Discipleship & Leadership
Our weekly discipleship and leadership programs include the Barbara Jordan Leadership Training, Conversations on the Couch, and 1st Sunday Brunch.
Our leaders gather for lunch each Wednesday at noon. During this time we share visions for ministry at Wesley, finalize plans for upcoming activities, and then we go over topics pertaining to leadership. This past Wednesday we talked about career paths and how to best prepare ourselves for the journey.
Conversations on the Couch
Each Thursday at noon, our Wesley hosts Conversations on the Couch. During this event we invite peers from various organizations, dorms and clubs to come have lunch with us. Our student leaders then select a topic, write down the top five questions about that topic, and lead discussions on that topic. At the end of the event, we look at biblical truths about the topic.
I am extremely proud of the conversations that we’ve had this semester so far. Our students have discussed topics such as; real/healthy love, mass incarceration and the family structure, career paths, and police brutality. The student leaders have also selected topics for the remainder of the semester and those topics include, vision casting/vision board party, college and faith, and depression and anxiety.
1st Sunday Brunch
Each first Sunday of the month, we host Sunday Brunch. Sunday Brunch is our non traditional worship service. We gather at 1 pm, we have church and then we share brunch. Our very first Brunch went well. We also had special guests from the apartment homes across the street come out and worship with us. We enjoyed chicken and waffles and great fellowship with HouMin, the Lutheran Student Center on campus. We were blessed to have two students profess Christ and one student ask to be baptized this semester.
We were blessed to be invited by Trinity United Methodist church to participate in a six week study called Alpha. Each week I journeyed to Trinity to enjoy dinner and bible study. The student turnout was relatively low for this weekly event. This could have been due to the fact that the study was off campus. Nevertheless, the students who went with me always shared that they were helped or had a great time at Alpha. Pastor Jones and I have talked about possibly hosting this study on campus in the fall.
TSU Wesley has been working to secure Wesley days at various churches in our district and conference. I do understand the importance of fundraisers but I also know that often churches will give to our vision and mission if we go and share it. In February, Trinity UMC hosted a Wesley Sunday. We traveled around the corner, participated in their worship service and received a love offering from the church. If you would like to have us at your church, please let me know.
In March we will visit; Blue Ridge UMC, Trinity East UMC, and Trinity UMC. In April we will visit Trinity East UMC, Trinity UMC and Mt. Vernon UMC.
(Pictured Right: Texas Southern University students Candra Mock and Dumebi Enyinnaya read scriptures at Trinity UMC.)
All Campus Retreat
On February 17, 2023, 12 TSU Wesley students traveled to the All Campus Retreat at Lakeview United Methodist Conference Center. Our students had an opportunity to fellowship with college students from various schools within the bounds of the Texas Annual Conference. We had two students serve as small group leaders this year and they did a phenomenal job. We also enjoyed silent disco and archery.