Lectureship has an outstanding heritage at ACU and has ministered to countless students, faculty members, alumni and visitors throughout the years of its existence. And while it’s hard to make changes to something that has had such positive results in the past, the university has begun to make significant adjustments to Lectureship in hopes of delivering a more student-friendly event.
The most obvious change in Lectureship is the date, which was changed from February to September. As Sing Song had always competed for students’ time and energy during past Lectureships, this change will allow students to participate more actively in presentations, gatherings and discussions.
As opposed to having the Zoe Group or other recognized praise teams lead worship as in past years, students will lead worship and present interpretive scripture readings for the morning devotionals.
Another group of students will contribute to Lectureship by leading attendees in different presentations and discussions;15 students appear in this year’s brochure.
The listed changes are only several ways the university is gearing Lectureship more towards students instead of the usual crowd: older adults who travel to Abilene from different parts of the country.
Students who are not playing an active role in Lectureship should intentionally look for different events to attend for the next several days.
The university is changing long-lived Lectureship traditions so you can feel more invited. Take advantage of all the activities that are being offered to you this week. Go to the Monday screening of the Invisible Children documentary or the evening sessions where you can receive double Chapel credit. You can hear encouraging lessons, learn of involvement opportunities and engage in fellowship with other Christians.
Though there may be Lectureship events that don’t interest everyone, but don’t use that as a cop-out to stay completely uninvolved. Utilize your resources, and make the most of the unique opportunity to learn more about the Christian life.
Honor the people who have worked for the past seven months to create an event tailored to and meet the interests of students and faculty. Likewise, encourage your fellow students who have chosen to help out with Lectureship by attending.
To students who attend different Lectureship events each year, enjoy this year’s revisions. And to those don’t, use this year to ammend old habits and utilize this opportunity.