LAUREN | DOWNTOWN
When I started college, I didn’t know what my church
involvement would look like. I had a hard time “committing”
to campus ministry because of evening responsibilities I had
as a journalism major. I struggled with that, not sure how I fit
in, and on the advice of a mentor from my hometown, tried
Blackhawk. I became involved in the Worship Arts Community
and realized by my sophomore year that it felt like home.
Even though it was hard initially, my struggle to find where I
fit helped me learn what it looked like to be a Christ follower
in the Madison community, not just within the framework of
being a student.
Blackhawk’s teaching of the Bible, the focus on the broader
context and the encouragement to ask questions, furthers my
understanding of God and the Gospel. I think that’s part of
what I’m excited about within the Reach initiative. The fact
that we’re not just building more buildings, but that we’re
also partnering with others in the community, people with
stories that might look different from my own, is exciting.
The way we interact with the world will be one way if we limit
our perspective to our own experiences. However, if we learn
from people with different stories and different backgrounds,
it ultimately widens our view of God and the Gospel, and the
power of both in our world. I’m a senior and I might not be
here next year, but I’m excited that I still get to partner with
this community that I claimed as my own during my time
here in Madison.