Youth Ministries at IWU

“At the close of chapel, IWU student Olivia Eckart invited the student body to seek the face of Jesus in a new and fresh way. Students responded in mass and the service was extended for another three hours as students prayed with each other, prayed over each other and testified of mountains being moved in their lives.” I marvel at the number of times people comment on the spiritual atmosphere at Indiana Wesleyan University in conversations with me.  It is often stated in words such as these, “it isn’t just words – this is truly a Christ-centered school – the spiritual atmosphere in this place is truly amazing.”  We know it is true.  We also know this is something we can’t manufacture or for which we can take personal credit.  But we often see the beautiful transformations in student’s lives happening before our eyes. I have a genuine concern for

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Embracing Change, Adapting Ministerial Training for Today’s Minister

  Someone once told me, “Sailors don’t complain when the wind changes direction.  They just adjust their sails.” I’m not a sailor but this rings true for me. Life is full of changes. Sometimes I think about the world my grandparents lived in – how little a house cost, how low gasoline prices were, how direct and simple communication seemed to be.  People talked with one another on the porch rather than texting and sharing life updates in social media posts with photos captured by sophisticated cameras mounted inside expensive hand-held wireless telephones. The winds of life change.  Whether we like it or not, we have to adjust our sails. Ministry is no different.  At IWU we are blessed to prepare hundreds of women and men for ministry.  The pastors of our day live in the same complex and expensive world while following a passion to serve the Lord with

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A Story Full of Hope: Marion Design Co.

“And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.” Jeremiah 29:7 A fascinating story has been unfolding over the last few years – a story full of hope.  I have asked my communications assistant, Jill Pederson, to capture this story so that I could share it with you…. “It began four years ago when our Art + Design Division combined design, interior design, art and social impact into a new degree called Design for Social Impact – an idea originally birthed by Professor Wendy Puffer. Professor Herb Vincent Peterson and Teaching Fellow Luke Anspach joined the ranks of faculty at IWU – each adding key talents, knowledge and passion to the list of instructors guiding the Design for Social Impact students. In 2015, one IWU design student who enrolled in

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Glad You Stopped By

My parents gave their lives to missionary ministry.  One of the lessons they taught by word and example was the joy of Christian hospitality.  Growing up, our home was always open to visitors from other countries. One day I asked, “Dad, why do you always invite the visitors to our house?”  His answer has stuck with me for 50 years.  “We’ve been visitors in their countries and needed their hospitality.  It’s our place to show hospitality when they visit our country.” It turns out that this was great preparation for our work here at IWU.  It is our joy to welcome many, many guests to campus each year.  Every visitor is important to us.  We want each guest to FEEL welcome on this campus.  Watching this short video illustrates just how important campus visits are – both to our students and to IWU. Nicole Ignasiak, one of our student tour

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The Blind Boys of Alabama to Perform at IWU

Friends, You will not want to miss a very special event taking place this coming Friday in Marion on the campus of IWU. The Office of Multicultural Enrichment and Employee Development, The Multicultural Enrichment Council and The MLK Planning Committee have planned a community-wide celebration to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Friday, January 12, 2018. The Blind Boys of Alabama will be the featured guests at our student chapel (10 a.m.) and during the MLK Celebration Concert, “Living the Dream” at 7:00 p.m. in the Phillippe Performing Arts Center. The Blind Boys of Alabama are hailed as “gospel titans” by Rolling Stone and praised by the Washington Post for their “soul-stirring harmonies” and “range of cross-genre collaborations”. Rising to fame in the segregated south, group member Jimmy Carter reveals their goal has always been to “get out there and sing gospel music”. Recognized worldwide as living

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Proposed Tax Reform Negatively Impacts Private Higher Education

Those who keep abreast of political news may be following the tax reform legislation under construction currently.  We are monitoring the situation closely because of the current legislation in Congress (the Senate’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and H.R. 1 in the House of Representatives).  Both bills have serious implications for higher education institutions. At this writing, both bills have passed in their respective chambers.  It may be possible to change the final version of the law during the Conference process when the House and Senate versions are reconciled with each other. Here are proposed changes to tax law that could have serious negative consequences for higher education institutions: Student Loan Interest – The current $2,500 student loan interest deduction would be eliminated. Result:  Student loans become more difficult to repay. Charitable Giving – The standard deduction would effectively be doubled, significantly reducing the value of the charitable deduction. This

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Spiritual Life on Campus – Chapel

If you utilize social media sites (i.e. Facebook, Twitter) or visit national news sites, you will most likely agree that we are living in a rapidly changing and politically super-charged day. Our residential students are also engaged in social media and, for most, their days at IWU are the first where they find themselves interacting with the world from outside the umbrella of parental oversight. Knowing how pivotal college is for young adults, we at IWU are very intentional about our time together – both in the classroom, as well as every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning when our Marion IWU community meets together for chapel. It is our time to worship, encourage, nurture, as well as stretch our student’s hearts and minds towards a deeper life in Christ. I’ve known our Dean of Chapel, the Rev. Dr. John Bray, for many years. Before coming to serve as Dean of

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