Friday, January 3
Charleston Atlantic Presbytery
Less than two years ago, the Presbyterian campus ministry at the College of Charleston had four students. Now, after the hiring of a 29-year-old director and a dramatic recasting of vision, this replanted worshiping community called the Journey already numbers around 75 students and is the second-largest ministry at the college. Of that number, about a quarter were raised in the PC(USA), while the rest hail from other denominations or are new followers of Jesus.
Surprisingly, worship gatherings at the Journey are not the stripped-down, rock-music worship services of many nondenominational churches. This Presbyterian worshiping community uses liturgy, practices a Reformed understanding of Communion, and regularly sets hymns to acoustic guitar, piano, and violin. Additionally, the director of the Journey views himself first and foremost as a missionary. He credits the community’s continuous growth to preaching a Reformed, historical gospel message in contemporary and intellectually compelling language while genuinely including the students most likely to be skeptical or wary of Christianity.
Charleston Atlantic Presbytery and several of its 48 congregations support this mission to the campuses of Charleston. They jointly provide approximately half its financial support, while the director raises the rest from individual donors.
Let us join in prayer for:
Donnie R. Woods, executive presbyter/associate stated clerk
Deane A. Kemper, stated clerk
Jessie A. “Pie” Mikell, associate for congregational nurture
John H. “Jay” Jackson, business manager
Michael L. Fitze, NCD and church transformation consultant
Eric Doss, director of communications
Chris Sarkowski, director of youth ministry
Margaret Mitchell-Rivers, treasurer
Barbara A. Burger, director of administration
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Rona Agnew, BOP
Elder Loyda Aja, OGA
Selvakumar Alavandar, BOP
Let us pray
Lord, we thank you that your gospel is being advanced on college campuses ans in the hearts of college students. We pray that healthy spiritual foundations will be built at the Journey's newest replant at the Citadel. We ask that you would continue to raise up support among individuals and congregations in Charleston for the crucial mission field of campus ministry. We pray these things in the powerful name of Jesus. Amen.