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College ministers planning +Rest and Renewal +97,+ additional retreats

March 19, 1997

College ministers planning 'Rest and Renewal '97,' additional retreats

By Chad Jackson

Lariat Reporter

College ministers from many well-attended Waco area churches gather to share ideas and pray each month. The ministers hold informal meetings the first Tuesday of every month.

Some activities are being planned between several of the church groups, said Brent Peery, college minister of First Baptist Church of Waco.

The group is made up primarily of Baptist ministers, but some ministries involved are non-denominational, said Rae Wright, assistant director at the Baptist Student Ministries.

One is a joint retreat called 'Rest and Renewal '97, ' he said. This involves First Baptist Church of Woodway, First Baptist Church of Waco and Columbus Avenue Baptist Church. The retreat will be after finals on May 13 through May 15 at Mount Levin in Cedar Hill.

The main goal of the retreat is to give students a chance to relax after exams, Peery said. The retreat will hold times of worship in the evenings and time to play during the day. Some of the activities are ultimate Frisbee, swimming and tournaments of other sports.

Also, some members of the informal group are going to 'College Metro,' a national meeting of college ministers, Peery said. Last year four ministers traveled together and used the time to bond, Peery said. The unusual bond among college ministers impressed Peery.

Dudley Callison, director of Face to Face Ministries of Waco, will speak at this year's College Metro conference, said Peery.

Peery referred to the Waco area meeting as a 'gathering' rather than anything more formal. He said the people who come are friends.

Peery attended a similar meeting when he attended the University. This meeting is a group that knows each other better, he said. 'These guys are really my friends,' Peery said. 'These guys are not just guys I tolerate for a meeting.'

Wright said unity among campus ministries comes from these gatherings.

'The support and encouragement we can give each other is positive,' Wright said.

Wright also sees this as an opportunity to 'connect' with other ministries. Wright said she appreciates the opportunity to know others more personally in this meeting.

Chris Seay, pastor of University Baptist Church, said this bonding and unification happen during the meetings.

Seay also said this group gives him opportunities to meet with the ministers at other times in a 'one-on-one' setting. He said these times give him opportunities to know other ministers better.

Seay said the group is about 'being connected and knowing what's going on' so that they do not 'duplicate' the activities of other groups.

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