Recent Training Conference

This past weekend Lehigh RUF joined RUFs from Johns Hopkins and Maryland for our semiannual Training Conference. At these conferences, students take one of several seminars or "tracks." The seminars range from teaching students everything from basics of the faith and an overview of the Bible to how to study the Bible and lead Bible studies. The conference is intense. Each seminar has about 10 hours of classroom instruction.

Now the question is, why have this type of training conference? Quite simply, because it's needed. Students train at universities in majors of their choice for a least 4 years to prepare for a career in a given field. If the Church, through RUF, wants to equip God's people for the work of ministry (Eph 4:11-16), why wouldn't we want these students to have quality training that can be used for the rest of their lives to build up Christ's body? As I'm finishing my fifth year with RUF, I have already seen God use these training conferences to greatly benefit the local church.

As an example, one of my former Lehigh students, Dan, participated in several training conferences while he was a student. In his final two years at Lehigh, he was leading small group Bible studies that gave him an opportunity to practice what he learned at these conferences. Upon graduation from Lehigh, Dan and his wife moved to a PCA church where there was no significant small group presence among young adults. So what did Dan do? He started small groups using the paradigm that he learned in RUF! Now, more than 25 people are involved through the small groups that Dan and his wife started. It's one of many examples of how God uses something like a weekend training conference to greatly benefit both students and the local church for years to come.

Scott Mitchell, Campus Minister at Lehigh
March 1, 2013 • 610-691-0988 • 631 Fourth Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18018