Students at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., are gearing up for an edifying and encouraging year, with dozens of influential figures like Judah Smith, Tim Tebow, Lecrae and Franklin Graham lined up to deliver powerful messages during the Spring 2013 Convocation.
"From its inception, Liberty University has gathered its students multiple times each week for Convocation. Very early on these tri-weekly gatherings were referred to as 'chapel,' but the name was later changed to reflect the uniqueness of the educational experience," explained Liberty's vice president of Executive Projects Johnnie Moore.
Moore shared with The Christian Post that unlike other university "chapels" that focus on professors or ministers, Liberty's Convocation gathers influential speakers from every walk of life.
"It is more of a lecture series than a church service, and the speakers include leaders of global significance from every sphere of society. In recent years alone, Liberty students have heard from Hollywood legends, Fortune 500 CEOs, professional athletes, presidential candidates, public intellectuals, barons of business, and the most influential Christian missionaries, pastors and authors alive today," he added.
Recent Convocation guest speakers have included the Southern Baptist Convention's first black president Fred Luter, business mogul Donald Trump, ministers Francis Chan and Eric Mason, among many others. Students this year are particularly excited to hear from Lecrae, Tim Tebow, Mike Huckabee, Franklin Graham, James Brown and Judah Smith, according to Moore. Other expected speakers this Spring include Precept Ministries International founder Kay Arthur, Proverbs 31 Ministries president Lysa TerKeurst and spoken word poet Jefferson Bethke, while several other guests are yet to be announced.
Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. has dedicated an entire department at Liberty University to managing Convocation, which is streamed live on the school's website and runs from mid-January through April.
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