On Jan. 18, The Antioch Initiative, North Central’s partnership program with Assemblies of God World Missions, launched Antioch Society, a new program that seeks to instill a commitment to cross-cultural ministry in students from all majors. At the end of the launch chapel, 88 students committed to be part of the society, a number that equals nearly 10 percent of the school’s enrollment.
The newly launched society is considered an honors program, recognizable upon graduation. The requirements of the group follow the Antioch mantra: pray, give, go and know. Students are challenged to participate in weekly prayer events, commit to monthly financial support for one missionary, attend two external outreaches each month, and read “Apostolic Fire,” a short book by Jeff Hartensveld, over the course of the semester.
Tony Elder, student body president and member of the society, believes in the program because of its vision and attainability.
“This is a practical way to get involved and reach out to the community we are in,” Elder said. “It can also give you experience in reaching out to people of different cultures and help prepare you for both vocational and marketplace ministry.”
The idea for Antioch Society was initially conceived through discussion with the Antioch leadership team, President Gordon Anderson, Doug Graham, vice president of spiritual life, and Dick Brogden, founder of Live Dead. The team strategized to set achievable goals for students that establish a lifestyle of missions.
“The [Antioch] Society was bred out of a desire for students to understand that you don’t have to be an intercultural studies major to be part of reaching the lost,” said Dana Kincaid, a full-time missionary associate working with North Central’s Antioch programs. “We need all hands on deck. It’s amazing how many people still have never heard the name of Jesus. Even in our own neighborhood.”
Anderson, who was involved in the development of Antioch, said the Society will add a way to talk and put to action the believer’s responsibly in furthering the Great Commission.
“The Antioch Society works to fulfill the mission of God, to establish the Kingdom of God,” Anderson said. “This is the DNA of the gospel.”