The Calling to which You have been Called! On January 12-15, roughly 75 college students gathered together in northern Indiana for the annual CORPS (Collegiate Organization of Reformed Presbyterian Students) conference to consider the subject spoken of by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 4:1 – the calling to which we as Christians have been called.
This year, we were blessed to have attendees from many different parts of the United States, including Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and New York. Our speaker was Pastor Ed Blackwood (pictured left) of the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary who provided helpful and practical teaching on the conference theme, such as how we are called to learn, obey, and grow up.
In addition to the main teaching times, the conference also provided two hours of workshops for continued learning. The workshops this year covered many different topics: fellowship, hospitality, corporate prayer, higher education, evangelism, supporting missionaries, and mercy ministry. On Sunday morning, the students had the privilege of joining the saints at the Marion (IN) RPC for worship and were treated to a delicious fellowship lunch.
To wrap it all up, on Sunday evening the students got to enjoy and benefit from the annual “Stump the Pastors”. For over an hour, any question could be asked to a panel of five RP pastors who tried to provide helpful answers. To many, this is the high point of the conference, as it allows for personal questions to be addressed and spurs on godly discussion and counsel afterwards.
Besides the emphasis on biblical teaching, the conference also provided ample time for fun and fellowship with other like-minded Christian students. Over the weekend, many games were played, football was enjoyed, and most of all, encouraging fellowship and conversation was had by all.
If you are a college student, or you know someone who is, we hope you will consider joining us next January for the annual CORPS conference. Whether you live within the bounds of the Great Lakes-Gulf presbytery or not, you are invited to come and we hope you will.
Adam Niess, Director of CORPS Ministry