Hardin-Simmons, the college years are not only a time for academic learning,
but also a time for spiritual growth. In past years, ResLife has hired graduate
students as chaplains in the dorms. This year, they have added a team of
undergrads to serve as assistant chaplains in residence and encourage their
peers in their spiritual walk.
assistant chaplain works in each dorm, leading a weekly Bible study. They are
also available for students who want to share a prayer request, talk about a
struggle, or just go get coffee.
I wanted to be an assistant chaplain in residence was that I wanted to be able
to pour into freshmen guys and invest in their lives,” said sophomore Zach
that assistant chaplains in residence help reach students in a unique way.
“Getting to live
right there with the freshmen provides a lot more opportunities to get to know
them in ways I wouldn’t get to if I was just a normal resident in Behrens,” he
course of the semester, Dean has seen spiritual growth in his residents.
“They have a
greater desire to know the Lord and to love those around them. I’ve gotten to
see that both inside and outside of the Bible study,” he said.
Student Life’s effort to engage freshmen in their transitions in life.
that HSU is doing not just in terms of chaplains, but also having year-long
wranglers and peer mentors has been so helpful for freshmen. Having such a great
variety of people helps create an environment of belonging where they can grow
in their relationship with Christ,” he said.
residence are not only for freshmen. Junior Kelsey Doege, shared how her
position helps sophomores as well.
“I think the sophomore slump is a real thing,”
she said. “It’s possibly the hardest year for students. It’s the time when the
excitement of freshman year wears off, and you find your real friends. I want
to help sophomores build a foundation for a good spiritual community by being
surrounded by girls who follow the Lord.”
sees her position as a mentoring role, she also feels like the sophomores have
helped her grow in her faith.
me. They’re spiritually solid, wise girls. Sometimes they have better things to
say in Bible study than I do.”
that the job of assistant chaplain is a great opportunity for upperclassmen to
practice discipleship in their daily lives.
it’s good to give students this kind of position,” said Doege. “I love being
able to minister to girls younger than me. I got to do that in my youth group
back home, and I’m glad to have the opportunity to continue to do it here.”