This October and November, students from Southern’s SALT program (Soul-winning And Leadership Training) are participating in an evangelistic event with the East Ridge Seventh-day Adventist Church in East Ridge, Tennessee. The prophecy series lasts five weeks and nearly 100 non-Adventist have attended the meetings thus far.
The setup for the series is different from the usual, where guests sit in pews and face the front. The church is using its fellowship hall instead, allowing attendees to sit in a circle and connect with their group. Each of the 18 tables is assigned a SALT student and an East Ridge church leader. Those two table leaders facilitate discussions with their group before and after every sermon by guest speaker Joe Cirigliano.
The tasks SALT table leaders are carrying out during this series fulfills their practicum requirement and ties back into their classes, such as Christian Witnessing, Topics in Evangelism, and Interpersonal Ministry.
Michael Gee, senior outdoor emergency services and nursing major, is a current student in the SALT program. Before serving as a table leader at the evangelism meetings, he and other SALT students went door-to-door in the East Ridge community asking if anyone needed Bible studies. One of the community members that agreed—and has been studying with him ever since—is a part of his table group at the evangelism series.
“She’s been disconnected from the Adventist Church for a while,” Michael said, “but she has absolutely loved this church and the warm, community aspect of the series.”
SALT, in its second year of operation, is a joint program between Southern Adventist University and It Is Written. The program’s curriculum is designed to increase participants’ Bible knowledge and prepare them for evangelism.