ACU students are invited to build community at devotionals every Tuesday night, a revival of an old tradition.
The Administration Building steps have served as a Tuesday meeting place for students for more than 50 years. These devotionals have made Tuesday Night Devo a time-honored memory for many ACU alumni.
“The tradition died out in the early 2000s,” said Brady Robinson, a junior youth and family ministry major from Columbus, Ohio.
Robinson said he takes pride in the fact that he is not a leader of the Tuesday Night Devotional, but he is an instrument that God uses to plan the weekly gathering of a diverse group of students.
Students were encouraged by Pam Money to revive the devotional after its nearly 10-year hiatus. The group started the devotional last semester, moving it from its original location of the Administration Building steps to the Beauchamp Amphitheater outside of the Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building.
“When God tells you to do something, you just have to do it,” Robinson said.
Tuesday Night Devotional isn’t a stereotypical a cappella worship and scripture reading. Everything from washing one another’s feet to an Easter egg hunt have occurred during the 10 p.m. weekly meeting.
“This devo isn’t a regular devo. It’s not just some songs and some speakers. It’s about building community, discussion and allowing others to share their opinions,” said Joshua Bonnett, sophomore English major from Phoenix, and one of Tuesday Night Devo’s planners.
The custom has become an outlet for students. The devo serves as a place for students to forget about deadlines and schoolwork and connect with one another on a deeper level. Robinson says attendees often express to him that they feel more comfortable at Tuesday Night Devo than they do any other place on campus.
The group tends to range in size from four to 50 people, and a family feel is established at the beginning of the night.
“I always look forward to new and old faces,” Robinson said. “The best way for students to get involved is to just come. We are a welcoming and receptive community.”
More information about the group and the devo can be found on its Facebook page.