A friend of mine in campus ministry loves to press home the importance of what he calls ‘cross-training’ -- the idea of exposing the students he is mentoring to the influence of other Christians in meaningful ways. Such training provides a helpful reinforcement as young Christians are exposed to other disciples working the gospel out in every area of their lives. As my hunger for biblical truth grew in college, I loved to ask older and wiser Christian men who was most influential in their growth. Their answers opened the door to a world of teaching and preaching and counseling that, in the last decade, has deepened my love for Christ and strengthened my desire to press hard in kingdom-expanding work. I am grateful to God for men like D.A. Carson and David Powlison and Thabiti Anyabwile and Tim Keller and John Piper who have challenged me not only in their writing and preaching but in the testimony of their lives.
This is one of the many reasons why I am delighted that our college freshmen and sophomores will be traveling to the Gospel Coalition Conference in April. For the second time, we will have the joy of serving the conference attendees as the volunteer corps - a 'cross-training' opportunity that will allow our students to connect with Christians from around the country, to be exposed to a variety of Christian leaders through the plenary and breakout sessions, and to press into each other's lives as they pray and eat and work and dialogue with classmates, mentors, and faculty. We'd love to see you there too.
Ryan Griffith, M.A. is the Assistant Professor of Christian Worldview and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Bethlehem College and Seminary.