Last fall, biblical and ministry studies (BMS) students had the opportunity to attend two different workshops hosted by Waynesburg alumni. The first workshop, titled “A Theology of Hospitality,” was hosted by Rev. Jacob Judy, pastor at West Alexander United Methodist Church and lecturer in the BMS program.
Each semester, I strive to provide biblical and ministry studies majors and minors with ‘beyond-the-classroom’ learning opportunities where they can grow in Christ and in their calling."
“It was a joy to see Rev. Jacob Judy lead students through a reflective conversation as they considered a biblical framework for hospitality. This is the type of workshop that students can apply right away as they serve with local congregations, youth groups or within campus ministry,” Joshua Sumpter, University Chaplain, said.
The second workshop was hosted by Bryce McGarvey (’19) and Kortney (Orwig ‘19) McGarvey from Urban Impact in Pittsburgh. Titled “Holistic Ministry and Evangelism,” the workshop covered topics such as inner-city ministry and student leadership.
“This trip, in particular, was very profound. It was a great chance to open our eyes to the real world of ministry and all of its difficulties— really seeing beyond the classroom into the world that we are about to enter,” Nicholas Haushalter, a senior biblical and ministry studies major, said.
The workshops are part of the BMS road trip opportunities offered to students at the University.
“Each semester, I strive to provide biblical and ministry studies majors and minors with ‘beyond-the-classroom’ learning opportunities where they can grow in Christ and in their calling,” Sumpter said. “I want to find as many ways as possible to have current ministry leaders and Waynesburg University alumni serving in ministry spending time with our students. It is what makes Waynesburg University a very special place for training leaders in ministry. We have a community of learners called to grow in Christ and with one another.”