Four Shorter College students have been busy over the last few weeks and not just with schoolwork and exams. Eric Jackson, Ward Bearden, Jeremy Kirby and Chris Poole have all volunteered their time in order to make the “Up With the Son Wildwood Run/Praise and Worship Rally” a complete success.
Sponsored by the Polk-Haralson Association Youth Missions and hosted by Collard Valley Church in Cedartown, the sixth-annual event is scheduled for April 4. In year’s past, more than 16 churches have participated in the event and as many as 200 people have attended.
According to Janice Stewart of Polk-Haralson Youth Missions, planning for the event began about two months ago, and it’s been going a fast pace ever since. “I think these Shorter students have found out in a hands-on way just how much prayer, planning, communication, and work goes into planning a youth event ... especially one involving multiple churches. Each has worked very hard to do his part, and I am sure that this year's event will be awesome.”
This will be the first time in the Wildwood Run and Rally’s history where college students have handled all aspect of planning the event, Stewart said. “Other colleges have helped lead the worship rally part of our program, but this is the first time that students have planned and led it.”
The Shorter students who organized the event are part of the college’s youth ministry class, led by Gordon Davidson. Students were responsible for the promotion of the event as well as booking praise and worship bands, coordinating the race, registration, door prizes and special speakers.
Shorter College’s Department of Religion and Philosophy Chair Dr. Alan Hix said that when it comes to preparing students to enter into the ministry, nothing beats real-life experience. “Having our students participate this activity reflects our philosophy of not only preparing students academically for ministry, but also giving them actual ministry opportunities under the guidance of an experienced minister,” Hix said. “All of our Christian ministry classes now have some type of field experience as a part of the course. It is the hands-on experience that helps the students flesh out the principles they have learned in the classroom. The result is a student-minister who knows not only the ‘how’ of ministry, but the ‘why’ of ministry as well.”
Registration for the run begins at 8:15 a.m. in Cedartown at Collard Valley Baptist Church. The youth-led worship rally kicks off at 10:30.
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