On May 15, Charis Bible College held a special Intern Recognition Ceremony at its Colorado Springs campus. Ninety-nine third and fourth-year students were recognized for their studies and participation in one of four post-graduate tracks offered at the school. The students were honored for completing one of the following: School of Ministry, School of Worship, School of Media or School of Business.
After an opening address from Gary Luecke, the Director of CBC-Colorado, the directors of each of the four tracks and one class representative from each, shared encouraging remarks before presenting certificates of course completion.
As challenging words were shared from each department, it became evident that while the disciplines of study were widely varied, the heart of ministry behind each one was unified and Kingdom focused. Through each field of study the Lord's heart for discipleship and Kingdom advancement was revealed.
During an interview immediately following the ceremony, Gary asked Andrew about his impressions of the event. Andrew paused and thoughtfully replied, "I was so blessed, satisfied, and happy to see this happening." He went on to say that he truly appreciates the fact that it's not all about him [Andrew]. He acknowledged starting the ball rolling in the early 1990's, but pointed to the fact that it is Gary, the CBC staff and all of the instructors that make the programs happen. Andrew compared his appreciation for the way the school functions to the way his Gospel Truth Seminars work when it comes to hands on ministry. After Andrew teaches, a large, mostly volunteer prayer team handles the one-on-one ministry time. Andrew stressed, "I would rather see people healed through somebody I ministered to than through me, because that's my whole thing—trying to make disciples. I am so glad to see what's happening here."
Andrew's vision for AWM and CBC is to make disciples. As the school continues to turn out graduates equipped for ministry in the church, on the mission field or in the marketplace, the apostle Paul's command to Timothy continue to bring forth exponential Kingdom fruit:
"And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also," (2 Timothy 2:2).