State Collegiate Conference Feb. 21-22 will call students to ‘Re:engage’ world, culture & call
Jan 22, 2014
By FLBaptist STAFF

TAMPA (FLBaptist)—More than 400 students drawn from both Florida college campuses and local church ministries will explore how to reengage their campuses to reach the culture for Christ Feb. 21-22 during the annual State Collegiate Conference in Tampa.  

The conference is a “convergence of college students and leaders who want to ignite the passion for Christ in their churches and on their campuses to make the name of Jesus famous,” said Rahul Agarwal, director of Florida Baptists’ Tampa area Baptist Collegiate Ministries. 

“These students will learn the importance of our call to reach the culture where they have been placed by pursuing others because God has never stopped pursuing them,” Agarwal said.

Worship during the two-day meeting with the theme, “Re:engage. Your world. Your culture. Your call,” based on John 17:18, will be fleshed out by keynote speaker Jake English, minister to college age students and young singles at Idlewild Baptist Church in Tampa.

The meeting is scheduled for Tampa’s First Baptist Church of Temple Terrace, beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, and ending at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22. 

A dozen seminars on Saturday will help the collegians discover their call to discipleship with topics including: engaged prayer; initiating conversations; un-clicking; knowing your opponent; reaching your community; and discovering hurting people. Leadership training will also be highlighted. 

In addition to worship, students will be encouraged to look at mission opportunities available to them as Southern Baptist volunteers through the North American Mission Board and International Mission Board, as well as local missions in their own community. Representatives from Southern Baptist seminaries and Florida Baptist Convention’s Theological Education ministries will help students explore opportunities for a future calling. 

Lance Beauchamp, Baptist Campus minister for the Tallahassee area, said the annual gathering helps students understand “their identity as Christians called to their campuses. They are inspired when they see other Christians from other schools who also are living for Christ on campuses,” he said.

“It is also valuable in equipping students as leaders not only through campus ministries or collegiate ministries today, but also as leaders in their future lives,” he added.

These students, he said, will become Christian leaders in the marketplace.

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