UNION STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN D.C. EVENT

Baptist Press

Union UniversityJACKSON — Thirteen Union University students took part in the annual March for Life, a peaceful pro-life demonstration, held Jan. 27 in Washington, D.C.

The students are members of Life139, Union’s pro-life student group. They also participated in Evangelicals for Life and Students for Life conferences while in D.C.

“Abortion is the greatest human rights issue of our generation,” said Andrew Edmiston, a junior physics major and president of Life139. “It affects all races, all people. It’s the human life at its most innocent stage.” [Read more…]

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TBC STAFFER SEES JESUS AMID DEVASTATION

By Libby Eaton
Information Specialist, TBC

Libby Eaton

Libby Eaton

I saw Jesus today.  Literally.  He laughed, He sang, He cried, and He worked.  Hard.

I was with 31 students from Belmont University and Tennessee Tech University. These students decided they would be the hands and feet of Jesus during their fall break from school. We all traveled to Baton Rouge, La., to serve as disaster relief volunteers for the victims of the devastating flood there on Aug. 12.

We left Tennessee Oct. 7 and headed to Walker, La., a suburb of Baton Rouge. Though they arrived at all hours of the night (and early morning) all of the students were present for breakfast at 7:00 a.m. in the fellowship hall of our host church, Judson Baptist Church in Walker. [Read more…]

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BCM STUDENTS USE FALL BREAK TO MINISTER

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Leann Yuill, a student from Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, was one of almost 70 Baptist Collegiate Ministry students from across the state who spent their fall break helping flood victims in the greater Baton Rouge, La., area. — Photo by David LaMar

Leann Yuill, a student from Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, was one of almost 70 Baptist Collegiate Ministry students from across the state who spent their fall break helping flood victims in the greater Baton Rouge, La., area.
— Photo by David LaMar

BATON ROUGE, La. — Nearly 70 Baptist Collegiate Ministries students from three Tennessee campuses (University of Tennessee-Knoxville; Belmont University, Nashville; and Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville) used their fall break to help flood victims in Louisiana.

In addition, a team from Walters State Community College in Morristown did disaster relief work in West Virginia. [Read more…]

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STUDENTS MAKE DECISIONS ON UNION CAMPUS

Union News Office

-Photo by Kimmie Stewart

-Photo by Kimmie Stewart

JACKSON  — Union University hosted more than 4,000 campers at Centrifuge Camps throughout the summer. During the seven weeks of camps, more than 600 decisions were made, including 136 salvation decisions, 365 rededications, and 37 calls to ministry.

Todd Brady, Union’s vice president for university ministries, said Union is grateful to have had a part in the life-changing experiences that students had on campus this summer.

Objective_1_ICON_baptism“Throughout the years Union University has been a place where students experience the Lord in profound ways,” Brady said. “As a Christian college committed to the mission of providing Christ-centered education that promotes excellence and character development in service to church and society, we are grateful to partner with Centrifuge and be a part of what God is doing in the lives of young people throughout America.”

Students at each camp participated in morning and evening worship, small group Bible studies, and team-building recreation. Union provided the facilities for all of the activities.

The number of Centrifuge campers at Union has continued to grow over the past four years, and Brady said he prays Union continues to be a place where students’ lives are transformed by God.

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BUILDING A BRIDGE FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO COLLEGE

Morgan Owen
BCM Specialist, TBC

Morgan Owen

Morgan Owen

The phone call was one that, as a campus minister, you love to receive. Reed Tallman from Immanuel Baptist Church, Elizabethton, contacted me in July 2015 to pass along contact information on a student coming to the University of Tennessee at Martin.  The importance of the call was vital for Tallman because the student from his youth ministry, Roger Clark, lived more than 400 miles away from Martin. Tallman knew that this transition to college would be a huge step for Clark and he wanted to do all he could to build a bridge from the high school campus to the college campus for Roger. [Read more…]

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‘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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BCMS ON OPPOSITE ENDS OF STATE JOIN FORCES

Baptist Collegiate Ministries students from UTK and UofM stand at a station they offered at the University of Memphis. From left are Mason Thornton, Miranda Smith, Catherine Sharp, Katlyn Luthi, Vincent Nutt, Alex Rosas, Joe Drummer, associate pastor – college, Calvary Baptist Church, Knoxville, and Rebekah Luebbe.

Baptist Collegiate Ministries students from UTK and UofM stand at a station they offered at the University of Memphis. From left are Mason Thornton, Miranda Smith, Catherine Sharp, Katlyn Luthi, Vincent Nutt, Alex Rosas, Joe Drummer, associate pastor – college, Calvary Baptist Church, Knoxville, and Rebekah Luebbe.

By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor, Baptist and Reflector

MEMPHIS — A Baptist Collegiate Ministries group in the state recently served “in partnership,” as one BCM director put it, with another BCM group in Tennessee. The BCM at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, served with the BCM at the University of Memphis on the UofM campus as part of the fall missions trip of UTK BCM.

State BCM groups from several schools have worked together before, but this cooperative effort was very unusual in that one group considered the campus as a missions field and ministered there, said Bill Choate, collegiate ministries director for the Tennessee Baptist Convention. [Read more…]

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