What sets Nyack College apart is its access to the incredible New York City. With being only 20 miles out from the city, I have found myself there many times throughout the school years. Sometimes I will go with a group of friends, but many times I get the opportunity to visit with different classes while on field trips or doing varies projects within my courses. I have seen Time Square, Chinatown, Harlem, Jackson Heights, Brooklyn, Astoria, Battery Park, Queens, Central Park, and more places all on trips with my classes. I think my field of study takes extra advantage of the city as it offers so many cultural centers to take part in. As an inter-cultural study student I really do enjoy visiting the vast numbers of unique groups of people that create New York City.
The city is of course a wonderful center for learning, but with greater study we realize the need of the gospel for all of these different peoples. This past weekend I attended a seminar with my Senior Seminar class which was seeking to address this very important issue. The meeting was held at the beautiful Manhattan campus of Nyack College and compiled with students from both campuses with a handful of other visitors. It was evident that the speakers were very passionate about reaching the city for Christ and mobilizing others to get involved. To reach a big city you have to have a big vision, but we all soon came to realize that it’s the small things that create this revival.
What stood out to me most was what came next as they walked us through a discipleship seminar. We touched on 2 Timothy 2:2 and went from there to point out that evangelism comes from more than just reciting a prayer. And even more than that, how relationship building and mentoring can go the distance further than just a one and done prayer. Discipleship has been something that I have learned so much more about and been able to practice while at Nyack. Everything the speakers were saying were things that I was being challenged to put into practice daily. There are vast numbers of unique and unreached people in the city and it is intrinsically important to realize the power that intention relationships can have. Yes, it is vital that each person pray and accept Christ, but they must also be continually maturing in their faith as well. By forming a discipleship relation you are able to individually pour into the lives of others. And, if you put the time into someone then it will not be long before they can pass that on to someone else, thus forming a beautiful domino effect towards the maturation of new believers. I learned on this trip the necessity of discipleship and how to effectively spread the Gospel.