This year, over 35 disciples from Seattle and more than 150 from the Northwest, gathered in San Diego for our annual campus campus ministry conference (ICMC). One of our student leaders wrote an article about his experiences and the way it touched everyone’s lives in our ministry that attended, and thank you Randolph for the aritcle.
July 4th – 7th Seattle’s campus ministry along with many other campus ministries gathered in San Diego for the International Campus Ministry Conference. This was a time of inspiration, encouragement, and humility. The theme this year was “Bent on Conquest” referring to Revelation 6:2 “2 I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.”
The messages were mainly focused on how we need to conquer our campuses, jobs, neighborhoods, friends, all so we can defeat Satan’s demons and save people with the truth. One of the things I personally took from this conference was from the lesson by Rob Castello, who happens to lead the San Diego campus ministry, where he was talking about how we can’t miss opportunities to reach out to people, because one day it will be too late. No more forgiveness, no more baptisms, no more opportunities. When that happens the people we missed will have never gotten a chance.
The other thing I got from ICMC was meeting/reconnecting with the other campus ministries. Seeing the work they have done, hearing about their good news but also with some campuses hearing their struggles. It really shows me that the Seattle campus isn’t alone in this fight. Their good news drives me forward to do better and share more while the struggles humbles me in the fact that we are blessed to be as productive as we are and fruitful as we are.
For those campus disciples who were not able to make it I plan on showing them what I learned through example. Through my reaching out. From Jermaine Peacock’s lesson, Jermaine who previously led the Spokane Church of Christ and currently helps lead the southern San Diego Church of Christ, we learned that our fear cannot get in the way. If it does then it will cost us souls. We need to show our love for God through our reaching out. Why hide that light? As Rob Skinner, previously led the Ashland church of Christ now leads the new Tucson Valley Church of Christ, why hide our greatest weapon, our love for God? Why hide our blessings? Why hide?
In conclusion ICMC was awesome. Humbling, encouraging, and very eye opening. The memories we made here will follow us for a long time. And just makes us want to make more brother and sisters to enjoy next year’s ICMC so that Seattle can share more good news when the campuses come together next. 2 I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.
By Randolph McGurrin