(Indianapolis, Ind. – DNS – July 29, 2009) – People were turned away at the door of the sold-out Youth and Friends Pizza Party Luncheon on Wednesday, July 29. A live DJ played throwback music from the 90’s that youth and adults alike sang along to as they waited in line for their lunch.
“It was definitely a success,” said Sammy Robles, a pastor from Orlando, Fla. and one of the Assembly’s youth coordinators, who helped organize the event.
Several special guests took the stage to talk to the youth about the benefits of attending a Disciples college or university. Dennis Landon, president of Higher Education and Leadership Ministries, emphasized two important reasons for considering a Disciples school. Disciples schools add values to education, he said. Students attending Disciples schools can be assured that their institution has values similar to their own and will be able to connect with other students to have similar beliefs. Landon also stressed the affordability of Disciples colleges and universities. There are a multitude of scholarships and grants available to Disciples students attending affiliated schools that make them as affordable as state schools.
Speakers from Texas Christian University, Eureka College, and Chapman University spoke about their individual colleges. The students discussed opportunities for financial aid, campus life and involvement, religious groups on campus, and how to maintain a personal relationship with God while at school.
The schools associated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are Barton College, Bethany College, Chapman University, Columbia College, Culver-Stockton College, Drury University, Eureka College, Hiram College, Jarvis Christian College, Lynchburg College, Midway College, Texas Christian University, Transylvania University, and William Woods University.
More information on these schools is available at www.helmdisciples.org or on the school’s personal websites.
By: Katie Johnson