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Monday
Mar092015

Redeeming the Arts

Nathaniel Carter (Click to enlarge)Talk to someone even remotely engaged in today’s culture, and you’ll likely find a person well-versed in the music, movies, and accompanying gossip of our time. In many instances, the arts have become a cesspool for immorality and hopelessness. But for one man, this fact sparked a life-purpose to see the church rise up and use her God-given talents to honor Him and bring hope to a lost world.

“I have always looked at the artistic excellence of the world and seen how people’s God-given gifts are twisted to proliferate Satan’s influence in our culture,” Charis Bible College student Nathaniel Carter shared in a recent interview. “Recently I started asking myself why the church hasn’t recognized this powerful tool that’s been left on the shelf.”

Nate grew up in a Christian home surrounded by godly examples of people using their talents to honor the Giver, but much of what he saw seemed tied to religious dos and don’ts. “I grew up knowing the Word of God but rarely experiencing it. I knew the expectations of the religion I grew up in, but I had never seen the love of God displayed to me in the way I now understand it. I didn’t really know the God of the Bible—and the Holy Spirit kept confirming to me that I would find what I needed at Charis.”

Even though he had a steady job, a fine arts degree from a respected university, and a portfolio that qualified him as a professional musician and actor, Nate took Philippians 3:13-14 to heart. He decided to “forget those things which are behind and press on toward the goal” of God’s high calling for his life.

Nate worked behind the scenes to produce the Christmas at Charis productions
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“At Charis, I discovered that nothing can trump the satisfaction of true relationship with God. It is something I can’t logically process—but I have experienced it! In my secular arts education, the concept of experiencing what you have theoretically understood is the cornerstone of the learning process, and praise God, it has become my spiritual cornerstone here.”

Jesus and His disciples (Click to enlarge)After Nate started attending Charis, he began recognizing needs that his previous education and experience gave him the ability to fill: “I started volunteering with the praise and worship team and the Audiovisual Department. After eight months, I was offered a part-time job. I worked faithfully with the AV department and, last October was offered a full-time position.” One of Nate’s first assignments was the month-long Christmas at Charis extravaganza. He became an integral part of the set design, production, and technical direction for each showcase. “The event really created a community within the college that gave students an avenue to use their giftings in ways many of them had never considered.” That’s what Charis is about: stirring the hearts of people to discover and use their God-given gifting to change the world.

Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane (Click to enlarge)“I’m so excited to be stepping into what God has planned for my life. I want to use my gifts to paint a picture of God from a perspective that most have never seen. We, the church, have a message worth sharing—we need to learn to do it with excellence and use every avenue God has given us to accomplish it. For me, that’s by redeeming the arts.”

Monday
Feb022015

To the Nations of the World!

The School of Missions, training students to reach the world (Click to enlarge)“Let me tell you a story.” Delron says. “I have a missionary friend who travels to the island nations of the South Pacific which look like dots on a map. While my friend is there, she wins the king, queen, prince, and princess to Jesus, and the whole island then is impacted with the Gospel.

“Well, one day a ‘friend’ of this woman said to her, ‘Oh, you aren’t a missionary. All you have is a spirit of travel and adventure.’ This, of course, wounded her to have this woman say that—especially since she thought they were friends. When my missionary friend told me all this, I said to her, ‘You are a missionary because you have a spirit of travel and adventure. God put that in you so that when He called you, you would already have the nature to fulfill that call.’”

Students receive personal and interactive training from Delron (Click to enlarge)Stories like this one are the reason Delron does what he does as director of the School of Missions. He leads one of the third-year tracks at Charis Bible College. What started as merely an elective class for second-year students has now evolved into a full third-year school. It is complete with guest speakers, Delron’s own missionary curriculum, and on-the-field experience during a six-week missions trip to the Dominican Republic.

“There simply was not enough time to adequately prepare the students for a six-week missions trip,” explains Delron. “They spent more time on their trip, developing more as a team than doing actual ministry.” Since the school became established, however, students now spend an average of nine hours a week under their missions training and are further equipped for when their trips approach in the spring.

This, of course, is only the beginning. Like all the other third-year tracks, the School of Missions has big plans for the future. Children receive Jesus in the Dominican (Click to enlarge)“Right now the statistics show that 95 percent of people who are preparing themselves for a lifetime of ministry have a vision to minister in America,” informs Delron. “That’s only 5 percent of the world’s population. I would like to see the tables turned where the 95 percent are being trained to reach the 95 percent.”

Plans for multiple locations of missions trips are a part of Delron’s heart as the school continues to grow. “I have a vision to go beyond just one specific place to be trained,” admits Delron. “One day when people say ‘I want to go minister in Africa,’ we’ll have a camp in Africa where they can go and spend their six weeks. And it will be the same for people who want to minister in Europe or the 10/40 Window. As the student body grows, I would like to see the school expand to where people can actually get a hands-on feel in the environment where they are called.”

2013-2014 School of Missions students in the Dominican Republic (Click to enlarge)Delron concludes, “I grew up with that wanderlust, travel and adventure spirit. And I believe God put that in me as a child, so that when He called me to missions as an adult, it would just naturally fall into place. I’m looking for those people who have that adventuresome spirit and who aren’t afraid to try new things or go to new places.”

For more information on the School of Missions or to apply for the 2015-2016 Charis Bible College school year, visit our website: www.charisbiblecollege.org. The greatest adventures begin with the first step. Make yours today!

Monday
Oct202014

When Purpose Found Me

Adam performing on stage (Click to enlarge)What does a successful life look like? Adam Stone was certain it had something to do with fame and fortune. His experience was unlike most people’s. “Although I was born again at seven years of age, I wasn’t really pursuing a relationship with Jesus,” he admits. “I was pursuing a career in the performing arts. I’ve worked with Anthony Hopkins and been in a James Bond film. I was even privileged enough to tour the world singing. However, there always seemed to be something blocking me from true success in that industry.”

Life in the spotlight would prove unfulfilling, while Adam’s walk with the Lord seemed foreign and irrelevant. “In my earlier years, my relationship with God was very up and down, depending on circumstances, really,” he recalls. “I didn’t find my identity inside, and as a result, I lived with a carnal mindset. I’d been confused by religion and bad doctrine. Experiences in life didn’t seem to line up with the Word of God.”

Adam using his gifts and talents to praise God in the CBC worship band (Click to enlarge)Thankfully, God is not the author of confusion, and He was determined to reach Adam right where he was. “My mother came across this American preacher on television called Andrew Wommack. He wasn’t the kind of guy we would normally listen to, but what he was saying resonated with our spirits. We recognized the truth when we heard it. At that point, our lives would never be the same again.”

As the religious misconceptions slowly began to clear up, Adam started to view himself, and the life he lived, through a different lens. “Suddenly, I knew that God had a purpose and a destiny for me that was greater than anything I could ever achieve in my own strength,” he says. “Before, my ambitions were earning a BAFTA or an OSCAR. Now my ambitions are healing the sick and preaching the Gospel.” This newfound sense of purpose seemed new and exciting for him, but left the lingering question of “How?”

Adam and his newlywed wife, Cathrin, in England
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My wife Cathrin and I did not know what God’s plan was for our lives, but thanks to Andew’s teaching, we knew it wasn’t going to just come to us automatically—we had to pursue it. So, we decided we had to step out of the boat and follow Jesus.”

Adam and Cathrin decided to leave London, where Adam had a prosperous job, sell everything they owned, and make the courageous move to Colorado to attend Charis Bible College. He admits, “As soon as we got here, we knew we were where we were supposed to be. It truly is the most amazing feeling to know you are right in the center of what God wants for you.”

Adam adds, “Since being here, we have learned so much every day through the Word of God. The main thing I am benefiting from immediately is realizing how much God loves me and how much Jesus achieved for us. Charis Adam putting his studies into action as he prays for a fellow student (Click to enlarge)is empowering and equipping us with the tools that we need to become usable for the kingdom of God. I believe that God wants to use us more than we want to be used, and I’d say I’ve been getting in His way until now. Through Healing School and prayer ministry, we are seeing the sick healed, the dead raised, and that’s exactly what Jesus told us to do.”