Campus ministries carry on through quarantine

Bryce Stafford, BCM director, leads the Freshmen and Transfer Tuesday study over Instagram live. The BCM will continue streaming their services on Facebook and Instagram.

NSU President Steve Turner announced to students and faculty on March 13 that classes will move from the classroom to an online platform for two weeks following spring break. As the situation with the coronavirus pandemic increased so did the situation at NSU. On March 24, Turner announced that all NSU classes would be moving to the online platform for the remainder of the 2020 spring semester.

As classes transition to an online platform, several of the NSU campus ministries are following the example.

Chi Alpha, Christian Campus Fellowship and the Baptist Collegiate Ministry are utilizing different online platforms to continue their ministries while the coronavirus quarantine is in effect. Chi Alpha has moved their small groups as well as leadership trainings and meetings to Zoom. They will also utilize the livestreaming function on Facebook for their main Thursday night service.

“I think this makes us think about what is really important,” said Baxter Steward, Chi Alpha director. “For our campus ministry, we are concerned with our students’ devotional lives with their rhythms being interrupted, connection with each other and outreach to those stranded or isolated. The tendency when this all happened is for us to only think about how this affects the inconveniences in our lives. In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he said that we should look not only to our interests but to the interests of others. This is a tricky time, but with wisdom and intentionality, we can still fulfill every bit of the mission God has for us. We’re all in this together.”

CCF is utilizing Zoom as well for their Tuesday night meetings. CCF is also utilizing Slack, which is a business communication app similar to GroupMe or Discord.

“I believe our current situation will provide a unique opportunity to connect students with God and help them put their faith into practice,” said Andrew Wineinger, CCF director. “I encourage students to take care of what is needed today. Tomorrow, take care of that day’s challenges, seeking God’s way all the way.”

The BCM has been utilizing online platforms such as GroupMe as well as livestreaming functions on both Facebook and Instagram and they plan to continue doing so.

“We want to continue making God’s word available to students and the community,” said Bryce Stafford, BCM director. “Students should take all possible precautions. We want them to be able to establish or grow in their relationship with God.”

The ministries are hopeful to see their regular students continue participating while they deal with this situation.

Stafford wants to encourage students to rejoice always as the Bible instructs Christians to do in 1 Thessalonians 5:16. He said students have an opportunity to rejoice with their friends and families during this time, as well as to trust the leaders at NSU and in the government.

BCM has two services they are livestreaming, Impact on Monday nights at 8 p.m. and Freshmen and Transfer Tuesdays at 7 p.m. CCF has one service Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. Chi Alpha has one service on Thursday nights at 8 p.m.

For more information about Chi Alpha, email Baxter Stewart at baxterstewart99@gmail.com

For more information about CCF, email Andrew Wineinger at director@ccfnsu.com

For more information about BCM, email Bryce Stafford at brycestafford@gmail.com

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