By Ginger Walcker
During January 2-6, 2014, the Life Impact collegiate conference took place at Glen Eyrie in Colorado Springs. Around 350 students from Baptist college ministries attended this year representing eight states—Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico. This annual conference focuses on the themes of prayer, evangelism, disciple making, and missions with large-group sessions and many breakout seminars from which to choose.
Conference speakers challenged students to build a firm foundation on Christ, seek to know God intimately, develop spiritual disciplines, be learners, and surrender their wills to God by trusting and obeying. Students pondered if they were willing to go wherever God asks, suffer persecution, and be a person He can use to fulfill the Great Commission and take the gospel to the nations.
Missionary Nik Ripken, one of the main speakers challenged students repeatedly during his sessions. He asked these questions, “Am I preparing myself today so that God will find me worthy to share in His suffering? Am I willing to ‘be faithful unto death’? How much time do I spend with the lost? Is there anything God can’t ask of me? Is there anything I’m holding back from God and not surrendering to Him?”
Speaking about Matthew 28:18-20, Nik said, “Going and making disciples is not a special ‘calling’ just for some. It’s a command for all believers.” He went on to say, “It’s not just about where you go. It’s about being willing to go wherever God asks. It’s about going to parts of town you don’t go and interacting with people you aren’t normally with.”
As the conference title suggests, lives were greatly impacted through this invaluable experience.
Ginger Walcker serves as Christian Challenge Director at the University of Northern Colorado.Leave a reply →