Acquiring knowledge, skills, and character are all components in maturing leadership. We want our curriculum to inform, shape, and engage our Kingswood students to grow more like Christ, to become servant leaders for fulfilling the Great Commission. PULSE is a day set apart for specific attention to spiritual formation, to focus on becoming a Christ-like servant leader.
In February, students took the first Wednesday as a Sabbath. Learning how to create specific, sacred space for communing with the Father is key to spiritual growth. It is listening to the heartbeat of our Heavenly Father. This is PULSE.
The next Wednesday Dr. Nancy Nason-Clark, professor and chair of Sociology at UNB Fredericton, spoke on Domestic Violence: Religion as Part of the Solution, Not Just Part of the Problem. Her twenty-year research clearly showed students how they, as future church leaders, could help the prevention and healing process of domestic abuse. Training the mind is to know what breaks the Father’s heart. This is PULSE.
For the third Wednesday, students were scheduled to have a time of interacting with sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students at Sussex Middle School. Unfortunately, classes at the Middle School were cancelled due to a heavy snowfall. Instead, Kingswood students picked up snow shovels. Shovelling sidewalks, driveways, and entryways around the campus, students banded together to help the exhausted snow removal crew that had faced heavy snowfalls for much of the week. They even shovelled driveways at neighbouring houses.
“This morning could have created disappointment or frustration; yet, you served one another with unity and purpose,” Dr. David Smith later wrote in an email to the students. “Wow, servants declare the Gospel in so many ways. It was neat to see you all talking and laughing as you worked together to clear the snow away at the Chapel and walkways, etc. How beautiful is the Body of Christ!”
Being the hands of the Father in service, this is PULSE.
On the last Wednesday of the month, Karl deSouza, from Jews for Jesus, presented the message of the Passover by discussing the elements of the Seder Meal. Connecting symbolism of the Old Testament to meaning of the New Testament, deSouza shared how Jesus is the Passover Lamb for all. Professor Betty Weatherby, Director of the Worship Ministry program, continued in the second hour with a presentation on the significance of events in the Christian calendar and how commemorating Christian holidays will enrich one’s worship experience. As students learn more about who God is through symbolism and celebrations, they will better understand the heartbeat of the Father and worship Him. This is PULSE.
PULSE informs our minds, shapes our character, and engages our hands, helping us to walk in step with the Father as we serve Him.