Spiritual Life at Kettering College
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms... Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people. 1 Peter 4:10, Ephesians 6:7
The articulated institutional mission of Kettering College seeks to educate students to make service a life calling…to this end we believe that outcome will be realized as we follow Christ and serve others. E.G. White speaks to this, "True education means more than the perusal of a certain course of study. It means more than a preparation for the life that now is. It has to do with the whole being, and with the whole period of existence possible to man. It is the harmonious development of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual powers. It prepares the student for the joy of service in this world and for the higher joy of wider service in the world to come."--Education, p. 13.
To this end we encourage and support service institutionally, and to the local and wider community through meaningful bi-weekly encounters:
· Make A Difference Day
· Target Dayton
· Sycamore Glen Nursing Home Ministry
· Mission Trips
And we all, who…contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory…. 2 Corinthians 3:18
James Baldwin the American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic once commented that, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
To that end we are responsible for creating the context in which ideas, biblical truths and social phenomenon can be encountered and faced. Thus the opportunity for change might be engaged and facilitated - that we might be challenged to realize our great spiritual potential and effect good in our unique contexts and places of work and study.
· Spiritual Emphasis Fridays
· The Collective
· Community Concerts
· Aroma Cafe
We sent Timothy, who is our brother and co-worker in God’s service in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, I Thessalonians 3:2
Nurture is about growing in our understanding of what is right, noble and truthful – for the believer this deep truth is circumscribed by one’s faith. Hebrews 11:1 articulates that faith is…” the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” This faith is vital to rightly understanding life’s etiquette or worldview and needs to be educated, challenged and embraced. For Paul, in Romans 10:17 this spiritual phenomenon happens…“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.”
Pistis, is the Greek word for faith – it is the conviction of the truth that God exists and is the creator and ruler of all things. It is this deep conviction that has been so transformative ever since the Advent, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is this faith that was responsible for the declarative statement of some of the perplexed, and some jealous, citizens of Thessalonica, “These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here.” Acts 17:6
This faith has stirred the hearts of countless thousands that were martyred throughout the ages and is vital in every age and time.
The prolific author E.G. White has stated that, “The greatest want of the world is the want of those men and women who will not be bought or sold, those who in their inmost souls are true and honest, those who do not fear to call sin by its right name, those whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole, those who will stand for the right though the heavens fall.” True Education p.38
Nurture is our response to this call.
· Personal Bible Studies
· Spiritual Homes
This is what the LORD says — your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.” Isaiah 48:17
There have been times in our lives when we have needed someone to listen intently to the narrative of our lives and to help us to make sense of it. The times when the challenges of life (finances, relationships, work, children, school, etc.,) take their toll on one’s self; it can seem like the plot has been lost in the undergrowth of living. This tension and struggle and the desire for peace and wholeness Anaïs Nin aptly articulates, “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” There may come a time when the tension becomes disconcerting, and there is a deep need to find guidance and direction - to retrace and re-chart life’s coherence. The role of the college chaplain is to help to do just that; to listen, reflect and as necessary to give guidance when life’s plot seems at odd with one’s reality.
· Class Devotions
· Spiritual Conversations
· Pastoral Counseling
· Mentoring / Spiritual Life Coaching
(937) 395-8601 x 6