Ryan McWhorter, the campus minister for Baptist Collegiate Ministries on the Middle Georgia State College campus, oversees ministry on all five campuses -- Macon, Warner Robins, Cochran, Eastman and Dublin.
McWhorter has been in Middle Georgia since June, after serving an internship at the BCM at Valdosta State University. He attended Brewton Parker College, where he was involved with BCM, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he got a concentration in collegiate ministry.
I always knew that I wanted to be either near a college campus or near college students, McWhorter said. I felt like God was calling me to collegiate ministry.
The BCM, according to McWhorter, helps students in their spiritual walk while they are at school.
Its a time in their life when they are making life choices and we know that isnt always easy. They are in that college mind set, away from mom and dad and having the opportunity to make their own choices. Church is not always high on the priority list. Then they get into a habit of not going to church, not having Bible study, not fellowshipping with other believers.
At the same time that college students are having their first taste of independence, they are also bombarded with new ideas and plenty of big decisions.
They are thinking about what they are going to do with their life, what they are going to study, who they want to be with. In the meantime, professors are giving them their opinions and college students start to question what they believe, McWhorter said.
We want to be there for students, give them guidance and direction and opportunities to get to know who Christ is and what Christ has done for them, McWhorter said.
The BCM also encourages students to plug into local churches.
It is important for students to be a part of local believers. We encourage them to move their membership, to say, I am willing to help and willing to serve. It is a benefit for the student and it is a benefit for the church, McWhorter said.
A ministry of the Southern Baptist Convention, there are 47 BCM groups at Georgia colleges. Coming up Oct. 11-13, is the BCMs statewide conference, Confluence, to be held in McDonough.
Locally, there is a Bible study at the Warner Robins campus that meets at 2 p.m. Tuesdays. On Tuesday evenings in Cochran, the BCM holds an evening worship service, and on Thursdays a weekly lunch is held at the BCM house.
The activities vary from campus to campus and the organization has a website (middlegeorgiabcm.com) to inform students about what is going on and where. Each particular campus ministry also has an individual Facebook page.
Contact Alline Kent at 396-2467 or firstname.lastname@example.org.