Ministering in the Secular University #1
Over the next several weeks, I would like to introduce you to an excellent resource for Christian faculty and professional staff. It is the book entitled, Ministering in the Secular University by Dr. Rae Mellichamp.
Dr. Mellichamp is Emeritus Professor of Management Science in the Manderson Graduate School of Business at the University of Alabama and National Faculty Representative for Christian Leadership Ministries. For 25 years, Dr. Mellichamp combined successful academic pursuits with effective Christian ministry activities.
Dr. Mellichamp has published refereed articles in such journals as Management Science, Decision Sciences, Expert Systems, Interfaces, IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, The Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, Simulation, IEEE Networks, and The Harvard Business Review. He was principal investigator for contract research projects totaling over $1.25 million and served as a consultant to AT&T, General Motors, N.A.S.A. (The Space Shuttle Program), and the U.S. Army (Strategic Defense Initiative).
In addition to an excellent academic career, Dr. Mellichamp also found the time to invest in making Christ an issue at his campus and on other campuses across the nation. The book, Ministering in the Secular University, is the product of years of ministry experience.
In the forward to his book, Dr. Mellichamp says, "As a college or university professor or professional staff member, you are one of the most influential people in our society. And as a Christian professor or staff member, you have great opportunity to impact your students and colleagues, as well as your institution, for the cause of Christ." Do you agree with that statement? Does that challenge your heart to glorify Christ in all you do; or does it overwhelm you; or does it leave you cold?
The entire text of Ministering in the Secular University is on the Web. You can read the forward to the book at: http://www.clm.org/msu/foreword.html
Scripture: Acts 1:8 - "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses, both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth."
Action Point: Consider Dr. Mellichamp's introductory statement above. How would your life be different if you agreed with him?
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