‘THE WORLD HAS COME TO TENNESSEE’

By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Some participants of “Coffee and Conversation” pause during one of their weekly gatherings at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry center of the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. This group includes students from Japan, China, and Thailand. Samantha Hawes, fourth from left, associate campus minister, UTK BCM, was a part of the group.

Some participants of “Coffee and Conversation” pause during one of their weekly gatherings at the Baptist Collegiate Ministry center of the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. This group includes students from Japan, China, and Thailand. Samantha Hawes, fourth from left, associate campus minister, UTK BCM, was a part of the group.

KNOXVILLE — Carly Jiaxin He of China visited the Baptist Collegiate Ministry Center at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville with her friend, Ladda Reed, who is from Thailand.

She felt comfortable as she enjoyed the luncheons for UTK students and met other students, even internationals just hanging out, playing ping-pong, and relaxing on some of the sofas.

Reed told Jiaxin He about “Coffee and Conversation” for international and American students at the BCM which Jiaxin He visited. Soon she was attending regularly, making a friend of her partner, practicing English, and getting to know America. She and Reed began talking about Jesus. Her mother was a Christian but she wasn’t.

Today, just about a year later, Jiaxin He is a “follower of Christ,” reported Samantha Hawes, associate campus minister, UTK BCM. She also is the international ministry coordinator of the BCM and lives in one of its apartments. [Read more…]

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BAPTIST COLLEGIATE MINISTRIES — BEST DONE TOGETHER

By Bill Choate
Collegiate Ministries Director, TBC

Bill Choate

Bill Choate

In the next few weeks, many of our fine young adults will leave home to go off to college. Moving off to live and learn on a university campus is an important step in growing toward adulthood. Tennessee Baptists continue to invest much in providing Baptist Collegiate Ministry on our campuses. BCM is a ministry of our churches — ministry done with, by, and for local Baptist churches. BCM is one of those things we do best together.

Why do Tennessee Baptists use Cooperative Program and Golden Offering for Tennessee Missions funds to provide collegiate ministers and BCM centers across Tennessee? [Read more…]

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TENNESSEE’S MINISTRY TRAINING GROUND

By Randy C. Davis
TBC Executive Director

Randy C. Davis

Randy C. Davis

Here’s a quiz. Ready? What does a country girl from McMinnville, an agnostic from Mt. Juliet, a Division I basketball player from Memphis, and a Jewish young man from Georgia have in common?

Hint: The same thing as several Muslims from Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Yemen, and quite a few Buddhists from Korea, Japan, and China. They were all brought to Jesus as Lord and Savior through the Great Commission work of your Tennessee Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM). [Read more…]

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KEEPING CHURCH KIDS IN CHURCH

 Editor’s Note: This issue of the B&R focuses on the start of a new collegiate year and the efforts of Baptist Collegiate Ministries on campuses across Tennessee.

Alex Melton, second from left, minister of youth and college students at First Baptist Church, Cookeville, and students from FBC attended a summer Bible study at the BCM center at Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, to help prepare them for college life.  — Photo by Ben Maddox

Alex Melton, second from left, minister of youth and college students at First Baptist Church, Cookeville, and students from FBC attended a summer Bible study at the BCM center at Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, to help prepare them for college life.
— Photo by Ben Maddox

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

COOKEVILLE — Little Johnny, Billy, Susie, and Katie were all reared in church. From the time they were born they attended church on Sunday mornings and nights and were in all the missions education programs and various choirs on Wednesday nights.

They grew up in the youth program and attended all the special events and served on several missions teams while in high school.

Now, they have graduated from high school and will be away from home for the first time as they go off to college. [Read more…]

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PRIORITIES: CHRIST FIRST, THEN GOLF

By Bill Sorrell
Contributing Writer

Ben Reeves displays the form that made him an all-conference golfer at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Ben Reeves displays the form that made him an all-conference golfer at the University of Tennessee at Martin.

MARTIN — Driving down Interstate 40 toward Jackson, saw something that made him almost swerve off the road — a larger-than-life picture of himself  on a billboard advertising the University of Tennessee at Martin where he is a senior.

“I was looking around at the other cars. Do they know that this guy is in the car next to them?” laughed Reeves, who is captain of the golf team. “It was fun. A lot of guys gave me a hard time about it.”

UTM golf coach Jerry Carpenter has seen Reeves’ face value. [Read more…]

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MINISTRY TO MILLENNIALS PRESENTS CHALLENGE

By Benjie Shaw
Campus Minister, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis

Benjie Shaw

Benjie Shaw

While many still associate Millennials with college campuses and young adult idealism, the reality is that the vast majority of Millennials has moved on from college and is firmly entrenched in an all too familiar narrative of idealism confronting reality.

In 2014 the Pew Research Forum identified Millennials as the portion of the population between the ages of 18-33 (Pew Research Center, “Millennials in Adulthood: Detached from Institutions, Networked with Friends.” Released March 7, 2014). It’s now 2016, so add two years to those ranges and you realize that only about 10 percent of the Millennial population in America is college-aged. Millennials have mostly moved on from academic settings and are now infiltrating the “real world.” [Read more…]

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Fire destroys BCM building

But not spirit at Cumberland

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

LEBANON – An early morning fire on Sept. 3 destroyed the Baptist Collegiate Ministries building at Cumberland University here, but it did not destroy the spirit of those involved with the BCM.

“There are no accidents with God,” observed Dave Shelley, director of missions for Wilson County Baptist Association, which owns the BCM building. “There will be good that comes out of this,” he affirmed.

Evan Owens, BCM director at Cumberland, was notified of the fire at 5:15 a.m. by Tyler Smith, BCM president, and Nick Sackman, BCM vice president, who lived in the BCM residence apartment upstairs. [Read more…]

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