What I see for our campus.
When I think about our specific campus:
I see a day when believers boldly live out their faith on campus, unashamed, unapologetic, and with attractive grace...where students and faculty minister in God’s power, wherever their “pulpit” might be.
Acts 1:8; Romans 1:16; Isaiah 60:1- 3
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek." [Romans 1:16 NKJV]
I see a place where people have life direction and peace...more vision than depression, and more hopeful peace than anxiety and suicides. When Yale becomes nicknamed “turning point” because of the volume and nature of campus new births in Christ.
Isaiah 42:16; Isaiah 58:6-12; Ecclesiastes 2:13; Matthew 4:16; Luke 1:79; John 12:46; Ephesians 5:8
"I will bring the blind by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, And crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, And not forsake them." [Isaiah 42:16 NKJV]
"'I have come [as] a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.'" [John 12:46 NKJV]
"For you were once darkness, but now [you are] light in the Lord. Walk as children of light" [Ephesians 5:8 NKJV]
I envision leader development where we intentionally multiply leaders. I envision visionary scholar leaders--students, faculty and staff becoming mentally strong, confident scholars of vision, influence and significance, who live intentionally.
"And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, [even] to the end of the age." Amen." [Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV]
The gift of BCAY.
BCAY is a local church established on the campus of Yale University in 1972 by black students in ministry with the University Church. These students desired a more familiar worship community to belong to and to grow/thrive and, therefore, birthed the Black Church. From then/Since then, BCAY has been a home and family to many of our Yale-New Haven community.
Today, in my role as pastor of BCAY, my aim is to serve God in this church by nurturing the spiritual life of this body of believers, shepherding the spiritual (faith) journey of believers sent us.