BCMs around the state are beginning the process of selecting leadership for the next year. Please be in prayer for students who are applying and those who will be selected to lead in ministry and outreach!
Campus Spotlight – University of Tennessee, Knoxville
BCM Staff Names
Rodney Norvell Director
Samantha Hawes Associate Director
Rachel Edonmi Campus Missionary, Volunteer
Number of students on our campus 27,400
Number of International Students 1,200
Representing how many nations 112
Our campus is unique because: We have a relationship with another country who sends a large amount of students to our university to study. We have a top nuclear engineering program as well as an anthropology “body farm” that studies the process of decomposition. It is a flagship public research university with multiple graduate schools including a veterinary, law, and medical school.
One of the best ways we have found to connect with new students is: through our welcome week events like Four Square and Fourth Meal, Friday Night Live, and our welcome home cookout that serves over 1,000 people. When they join us for an activity we get their information and send a follow up email to thank them for connecting with us and letting them know we are there to help them have the best first year in college ever! We also enjoy doing proxe evangelism stations that engage students with faith questions that allow us to dialogue with our campus about their spiritual walk. Lastly, we have created campus missionaries that go out into different parts of campus (LGBT, International House, TRecs: our gym, etc) to connect with folks outside our building. Investing in those relationships helps to reach out to those who may never walk into our doors.
God is at work on our campus: We are seeing agnostics and those of other faiths encounter loving Christians who share the hope of Christ with them every week on Tuesdays at our international dinner. Like all campuses, there are students who have been in a church all their life and still have yet to encounter Christ in a personal way and we offer help in understanding the personal and daily walk with Jesus that leads to a life transformed. We are sending over dozen students out on full summer mission experiences, whether through a summer camp, North American Mission Board, and International Mission Board.
Campus Mascot: Smokey the dog
Ways to Pray…
- For the Staff: As a new staff member, please pray for Rodney to sell his house in South Carolina from his transition here.
- For BCM Leadership: As we get closer to choosing new BCM leadership pray for the Spirit’s guidance to call out those he desires to see lead this ministry to be gospel bringers to the campus
- For our campus: Pray for continued opportunities to share the hope of Christ and that we would find people of peace to share with.