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UC’s BCM leads DNOW


Williamsburg, Ky. – A Discipleship Now (DNOW) event was led by the Baptist Campus Ministries (BCM) of the University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) during the weekend of November 22-24 at Laurel Lake Baptist Camp.

“The purpose for Discipleship Now is for teenagers to grow in Christ and learn what it means to be a disciple,” said Kelsey Day, an intern at the BCM. “And for college students to invest in them, have fun, and really get serious about what it means to be a disciple of Christ.”

Five churches participated in DNOW with about 50 youth and adults as well as about 40 volunteers from the BCM. The weekend started off with the youth and college students getting to know each other by playing games before dinner and worship.

The worship music was led by a local, student-led Christian band, Oh! Divide and the speakers were different college students for each of the four services. The main scripture for the weekend was the book of Ruth. The speakers related Ruth’s story to what the Gospel is, why Christians should share the Gospel, and how to share the Gospel.

After each worship service, everyone was separated into small groups of four to five people. A small group of youth was led by two college students and they discussed with the youth what the message meant to everyone and answered any questions that the kids had.

“I learned to not to be ashamed to tell your friends about God,” said Mercedes Canada.

The weekend also included fun activities such as a picture scavenger hunt, team building activities, and a “Saturday Night Live” of games and funny skits.

“Being Christian doesn’t mean we’re not fun,” said Annmarie Lake (Mason, Ohio) a UC student. “We can still live a full, fun life.”

The youth were active in learning to be Disciples of Christ as they ministered to others by participating in a service project and by making hair bows and writing letters for girls in Guatemala and manger scenes to sell to support missions.

The Sunday morning worship service was a little bit different with the girls and guys separating. The guys talked about their purpose in life and the girls were taught about their value in Christ. The college students showed the youth that they were important by investing in them over the weekend. The college students continued to fellowship with the youth by dividing up and going to the five different churches for their church services on Sunday morning.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; ten pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information, visit

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