Entries by Chelsea Galusky

Mission Trips: Hurt or Help?

Greg Austring, former missionary and current Vanguard University professor of Intercultural Studies, Religion, and Ethics, addresses possible down-sides of mission trip ministry.   What are the issues of the people to whom students will minister? In teaching about short-term missions at Vanguard University, I emphasize the importance of mission teams knowing the context and issues […]

Changes in Student Mission Trips

In the next two issues, Vanguard University leaders direct our attention to the changes in student mission trips. This month, Kayli Hillebrand, Vanguard’s Associate Director of Outreach, tells us about changes in motivation and preparation. In April, Greg Austring will list new concerns about what the students do once on the field. Both of these […]

Relevant or Redundant? Work Well for Change in Town

Ed Clarke, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology at Vanguard University writes this month. He would love to help resource churches and pastors as we reach out to people in our cities!   As a masonry contractor, I participated in construction projects that changed the lives of people.  In Haiti, for instance, we built 22 schools that […]

More Caught than Taught

Natalie Garcia became a student intern last spring, and her life took a whole new direction.   A junior, as part of the Vanguard University and SoCalNetwork internship, she served at Santa Paula, under Pastor Adelita Garza’s supervision, ten hours a week for ten weeks. She drove there every Friday night to rehearse with the […]

A Hebrew Thanksgiving

Rich Israel, Chair of the Vanguard University Religion Department and Professor of Old Testament, wrote our featured article this month. As we prepare for Thanksgiving this month, he writes this –   George Washington initiated it nationally, on November 26, 1789, and Abe Lincoln institutionalized it in 1863, but Thanksgiving began here in America much […]

Christmas Fantasia – Group Sales

Kick off the Christmas season with us! Enjoy favorite carols and breathtaking masterpieces performed by Vanguard University’s 200-member choirs and orchestra, in the elegance and acoustical perfection of two stunning venues –   Tuesday, December 2 8pm | Segerstrom Center for the Arts Friday, December 5 8pm | St. Andrews Presbyterian Church **Group discounts are […]

Missionary Intern to a “Start Up” Mission

  We can’t tell the name of the places.   In at least one case, no known local Christians are there.   “Missionaries” are just at the stage of trying to “make friends,” and “making disciples” is somewhere in the future.   Vanguard University students Niki Trueb ’16 and Kiera Husband ’16 spent 8 weeks […]

Chapel Services

  Chapels are the heart of the campus time in worship and the Word. Planned carefully, their pattern may help you think about your preaching themes. After sitting down with Bryan Rouanzoin, Associate Director of Chapel and Discipleship, to discuss this, here is their approach.   Who I Am In Christ (identity), and Who We […]

Adults Learning Today

Andrew Stenhouse, Director of Graduate and Professional Studies at Vanguard University, wrote our featured article this month. We asked him to tell us how adults are learning these days, and help us think about best discipleship teaching practices in that light. He writes this –   Adult learners are primarily driven by three things: relevance, […]