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Monday, August 01, 2005

Emerging Scholars Network (Allison)

As an undergraduate, I was greatly encouraged by my college's InterVarsity chapter and the godly men and women I encountered through the organization. When I was a sophomore, our local adult leader introduced me to a Christian couple who were both IV alums. The wife became a mentor of sorts-- it was the first time I had an ongoing, discipling relationship with a Christian family with young children where I wasn't just "the babysitter." Through IV, I also helped lead a women's Bible study group, served in diverse urban neighborhoods, and was introduced to several excellent Christian thinkers.

Today I ran across a link to IV's Emerging Scholars Network and thought the readers of this blog might appreciate the resource. I find their mission statement highly encouraging to maintaining a Christian presence in the academy:

The Emerging Scholars Network is called to identify, encourage, and support the next generation of Christian scholars, at all stages of their academic careers, who will be a redeeming influence within higher education as they:

Love God with heart, mind, soul, and strength as they follow God's call in discipleship and spiritual formation

Exhibit excellence in research, teaching, and service

Influence the university, the church, and the world by practicing their disciplines from a profoundly Christian viewpoint

Embody the gender, ethnic, and social diversity of the church within the academy

3 Comments:

  • At 7:33 PM, Blogger greenemama said…

    that looks like a really great resource! thanks, allison. :)

     
  • At 8:07 AM, Blogger Sallie said…

    Hi Allison!

    Where were you involved with IVCF? I was on staff at Michigan State for a few years. It was a great learning experience for me as well.

    Sallie

     
  • At 12:32 PM, Blogger Allison said…

    Hi Sallie!

    I don't know when you posted this, and I'm sorry I haven't seen it until now to answer your question.

    I was involved in IVCF at Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama. I have friends who were involved here in Georgia at Emory U, and have met others from Florida, Tennessee, and Louisiana schools who were involved in schools there.

    Actually, I almost went on staff myself, but ended up working with a ministry called Apartment Life instead. It is like being the RA for an entire complex instead of one hall or dorm. Most importantly, it has been a way both my husband and I could be in ministry together. We're "retiring" at the end of this month after three years of service. We'll still be involved with our apartment community, just not as much administratively now.

    And that is probably much more information than your ever wanted to know!

     

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