Last weekend, 55 University of New England students, 16 Southern Cross Uni students, and 8 staff invaded the Coffs coast for mid year conference (myc09). You may have heard about myc – it was a weekend where students would hear from God’s word, get together for seminars and have some fun. The weekend didn’t disappoint!
Over the weekend, we listened to 4 talks on Titus and were challenged to think about our world view – is it centred on hope of eternal life in Jesus, and does it shape our lives? We thought about what it means to be a godly leader, what it means living for Christ as younger men and younger women (and how to practice being older men and older women now). We thought about our motivation for doing good deeds – our own pride or obligation? Or in response to God’s grace and mercy to us?
Also the students had the opportunity to participate in seminars and think through the implications of what they were learning from Titus: what it means to “take control” of stuff like our time, money, friendships, our emotions and mood. The most popular seminar (by far!) was the relationship and sex seminar. Hearing some of the students talk about it afterwards, they were challenged to think through how to keep Christ the centre of their relationships and have godly motives in approaching any relationship.
Overall the weekend was great opportunity to see the bigger picture of uni ministry. We got to hear what gospel ministry is happening at both Lismore and Armidale campuses. It was encouraging for us TBTers to hear the Armidale students talk of the ministry that is happening on another regional uni campus and how they are caring for other students, who don’t know Christ. But we didn’t just think bout our own situations – we also spent some time looking at student ministry around Australia and the world.
Please pray that…
– The students may retaining what they learnt at MYC
– The students may grow in their understanding of the gospel & live transformed lives at SCU
– The students may have a greater vision for student ministry in regional Australia and beyond