The Ministerial Association and Koinonia (the campus women’s ministry) hosted a worship night on October 29th in the MLB Auditorium. The event was open to everyone, not just ministry students, and it was a time of rest and a chance to let go of all the stress of the week. The atmosphere was one of light-hearted friendliness, providing a safe space for students to come and simply worship God.
This was the second time the MAs and Koinonia have held a worship night. The first one was in the spring, when the ministry students wanted to have a time where people could come together and be reminded of the work God is doing in everyone’s lives. They specifically wanted it to be open to non-ministry students as a way to dismantle the cliquey feeling that tends to surround those in ministry. They went to great lengths at both events to create the sense of an informal gathering; in this recent one, hot chocolate and snacks were provided beforehand, and a tissue-paper campfire graced the front of the MLB podium.
The night was a mix of singing and testimonies, blending personal worship with accounts of the great things God has done in the lives of those who spoke. Mikayla King, president of Koinonia, spoke first, sharing about her personal journey of ups and downs with God. Splitting her time at college into three phases, she was open about the things she’s experienced in her time at BMC, talking about both the highs and the lows she’s gone through. Her hope is that her story will encourage others as they walk through the highs and lows in their own lives. Zack Ainsworth spoke next, sharing about his difficult upbringing and how God has worked in him despite all the hardships he has experienced. Jesse Anderson, Jakob Harris, and Margaret McCain led worship for the evening, using their incredible musical gifts to help everyone praise our Lord.
According to Mikayla, the worship night was intended to help people realize that the ministry students aren’t a clique and are far more than the people who get together on Fridays. The ministry group is made up of people who are just like everyone else, and the united worship and testimony sharing was designed to help non-ministry students feel welcome. “We took the time to talk about our struggles,” Mikayla said, “which is really good coming from the ministry students.” She hopes the attendants left with the realization that Christianity isn’t about being perfect but instead about how God can still use people despite their struggles.
The worship night was certainly a sweet time of fellowship and joint worship, a relaxing space in the midst of the insanities of this semester.