Impact Ministry Day Reaches 20 Ministries
Published: 31 October 2012
One day each semester, Point University cancels classes and gives students, faculty and staff the opportunity to participate in a ministry day. Tuesday, October 23 marked this semester’s ministry day: Impact. Almost 400 students and the entire faculty served, as well as a number of staff members. The Point community served ministries in the Greater Valley Area, Temple, Ga., and City of Refuge in Atlanta. They also went to ministries in Opelika and Auburn, Ala., reaching 20 ministries altogether.
Wye Huxford, vice president of spiritual formation and dean of the chapel, says the purpose of Ministry Day is multi-layered: “It is an opportunity for us to make someone’s life a little better, some ministry a little more productive, some spot on God’s green earth a little less littered.”
Impact Ministry Day is also an opportunity for Point University students to realize that the biblical knowledge they gain, and the faith that is integrated into all academic subjects, is not merely theory – it must be put into practice. Moreover, it is a practical way that the Point community can point culture to Christ.
For this ministry day, Huxford asked four students - Rebekah Ruben, Curtis Zehner, Katie Crumbley and Jeremy Ledford - to help plan and coordinate the event. This group of students created the name Impact to use for this and future ministry days. The theme reflects the idea of the impact the Point community can have in all the places it serves.
“Impact is a perfect name for this day because Point students are determined to make an impact on the world in which we live,” says Huxford. “That impact often gets reflected back into their own lives and the old cliché about getting more out of ministry than you give rings true in the lives of many students. For me, the clearest signal of our commitment to Christ and to the oneness of the body of Christ is our willingness to serve one another. I teach that in my theology class and it is thrilling to see our students living it out in such powerful ways.”
Huxford says that with the growth of the student body, Point will continue to seek creative ways for its community to take part in future ministry days.
-Joy Ugi, Communications Coordinator
Photos courtesy of Kristen W. Niemeyer