Aside from being a type of lamp, a torchiere was a stand used to hold candles. Just as a light is no good hidden beneath a bushel basket, it isn’t very good far from where you need it. Torchieres were helpful because they allowed a person to move their candle, their source of light, right where they needed it. That is what you do for LuMin in St. Cloud. You provide a place for the light of Christ to shine in and on the students of St. Cloud State University, right on campus.
One Year in Our New Way
LuMin in St. Cloud has just finished our first full year with our new pastor and without a church building, which means that we have completed our first year as a fundraising ministry.
Our long term goal is to get the pastor’s position to full-time. More time means more opportunities to meet with students and make sure they have the spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and physical support they need as they learn what it means to be an adult and a Christian in a post-modern world. It looks like we are on track to bump up my hours from 20 hours/week to 25 hours/week at the start of the next academic year.
Last year for Bible study, we met in a room adjacent to Garvey. This year the students thought it would be better if we held our Bible study in the cafeteria instead of just outside of it. What a difference it has made! In the midst of talking about Jesus and discipleship, the students of LuMin, our LuMinaries, greet and chat with their friends and invite them to join us. Mostly we end up talking about classes and movies, but I feel LuMin is much more a part of life on campus now that we are exposed and engaged.