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MU celebrates grand opening for Veterans Resource Center

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If you walked through the JCA Student Center on Veterans Day, you would have seen tables decorated in red, white and blue with food and drink on top. A watermelon carved to resemble a bald eagle was the centerpiece of this patriotic display. A podium, surrounded by chairs, stood in front of an American flag. This small area was set up to celebrate the grand opening of The Multnomah University Veterans Resource Center.

The resource center, located in the JCA’s West Lobby, will be a safe place for veterans in the Multnomah community to receive support from their peers. Veterans can shop at the center’s food pantry, browse pamphlets for off-campus resources, and connect with plenty of friendly veterans. The resource center will be open weeknights, and the food pantry will be open Saturdays.

Multnomah’s community of veterans will be working hard to create a place where the brotherhood and sisterhood of military service can support one another in a place of understanding. The center will be completely run by student volunteers, with oversight provided by Veterans Faculty Advisor Dr. Michael Gurney.

At the grand opening, retired Air Force Col. and MU Board of Trustees Member Brent Mesquit spoke to Multnomah’s veterans on behalf of the university. “Thank you for your sacrificial service to our great nation,” he said. “It is held in high regard at Multnomah University.” After  Mesquit’s acknowledgments, the student veteran who started it all was given the chance to speak.

Psychology major Matthew Comprix used to run the resource center out of his on-campus apartment. He’s elated to have a new space where he can continue serving his fellow veterans. “Every one of us gave of ourselves, with the possibility of giving all of ourselves, for the greater good of our great nation,” he said. “Student veterans need an outlet for their servant hearts. To serve other veterans and the community they’re in is a great outlet for them.”

 

The resource center needs volunteers!

If you’re interested in volunteering at the Veterans Resource Center, contact Matthew Comprix at mcomprix@my.multnomah.edu. You do not need to be a veteran to volunteer.

If you are interested in earning Service Learning credit through volunteering at the resource center, contact Dr. Roger Trautmann at rtrautmann@multnomah.edu.

Pastoral Ministry major to be renamed Church Leadership

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Multnomah University is changing the name of the pastoral ministry major to church leadership. The revision will take effect at the start of the 2017 spring semester. “In many ways, the two titles are synonymous,” says Practical Theology Division Chair Dr. Hildebrand. “The heart of the program will remain the same, and the training will largely remain the same.”

The switch was initiated by Pastoral Ministry Chair Dr. Jay Held, who says the program’s title has been a hindrance to students who want to lead in the church, but not as pastors. “While the word ‘pastoral’ accurately describes some of the primary roles of leadership within the church, it does not describe all of them,” says Hildebrand. “Our hope is that we can reach more potential Christian leaders now. We’re attempting to remove a barrier.” The church leadership program will continue providing excellent preparation for students who want to become pastors.

The proposal for the name change went through many years of consideration before being approved this year. The pastoral ministry major has been a staple at Multnomah since 1994, and was offered as a minor before that. “Christian ministry training has been close to the heart of Multnomah since our inception,” says Hildebrand. “We have been pleased to prepare thousands of missionaries, pastors, youth leaders, and other Christian workers for service in the Kingdom of God.” After more than 20 years of educating church leaders, the church leadership program will seek to equip even more students under an inclusive title.

If you have any questions about this decision, please contact Youth Ministry Chair Dr. Rob Hildebrand, Pastoral Ministry Chair Dr. Jay Held, or Seminary Dean Dr. Derek Chinn.

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‘This program shapes my life’: Mason Lepisto reflects on the Youth Ministry major

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Being a youth ministry major at MU is always unpredictable. You could be wearing a mummy costume and chasing a group of kids through a library pulsing with strobe lights. You could be smashing a laptop with a pickax in preaching class. Or you could be bouncing around in a huge inflatable bubble during chapel.

This unpredictability appeals to Mason Lepisto, who entered the program last year and hasn’t looked back since. “I’ve known I wanted to do youth ministry since my freshman year of high school,” he says. “Kids at this age are in a very vulnerable time of life. They are struggling with self-identity, what to do with their lives, friendships and spiritual decisions.”

Lepisto’s classes are preparing him to serve wisely. “It’s helpful to have Bible and youth ministry classes hand in hand,” he says. “I need a solid base so that I can build the foundation for my ministry. I love the worldviews I get in each class. The professors are great, and I haven’t had one that I haven’t grown from.”

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Mason Lepisto (far right) enjoys the close-knit community he found at MU.

Everything about MU is helping Lepisto build this foundation. “I like the smaller size, the community and the relationships,” he says. “Even though I’m a commuter, there’s a place for me too.”

Lepisto has been volunteering as an assistant youth pastor at Glenwood Community Church during his time at Multnomah. The church is where everything from class translates in hands-on expereince. “I get to take what I’m learning and apply it to my job,” he says.

The unpredictability of being a full-time youth pastor is something Lepisto is ready to plunge into right after he graduates. But in the meantime, he’s thoroughly enjoying the learning process. “This program shapes my life,” he says.

Global ministry trends and issues, part 8: Mission training in the 21st century

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A few years ago I was invited to consult on a mission and development project that was focused on caring for at-risk kids. As I approached the residential group home where several dozen young people were being cared for, I couldn’t help but notice the despair in the eyes of the mission volunteers and caretakers of the children. You see, the missionaries were passionate about seeing young lives transformed by the gospel. There was no doubt in their sincerity to see these lives restored, but the tools and training they had received did not match the challenges they were facing.

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Whether it be working with at-risk youth and children or church planting, cross-cultural workers need proper preparation. When our academic and training programs fail to properly prepare them for the immensely difficult task of working in a new culture, communicating with a different set of standards and training in specializations needed in the field, we prevent them from fully thriving. Fortunately, some see the need and will seek additional training, some will burnout and unfortunately others will cause harm to the very ones they seek to care for. Sadly, this was the case with the group mentioned above and they were eventually closed by the local government authorities despite our best efforts.

 

Mission education and training (on both the undergraduate and graduate level) must continue to reinvent itself in the coming years. The field of mission training, as I argued in my first blog post, must keep pace with global changes and issues. This means that mission education must also keep up and even in some cases lead the way on strategy and best-practices. Mission programs are by nature an applied discipline. Developing practical skills is critical to whatever field one aspires to work in. Jim and Judy Raymo conclude that, “Skills and training are essential for successful workers of every generation” (39). As described by Moreau, Corwin and McGee, training can take place through informal, nonformal and formal opportunities (173). While all of these areas are important for mission preparation, I deeply believe that formal academic training provides students with the best opportunity to establish themselves and prepare for a thriving ministry and career in international and local contexts.

The World Evangelical Fellowship recently identified four critical skills as essential for lessening attrition rates and providing an environment in which future cross-cultural workers will thrive. They are: Spirituality, Relational Skills, Ministry Skills and Training (Taylor xiv-xv). I would argue that both undergraduate and graduate programs related to the field of mission, international development and global studies should seek to incorporate these components.

Spiritual Formation: There is no substitution for spiritual formation. One’s spirituality must seek to develop an intimate relationship with God. This will prove critical in those moments of despair and hardship. J.D. Payne discusses the importance of “being continually filled with the Spirit of Mission (Eph. 5:18)” as part of our daily task in serving Christ in mission (165). One of the goals of formal Christian training should include, “genuine growth toward spiritual maturity” (Moreau, Corwin and McGee 173). This growth should be nurtured while the student prepares to serve cross-culturally. This takes place through the integration of spiritual discipline practices in the classroom and assignments related to this.

Interpersonal Skills: Relational skills provide an atmosphere for which team-work and friendships can develop. Academic programs in this field must focus on demonstrating humility and teachability as two key skills. These skills can be nurtured in students preparing to serve on a team (especially a multicultural team). According to Moreau, Corwin and McGee “these attitudes are built on proper self-appraisal” as we encourage mission students to reflect on their purpose and service in the kingdom (176). Teachability is a critical skill in developing global partnerships. Students should be prepared to learn from others from different cultural backgrounds. “A teachable person is one who recognizes the inherent worth and wisdom of others” (Moreau, Corwin and McGee 176). Most agree that “loud, impatient, demanding people with weak interpersonal skills often fail on the mission field and in team situations” (Raymo and Raymo 45).

Ministry Skills: These skills are another critical piece to developing and preparing future cross-cultural workers.        Learning to disciple others is critical to forming leaders who will bring transformation. Whether students are working in humanitarian contexts, business contexts, diplomacy or other areas, discipleship must be emphasized. Cultural sensitivity is also an area that must be developed inside the classroom through simulation activities and group interaction.

Another area that deserves attention is professional development. Professional skills must be viewed as part of our training. Integrating both ministry skills and professional skills not only opens up more opportunities for students of mission, but provides them with the foundation they need to succeed. One of the ways to develop these skills is by providing practical experiential opportunities.

Practical Training: When working with a multicultural team or engaging with unreached people groups one notes the critical training in cross-cultural communications and competency. This is often times referred to as Cultural Intelligence. These skills can be discussed in the classroom, but must be developed on the field. This is where experiential opportunities such as internships and practical assignments move the student from the classroom to a real-life laboratory. Guided internships provide opportunities to develop these skills. According to researchers Jim and Judy Raymo, internships are an essential tool in preparing cross-cultural workers in today’s world (50). Another viable means for ensuring an experiential learning environment is through study abroad programs. In particular, study abroad programs that incorporate first-hand interaction with the culture and social realities is most valued. These and other experiences are key for practical training.

“Equipping God’s people to accomplish the missio Dei in the twenty-first century will require more diversity and cooperation than has been known hitherto” (Elliston 232). The complexity of mission training has only increased. As Edgar Elliston rightly notes, the preparation for global mission engagement will require more diverse efforts.

Andrew Kirk calls for a listening of two voices when reading Scripture. We are to listen to the voice of God (Scripture) and the voice (cry) of the people. This process will help us to combine the “universal nature and intention of the Christian’ foundation document with the particular reality of every situation into which the message and life of Christ comes” (14). The cry in our world today has been highlighted in the issues and trends discussed in this eight-part series. The voice of God will continue to shed light on healthy global engagement with these issues and many more that we will face in the coming months and years as we seek to be salt and light in our communities and world.

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If you would like additional information on either the B.A. in Global Studies or the M.A. in Global Development and Justice degree programs, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Greg Burch via email at gburch@multnomah.edu

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Works Cited

Elliston, Edgar. “Moving Forward from Where We Are in Missiological Education.”  In Missiological Education for the 21st Century: The Book, the Circle and the Sandals, edited by Edgar J. Elliston, Charles Van Engen and J. Dudley Woodberry. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1996.

Moreau, A. Scott, Gary Corwin and Gary B. McGee. Introducing World Missions. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic. 2015.

Payne, J.D. Pressure Points: Twelve Global Issues Shaping the Face of the Church. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson 2013.

Raymo, Jim and Judy Raymo. Millennials and Mission: A Generation Faces a Global Challenge. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library. 2014.

Taylor, William David, ed. Too Valuable to Lose: Exploring the Causes and Cures of Missionary Attrition, World Evangelical Fellowship, Globalization of Mission Series. Pasadena, CA: William Carey Library. 2007.

Hebrew professor and students to present Dead Sea Scrolls fragments and findings on Oct. 10

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Dr. Karl Kutz, a Multnomah University professor, and a number of his students will present their recently published research on several Dead Sea Scrolls fragments at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, at Multnomah University. In addition, the Museum of the Bible from Washington, D.C. will bring the fragments themselves for an exhibit in the university’s upper library. Read the rest of this entry »

News You Can Use

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Financial Aid News

  • Parent PLUS Loans Originated between July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017 will accrue a reduced interest rate of 6.31% (down from 6.84% for 2015-16).
  • October 1, 2016:  The 2017-18 FAFSA becomes available (fafsa.ed.gov) using 2015 tax data.  Families are encouraged to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool for accuracy.

If you have further questions about Financial Aid for your student, contact us at 503-251-5335.

Student Accounts

The Student Accounts Office is here to serve you and answer any questions you may have about paying for school.  Please contact Student Accounts at 503-251-5345 or email us at studentaccounts@multnomah.edu

Spring 2017 tuition is due December 15, 2016.

Financial aid and payment arrangements, including a payment plan, need to be in place by December 15.  A 1.5% monthly finance charge may be applied to all balances not covered by a payment plan or financial aid. Make a Payment.

24-hour account access: https://selfservice.multnomah.edu/selfservice/home.aspx
After logging in, go to the Finance Tab to see your account balance by semester, make an online payment or view statements.

Payment Plan Information

We offer a variety of payment plan options to assist you with the payment of your student account. For a small fee, a payment plan can be set up with automatic payments to manage your student account balance.

Veteran’s Education/Army Tuition Assistance Benefits

If you are utilizing one or both of these benefits, please contact the VA Representative at Multnomah by calling 503-251-5372.

Family Education Privacy Act (FERPA)

If you would like to allow others to have access to your student account information, please fill out the FERPA form: http://www.multnomah.edu/admissions/tuition-financial-aid/forms/

Connecting through the new MU App

The new MU app is available from the App Store.  Type “Multnomah University” for it to show up.  Cruise around the App to connect to Social Media, Athletics, the MU Calendar, New Wine New Wineskins, Parent Resources, Prayer, Daily Verses, a Bible and more!  Questions?  Contact the Advancement Department at advancement@multnomah.edu.

Connecting with Multnomah through AmazonSmile

Did you know that while you are purchasing items from Amazon you can also be supporting the University every time you shop… at no extra cost to you?  At smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, a vast selection and a convenient shopping experience with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price back to the charity of your choice.  Multnomah University is a registered charity, so it’s easy to begin.  Visit smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser and simply select “Change your Charity” in “Your Account.”  Thanks for supporting your MU student!

Important Dates to Remember – No classes for students

  • October 14 and 17 – Fall Mid-semester Break
  • November 24 and 25 – Thanksgiving Break
  • December 16 – Close of Fall Term
  • January 9-13 – January Term
  • January 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No Classes
  • January 17 – Spring Term begins for traditional students

Move in date January 13th for new students and January 14th for returning students. Classes resume on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

Important Links

Student Store: www.multnomah.edu/store

Gift Baskets for Your Student: http://multnomah.pcconline.net/index.php/service/treat-orders

MU Lions Athletic Schedules: www.gomulions.org

Helping Students Succeed

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Student Success Center

Multnomah University is continuing to improve on the academic support that we offer to students by formalizing a Student Success Center – now open! We have provided free tutoring in the past, but we are now adding to that effort with academic coaching.  This can include support and training for students in the areas of time management, study skills, writing strategies, life management, ongoing accountability and more!

We aim to maximize the learning experience of all our students. We are located in the JCA Student Center and are available by walk-in and appointment. Please encourage your student to come see us at any time!

Career Services

Is your student looking for career direction?  MU’s Career Services provides career coaching from the time a student enters their first year and throughout their entire time here.  And these services continue to be available even when they become alumni!

Here are some areas Career Services can assist your student in:

  • Are they struggling with finding the best fit in a major?  Coaching in discovering who they are is strength in our department.
  • Would vocational testing tools help? Strength Finder, personality testing, Spiritual gifts, and other discovery tools are available for free at any time. Strengths Finders is included in their freshman Spiritual and Personal Formation course. More specific vocational information is contained in their course on Career Development in either their Junior or Senior year.
  • Service Learning and internships help in the area of practical experience and with recognizing transferable skills.
  • Optimal Resume, an online service, provides an electronic job board that includes information on part-time jobs while in school, as well as full-time career positions.
  • There’s a section of the Student Success Center for informal browsing through vocational information in handouts, books and notebooks full of examples of resumes, articles and other tools.
  • Help in resume writing, cover letters, mock job interviews and networking is available for any stage.

Encourage your student to stop by. A casual conversation with Carley Wecks, the Career Services Coordinator with a degree in counseling and 25 years of experience at MU, might be just the next step for your student in their personal and vocational journey.

The Career Services office is located in the Student Success Center on the first floor of the JCA.

Specific webpages can be seen at www.multnomah.edu/career.

Student Employment at MU

Parents: Be sure your student brings with them original documents they will need to secure employment.  Whether on campus or off, your student will need original, unexpired identification and work authorization documents in order to be hired for pay.

Samples of acceptable documents for completing the Federal I-9 form include:

  • US Passport, or foreign passport with work authorization
  • Social Security Card
  • Driver’s License or Identification Card
  • Certified Birth Certificate
  • US Military Identification Card
  • Military Dependent ID Card

You can also view a list of our open student employment positions here.

Athlete Profiles

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Meet some of our student athletes

Three students have graciously shared how they have been impacted by both Multnomah and the Athletics Department.

Katherine Edmonds (basketball)

Katherine_blogMeet Katherine Edmonds, a senior Business Administration and Bible and Theology Major AND a member of our Women’s Basketball Team.  Katherine was recruited to play ball for Multnomah, but before deciding to join, she traveled up from California to visit the campus.  “I fell in love with it,” she says. “From the beautiful campus to the friendly people… it felt like home immediately.”

“When I consider what I like most about MU, I would say it’s the genuine people: my classmates, teammates, professors and coaches,” she continues.  “My coach, Tim Bieri, is an amazing coach and individual.  Through tough personal times, Coach Tim has been a prime example for us athletes to always put God first and put our full trust and faith in him, even when it may seem difficult.  I also appreciate my Business Professor, Donald Lee Sellers.  He is very encouraging and supportive of student athletes and cares about our success in all aspects of our time here at MU.

Like other students, I had opportunities to go to other colleges, but I am SO GLAD I chose Multnomah.  Being here has been a life-changer.  It’s amazing to see what doors God opens for people, and I am thankful he opened this door for me.”

To see Katherine and her Basketball teammates in action on the court, visit www.gomulions.com for a complete schedule of games.

Manny Olivares (soccer)

Meet Manuel “Manny” Olivares, a Multnomah University Business student and member of our Men’s Soccer team.  “It was soccer that brought me to Multnomah, but it’s the support of everyone around me that has kept me here,” he says.  Manny is the first in his family to graduate high school and attend college.  “The community we have at this school is amazing,” he says.  “My coaches and professors have influenced me to be the best that I can be, pushing me physically and mentally.  Also, they have explained the Bible to me and have shown me how to become closer to God.”

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Manny is grateful to his family in Las Vegas and in Mexico, to God and to his friends here at MU.  “Without their support and encouragement to never give up, I would have never been able to come to Multnomah,” he says. “It’s important to pick yourself up whenever you fall, never look back, just keep looking forward.”

Manny’s dream is to play professional soccer and go around the world teaching soccer and sharing his story about what God did for him.  Your prayer support of Manny and the MU Lions Soccer team is helping that dream come true.

Miranda Halverson (volleyball)

Miranda_blogMiranda Halverson is a Multnomah University Business/Accounting student and a member of our Women’s Volleyball team.  “Even though I was recruited to come play volleyball for MU, it was important to me to visit the campus before making a decision,” she says.  “I wanted to love the school for its professors, classes, degrees, the people and the atmosphere. After taking a tour, I was hooked.  I loved the campus!  So, volleyball lead me to the school, but God called me here.”

Currently in her sophomore year, Miranda reflects on what continues to bless her about MU:  “I love the Bible classes and the students the most.  The Bible classes challenge me and reassure my faith.  I feel stronger in my relationship with Christ.  It’s also good to know that the students around me are walking the same journey as well.  The coaches and professors help me to stay focused on my relationship with Christ and grow stronger as an individual.  I am encouraged that God alone is good and I am in His will… that makes me successful.”

Multnomah Athletics

The mission of the Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Intramural Sports is to bring students, faculty, staff and alumni together in educational activities that promote healthy lifestyles, enhance a sense of community, foster growth in leadership and teamwork skills, and encourage the pursuit of excellence.

You, parents, are a part of that community, and we hope that you’ll be able to attend some of our sporting events to encourage your student and his or her teammates.  Visit www.gomulions.com for a complete schedule of sports.

StadiumChair_blogIn addition, if you love watching games but have a hard time sitting on the bleachers, our Athletic Department is now taking orders for individual Stadium Chairs at a purchase price of $50/chair.  Proceeds benefit the Athletic Department.

Contact Debbie Chin at dchin@multnomah.edu or call 503-251-6400 if you want to place an order.  Allow three weeks for delivery.  A limited amount of chairs will also be available to rent for $5/game.

Connecting with Student Life

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Watch the Student Welcome video from New Student Orientation last month!

As you and your student navigate this season of transition to college, scan the encouragement and tips below. This material was taken directly from the August 25th Parent Information Session during New Student Orientation on campus.

Tips for parents after launching their child to college:

  • Judy Glanz, MU faculty and parent of a recent MU alum, shared wisdom from her experience, including these three gold nuggets:
    • In the transition to adult relationship, let your student initiate as much as possible, and be ready to respond when they are (even if it’s a phone call at 11 p.m.)!
    • MU is academically rigorous. As adults, students need to learn to advocate for themselves.
    • In this transition, trust your parenting, trust God, trust us, and – most importantly – pray.  Students push boundaries.  It’s part of healthy growth.
  • Remember that for some parents, launching a child into college is a joyous occasion. For others, it is a time of grief. Many parents experience a combination of both emotions. What is most important is to allow each of these emotions to be okay, as they are a very natural part of this transition. You don’t need to feel guilty if you’re happy, and you don’t need to mask your sadness if you’re grieving. Acknowledging and processing both ends of this emotional spectrum will also help family members and your student know that it’s okay for them to experience a wide range of emotions too.

Adjustments for Students after being launched to College:

Socially:

Your son or daughter may experience a different way of living than what they have experienced in the past. They may need to deal with:

  • Potentially losing their support system at home.
  • The complicated dynamics of older relationships changing.
  • As they anticipate new freedom and responsibilities, they may fear making errors or not knowing what to do.
  • If they live on campus, they are navigating the loss of privacy, comforts of home, or the many things you did for them which they now need to do on their own.

What Multnomah provides:

  • A balance of lots of support and challenge toward the goal of greater personal growth.
  • A safe community in which to have open conversations about how they feel and what they are learning.
  • We will remind them that they aren’t alone…they are surrounded by other students going through similar transitions who are asking similar questions.
  • We will also provide many opportunities to enjoy social activities and outings, which will cultivate a sense of belonging to the Multnomah community.

What you, as a parent, can provide:

  • Your listening skills (if they want to talk)
  • Assurance of your love and belief in them
  • Encouragement to talk to a staff member if there is a concern they need help with – we have many capable and caring personnel ready to help!
  • Care packages!

Academically

Your son or daughter may experience a different way of learning than what they have experienced in the past. They may need to deal with:

  • Balancing pride of being in college with fear that they may not be able to keep up with the academic demands
  • Thinking they are coming to summer camp and not fully appreciating the requirement for serious study and academic discipline
  • How to schedule their time and balance academic requirements with social and other responsibilities throughout the day…this is a very different pace than high school.

What Multnomah provides:

  • Academically rigorous yet very personal faculty who care about each student
  • Tutoring, time management and study skill resources provided through the Student Success Center
  • Disability services and other accommodation capabilities

What you, as a parent, can provide:

  • Encouragement, rather than nagging
  • Suggestions to utilize resources available, like setting up a meeting with a professor or scheduling a study skills session in the Student Success Center

Spiritually and Personally

Your son or daughter may experience a different way of growing than what they have experienced in the past. They may need to deal with:

  • The struggle to maintain their own spiritual disciplines as they spend time in the Word in classes, chapels and assignments.
  • They may be challenged as they evaluate their thoughts and beliefs accepted since childhood and wrestle with deep spiritual issues.
  • They may be faced with peers or faculty who have different theological perspectives that provide ways of thinking they’ve never considered.

What Multnomah provides:

  • A wide range of faculty and staff willing to mentor, disciple or even just pray with your child
  • A dynamic spiritually formative chapel program offering multiple venues for worship and growth
  • A free counseling center, providing counsel from a professional Christian counseling staff
  • An open and honest community of peers, staff and faculty, living out a shared mission

What you, as a parent, can provide:

  • Prayer for wisdom, peace, personal discipline and a deep sense of God’s presence and love.
  • Counsel, as appropriate.
  • Respect for their decisions and reminding them that their spiritual journey is their own to discover with the Lord – and that you support them in that growth!
  • Assurance that you are there for them and supportive of their good decisions. If in the process of growing they make unwise decisions, you won’t abandon or reject them.

Finally, remember:

God loves your children even more than you do. Put them back in His hands, but keep them close in your heart, and continue to reach out to them in love.

Connecting through Worship: MU Chapels

At Multnomah, we highly value worshiping God in the context of our community. As we study His Word and grow in knowledge, we also seek to grow in relationship with Him by allowing the Holy Spirit to work in and through our lives. Christian education is transformational and demands a response of the heart and will. Chapels provide intentional opportunities beyond the classroom for us to come together for encouragement and support so we may learn to live authentically and fully for Him.

If you are in the area, please join us for a Chapel service.  Here are a few we think you’d enjoy attending:

  • Thursday, September 29, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – University Chapel, Dr. G. Craig Williford, speaker
  • Thursday, October 6, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – Alumni Chapel, “Alumnus of the Year: Tim Mackie”
  • Monday, November 21, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – Thanksgiving Chapel

For a complete list of Chapel offerings, please contact Student Life at studentlife@multnomah.org

Connecting Parent to Parent

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Dear MU Parent,

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I am extremely fortunate that I am able to enjoy not only serving at MU as Vice President of Advancement, but also as an MU parent.  Our two youngest, Jamilyn (junior Global Studies major) and Jackson (sophomore Pastoral Ministry major) attend Multnomah and live on campus.  This is their second year here at MU, and they could not be any more different in how they approach school.  One is a “planner” and gets the books bought, papers written and schedules time to study.  The other “wings it” and has discovered how to get A’s and B’s without ever buying a single book, leaves papers till the night before and manages to do well on exams with little to no studying – which drives me absolutely nuts!  But guess what?  It works for him.  (Oops… I spilled the beans on who I was talking about.)

Now, you need to know I am a recovering “control parent.”  Ask my wife Julia; she will tell you.  She is a marriage and family therapist, and I take my cues from her when it comes to raising our kids.  The single hardest thing for me, as my kids come to their college years, is letting go.  In the early years, I had to learn to not send the text message asking them about getting a job, buying their books, making sure they study for classes, and just about every other need that comes up.

I have come to discover that I can’t play the Holy Spirit in their life.  This is where the road ends for us recovering “control parents.”  If I truly have trusted my kids to the LORD, and if I truly believe they belong to Him and I am merely a steward of their lives – I have to let go and let the LORD do His work in them, even when they stumble and fall, and I see it before they do.

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My two youngest kids, Jamilyn and Jackson.

Remember when they were toddlers and wobbled across the room and fell and cried?  They have to do the same thing now while they are in college.  There is a strong community of believers here at Multnomah. My kids will find their way, and I believe they’ll come out of MU with a deeper, richer meaning that they can own because they were left to experience life themselves.  In the end – they figure it out.

That brings me to the second thing I want to say.

The Multnomah campus is fertile soil for kingdom learning and the transforming power of God’s Spirit.  It’s been going on for 81 years and hasn’t stopped.  Talk to any alumni today from any decade, and they will tell you the same thing: The DNA of Multnomah is the community that is created here on these 25 acres, year in and year out.

Our kids could not be in a better place on this earth to fall deeper in love with Jesus and discover and live out their true identity as children of God in whatever discipline they are gifted to serve His world.

Early in Jackson’s first semester last year, he was struggling with doubts about his faith.  I remember taking him to the Burgerville across the street from campus one night and just listening to his heart and not trying to “fix” him and tell him why he was off.  I just sat there and listened.  When he was done talking about his doubts, which would send fear into any parent’s heart that have raised their son or daughter in the faith, I told him “I’m glad you’re struggling with owning your faith, Jack.  You could not be in a better pace on this earth to ask those questions and not feel out of place or judged.”  

He looked at me, bewildered. It was not what he was expecting me to say.  I pushed him away from me as his primary source of wisdom and encouragement toward the godly faculty at MU, who have been speaking truth into students’ lives for decades, while allowing them to ask the tough questions – all the while creating a safe environment and a “no-shame” zone to do so.

Guess what?  God showed up in Jackson’s life. And because he was given that space to doubt and question and ask – he has a much deeper understanding of who God is, his identity in Christ, and he’s more passionate about fulfilling his calling in life.  In a sense – he has owned it.  He’s God’s child first and Steve and Julia’s son second.  I have to remember that daily.

So, moms and dads – I am here to say that I understand those of you who have a hard time letting go, or who need to send a daily text to check in on your son or daughter.  Fight the urge.  They are in the best of kingdom shaping hands.  They will figure it out.  If they don’t text back, it’s not because they don’t love you.  They are getting deeply involved in the community here – and that’s a GOOD thing!

Steve Cummings
Vice President of Advancement

In each edition of the MU Parent Connection, we give the opportunity to one of you to reflect on something the LORD puts on your heart to say to other MU parents in the “Parent to Parent” section.  If you would like to contribute something in a future edition, please contact Christine Thiessen at cthiessen1@multnomah.edu.  We’d love to hear your story!