Student led chapel changes its name in order to embrace new direction.
By Jenny Scott
Student-led chapel is coming back to North Central University after undergoing a name change from “Entry” to “Render.” The new name is derived primarily from Matthew 22:21, when the Pharisees try trapping Jesus in disloyalty to Caesar. Jesus’ answer stuns them. He proves loyalty both to Caesar and to God.
“Then he said to them, ‘Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.’ “
Director of Render James Harris, junior pastoral studies major said, “The purpose of this name is to symbolize how no matter where you are at in life, no matter what has been done to you, or what you have done to someone else, God calls us to render all things unto Him.”
Render is a completely student-led chapel service held Tuesday through Thursday during most weeks of the semester. Worship teams rotate weekly and selected students share a message in each day.
Over the years student-led chapel has had a number of different names in the past. It was once called “Sanctuary,” which then evolved into “Entry,” and now “Render.” Harris explains that the name changes are due to the change in culture as well as the vision of the leadership.
“God had a message for His student and this is where ‘Render’ makes its way into the equation,” said Harris.
Students who would like to get involved with Render can come to the services starting Oct. 2 in the small chapel. For those interested in preaching for a Render service, applications are available in the Student Life office.
“Render, as an organization and ministry, will play its part to see students leading students in a closer walk with Christ by engaging one another in community-based ministry,” said Harris.