Making college students feel welcome and connected


College is an incredibly formative time in the life of a student and it is an important time to make important decisions about faith.

Hugh Griffith, director of the Wesley Foundation at Mississippi State University, said college students are going to grow and develop in some way — positively or negatively — during their college experience, so it is urgent and crucial that students grow and develop in good and godly ways. 

“College students are ‘good soil,’ to borrow the image from Jesus’ parable in Matthew 13,” Griffith said. “There’s urgency in the fact not only good seed grows in good soil, but whatever is planted in good soil will grow and bear fruit, whether the fruit is desirable or not.  Wesley Foundation sows good seed–Kingdom seed–Gospel seed– in the good soil of college students.”

Griffith said “campus ministry serves students when they are away from home and no longer receiving the ministry of their home church like they did during their growing up days.”

There are a wide variety of campus ministries for students to experience on campus this fall, and many students who are in the area over the weekends may have the opportunity to visit local churches. Continue reading

Rev. Lindley to speak at Starkville’s National Day of Prayer


Giles LindleyRev. Giles Lindley, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Starkville, will be one of eight speakers at Starkville’s National Day of Prayer observance.

Starkville’s observance of the National Day of Prayer will be at noon, May 1 at the Starkville Sportsplex. The public is invited to attend.

Rev. Lindley has been a frequent speaker at the Starkville observance of the National Day of Prayer. This year, he will speak about the importance of praying for the church and all churches within each community. Continue reading