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Finishing Strong: Taking the Hill kindles evangelistic fervor
Benjamin Hawkins

September, 2010

Professors are witnessing a surge of evangelistic passion on the campus of Southwestern Seminary, following the seminary’s Sept. 7 emphasis on its “Taking the Hill” initiative.
After chapel on Sept. 7, students and faculty members filled the rotunda in front of Truett Auditorium in order to pick up assignments for “Taking the Hill,” an initiative designed to share the Gospel to the nearly 6,700 households within a one-mile radius of Southwestern.

During the week, students and faculty members reached out to more than 2,000 households in the community, leaving only a few hundred houses to be visited in order to complete the campaign. Many students remained undeterred despite the rain to take the Gospel to the community immediately. Other students have participated in “Taking the Hill” numerous times since Sept. 7.

Matt Queen, assistant professor of evangelism, said he has heard numerous reports of how God is bringing people in the community to faith.

“We are observing a fresh fire for evangelism on our campus this semester,” Queen said. “Historically, the contagious and spontaneous practice of evangelism among students has indicated evidence of a movement of God upon a campus. I believe we are observing the emergence of such a movement at Southwestern Seminary. More and more students are intentionally meeting together multiple times a week to pray for the lost and then evangelize them.”

David Mills, assistant professor of evangelism, shared in this excitement.

“  ‘Taking the Hill’ has proven to be one of the most effective and thrilling evangelistic efforts any institution has undertaken,” Mills said. “Christlike professors and faith-filled students have gone with Christ through south Fort Worth and blazed a trail of evangelism. It is growing increasingly difficult to find anyone on the campus who does not care about evangelism.

“Due to this effort, the dreams of Carroll, Scarborough, Autrey and Fish are being realized in this student body and faculty. I am so excited that I can barely catch my breath, and I cannot wait to see what will happen next. It is a great day to be a Southwesterner.”

Groups of students and professors continue to go into the neighborhoods around the seminary to share the Gospel.

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Benjamin Hawkins is a writer for Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (www.swbts.edu/campusnews).


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