Opportunities for Freshman Students
Emerging Leaders Experience
The Emerging Leaders Experience is committed to encouraging the growth of your leadership thinking and practice while at ACU. As part of ACU’s Center for Christian Service & Leadership, ELE will help equip you for your Christ-centered journey.
Emerging Leaders can expect…
- Christ-centered reflection on leadership
- Contemporary leadership models & resources
- ACU@CitySquare learning experiences
- Connecting with ACU mentors
- Small group communities
- Challenging projects
- ELEmeets once a month for 90 minutes, with mentor group meetings with every other week and project assignments to complete. We discuss leadership from many different angles, share experiences, and apply what we learn to the ACU setting and opportunities through group projects.
The Emerging Leaders Experience is limited to a maximum of 75 participants. Interested students should complete the online application. Qualified applicants will be selected and notified by August 5.
Freshman Chapel Worship Team Members
The seven freshmen chapel sessions, offered as Tuesday Campus Conversation, will focus on equipping for the Christ-centered journey. Each chapel experience will include a time of praise in addition to practical insights shared by ACU staff, faculty, and local ministers.
Worship team members will be selected from the freshmen class by an audition process during Welcome Week, and mentored for leading in Chapel by local worship ministers. There will be opportunities for vocalists as well as instrumentalists throughout the semester’s chapels.
Fusion Campus Ministry Retreat (Speaker: Randy Harris)
Ministry & Service
Freshmen students are invited to participate in meaningful ministry and service experiences through guided training, planning, service, and reflection each semester. Students will select a service emphasis, form
small groups to share service experiences, and meet with the Director of Ministry & Service to plan for their project. Near mid-semester service groups will meet together to discuss progress and challenges. The project will continue toward the semester goal, with a second small group meeting near the end of the semester to discuss any problems or unresolved issues. A final meeting of all service groups will be held at the end of the semester to discuss the outcome of the projects. Written reflection of the service experiences will be collected and discussed.
- Christ-centered reflection on service. As we serve others in our community we will spend time discussing questions of motivation and methods that are make Christ-centered service distinctive from other community service efforts.
- Compassion-developing experiences. Christ served out of a deep love for others. Our “me first” culture can lead service efforts to be motivated out of a “what’s in it for me?” mentality. Our goal will be to focus on Christ and his compassion for others expecting growth of this kind of compassion in us.
- Personal transformation through service. As we model the servant nature of Christ, we expect the Holy Spirit to use these activities to transform us into the image of Christ.
- Connecting with ACU mentors. Serving along side a mentor opens our eyes to new ways of understanding our service as we observe and learn from a veteran of Christ-centered service.
- Intentional small group communities. The ministry of Jesus included a community of disciples who encouraged each other in service and spiritual growth. Our service activities will include forming small groups that are focused on Christ-centered service.