—through students’ eyes.

“Student Chapels are sometimes more casual, but there is always a word of encouragement there,” Dr. Dan Strait, professor of English, said.

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