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By Katherine Ayers
Thursday, April 18, 2013
After 73 years at East Carolina University, the Baptist Campus Ministry will begin making major changes, starting with tonight’s service to install new leaders.
John Ridley, the campus minister, is moving this the summer to be closer to family in Georgia. Sometime in 2014, the Baptist student building at 511 E. 10th St., no longer will house the ministry.
According to Brian Davis with the N.C. Baptist State Convention, campus ministry across North Carolina is “moving into a new ministry that involves (local) churches in more strategic ministries with our students.”
“In the new model, our desire is to continue the tradition of leadership, missionary involvement and disciple-making on campus,” he said.
“Though we can cope without funding and a building, losing John Ridley as an adviser, minister and friend is the worst part of this deal,” ECU senior and BCM President Aaron Hall said in a Facebook note Monday.
According to Hall, the ECU student leaders have decided to rename the ministry “Reach ECU” and will hold many of the same activities, just on campus instead of at the BCM building.
“By being forced to be on campus, the Lord is forcing us to grow,” he said.
“From a ministerial standpoint, we’ve never been stronger.”
In his Monday note, Hall said “Reach ECU” will not have any association with the Baptists, but still will “carry on the fundamental values we had as a BCM.”
When the group got the news, Hall said they decided they “could either fail or carry on their values.”
“We decided to plan,” he said. “We want to point the organization in an outreach-focused direction. That’s still alive.”
ECU junior Kelsey Brown, the next BCM president as of tonight, said the changes have been a little overwhelming.
“But we can’t dwell on what we lose, we have to focus on what we’re going to gain,” she said. “God uses times like this to make us lean on him.”
Contact Katherine Ayers at firstname.lastname@example.org and 252-329-9567. Follow her on Twitter @KatieAyersGDR.
via The Daily Reflector.