The Impact of Brewton-Parker Day
Leslie Evans (left) poses with Brewton-Parker student Gideon Mwale (right). Evans preached at a local church as part of the annual Brewton-Parker Day. (Photo Provided)
By Lauren Moye
BPC Staff Writer
MOUNT VERNON— Churches across Daniell Baptist Association had an opportunity to encourage the ministries of young men and women on Feb. 16, 2014. Brewton-Parker Day, also known as BPC Day, is an annual event that allows students to use their gifts, whether preaching or leading worship, to glorify God in the local community. This year, ten churches and twelve students participated.
The event is organized by a joint partnership between the Ministerial Association and Robby Smith, the Associational Missionary of the Daniell Baptist Association. Smith said, “[BPC Day is important because] it helps remind our churches we are partners with Brewton-Parker in reaching our community and world for Christ. It not only makes our churches aware of the college, but it also acquaints the students with our churches which can bring blessings and encouragement to both the individual and the church.”
For those who participate, there is a lot to gain. Student Marvin Blue preached his first sermon when he participated in BPC Day this year. "Brewton-Parker College has nurtured a horde of gifted and talented students,” Blue said. “BPC Day was a great opportunity for students, myself included, to share our spiritual gifts with our community churches.” He referenced Matthew 5:15-16 as he continued, “Why, light a lamp and put it under a basket? We should, let our light shine before the world, so that they may see the good works being done here at BPC and give glory to the Father who is in heaven."
Leslie Evans, another participating student, said, “BPC Day was such a blessing! It challenged me to get out there and preach God’s word in a new place. It allowed me to meet more of my family in Christ who live around Mount Vernon. I’m very thankful for this opportunity.”
For the churches, Smith provided three reasons for what can be gained by participating. He said, “Many of our churches are aging and therefore, having college students participating in their services is a true blessing. It also reminds congregations that we have a Baptist College in our community which is willing to serve the church and community.” Finally, he summed up BPC day by focusing on the symbiotic relationship that forms between churches and student leaders by saying, “BPC Day gives the church an opportunity to bless and encourage young leaders, which, in turn, is a blessing to each church.”
Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college south of Macon and north of Jacksonville, FL. The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.
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