MISHAWAKA- Bethel University held its annual Spiritual Emphasis Week beginning on Monday, Sept. 12 and ending on Friday, Sept. 16.
This year, there were 8 chapel services and a worship night around the bonfire. Guest speaker Pastor Geoff Eckart spent the week on campus interacting with students and speaking in the chapel services. Eckart shared the story of Joseph and spoke about the importance of dreams and the ways in which God uses people’s dreams. Eckhart said he was very encouraged by the student’s attendance and participation.
Spiritual Emphasis Week is an important week for both the students and faculty at Bethel University because it encourages all of Bethel’s community to spend more time focused on God and to invite Him to move on the campus.
“It’s an intentional week to pause in the midst of a crazy time to invite Jesus to do things in our lives,” Tom Carter, the associate director of community life, said.
The week was wrapped up with a night a of worship around the fire lead by the spiritual life interns on Thursday evening and a chapel service emphasizing the importance of mentorship and continuing to live out the Christian walk on Friday morning. The worship event gave students a chance to share about things they heard the Lord say to them during the week and allowed them to hear other people’s experiences as well.
Bethel students were encouraged to sign up for a mentorship program and get involved in midweek small groups. Students can ask someone to mentor them or sign up to be paired with a mentor through an email sent out by the student life department. Midweek small groups start on Wednesday, Sept. 21, and all the different options and locations are listed in the email sent out Sept. 16 by the Student Life Department.