The Benedict Option Part 2

Here is the second part of my interview with Rod Dreher on his book The Benedict Option.  In this second part, we talk about what the Benedict Option might look like on a college campus, and what Christians face in the modern academy.

For part two of the No Campus Left Podcast click here

For my review of his book click here

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The Benedict Option Part 1

I had the pleasure recently to interview Rod Dreher about The Benedict Option.  In Part 1 we talk about some general concepts that Rod is trying to get across to his readers.  We cover the background of St. Benedict, practical application of some aspects of the Rule of St. Benedict, liquid modernity, and why Rod decided now was the right time to write the book.  This interview was for the No Campus Left podcast.  Part 2, which will focus more on how the Benedict Option affect the campus, will come out soon.

Click here for the link.

For my review of The Benedict Option click here

Collegiate Ministry at Early Colleges

 

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In 2003 a new form of education was born with a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation.  It was called Early College, and would help accelerate a high-school student’s ability to begin college work.  The first Early College was in North Carolina at Guildford College.  Today, there are 113 early college programs in North Carolina, with many others scattered around the country.  For churches and ministries doing collegiate work, the Early College concept presents unique challenges and opportunities for ministry:  high-school students on a college campus, administered by a high-school system.

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Raising Support in Six Months

I am always excited and amazed when I sit down to do a podcast with someone.  This month, however, I was truly inspired when I sat down with Scott Kilby who is on staff at BCM of the High Country in Boone, NC.  His story of how God lead him to go into collegiate ministry, and how he raised his support in just six months is a testament to God and how what seems like the impossible can happen.  I hope you will spend a few minutes to hear his story and see what God can do to bring workers to the harvest.  Here is the link for the No Campus Left podcast.

December NCL Podcast

This past week at the annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, I had the privilege to sit down with six highly gifted individuals to record four interviews for the No Campus Left podcast.  It was a great but busy time as we explored many different facets of collegiate ministry.  In the next coming months we will be putting these podcasts out on iTunes.  I hope you will be looking out for them.  Though we have not decided on the order, here are the four interview topics:

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  • Mike Puckett and Anna Kilby from BCM of the High Country on a “true grit” culture and how a ministry holds on during a tough transition to a new paradigm for ministry.  They talked about going from a traditional BCM with a building to a new culture that does not include a building.
  • Lucas Aube with Encounter Student Ministries at Bishops University in Quebec came in to talk about ministering to the college in a highly secular campus with not many Christians or churches to support his work.  For anyone doing ministry in the south, this may be a good eye-opener for where we may all be going in the future.
  • Dave Turner and Elizabeth Hughes from Summit church in Durham sat down to talk about why ministries need to focus on freshmen early in the year and not just expect them to show up without some TLC.  They too have had a paradigm shift this year and were excited to share how it has changed their ministry.
  • Last, but certainly not least, Scott Kilby shared his experience of going from an insurance adjuster to a full-time, self-funded missionary with the BCM of the High Country in Boone, NC in just eight months.  He shares his call to join the ministry there and how God opened the doors for him to minister to students.

The first upload from this batch should be up in early December and you can subscribe in iTunes under No Campus Left. Click here
Hope you tune in and are encouraged by what you hear!