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Boyce College to hold financial seminars, job fair
April 05, 2004
By Ericia Boggs
Orientation. Four years of academic excellence. Graduation. Now What?
All students will eventually wrestle with this difficult question -- no matter how certain they are of God’s call. And with it, they will face the accompanying “real life” issues such as jobs and financial stresses.
For this reason, the Boyce College student council will sponsor several financial seminars and a “Now What?” job fair April 6-8. The events will inform students of the ministry opportunities available to them after graduation -- as well as educate students in wise financial planning.
“The whole week will be concentrating on the future,” said Ginger Gilliland, vice-president of the Boyce student council.
The financial planning seminars will take place on April 6 and 8 and will be conducted primarily by Dean Clark, a local financial expert. Although Clark is not a professional financial planner, he has taught Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace” curriculum for many years and has specifically focused on teaching young people about how to be better stewards of the money God has given them.
“My main point is that we forget who owns everything, but Psalms tells us that God owns the cattle on a thousand hills. Whether He gives us $3000 a year or $3 million a year, it’s all His and we all need to be good stewards,” said Clark, who is a pilot for United Parcel Service and is a member of Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky.
Clark will be speaking on practical areas of managing money, such as budgeting, getting out of debt, making provision for emergency funds and saving for the future.
“The primary thing is that we be more Kingdom-minded and not worldly-minded,” he said.
Clark points out that a major purpose for using money wisely is not just to be able to pay the bills, but also to be able to give generously to various ministries.
The “Now What?” job fair will be held April 7 in the Carver Patio Room. This fair will introduce Boyce students to numerous ministry opportunities. Some of the ministries that will be represented are Wycliffe Bible Translators, World Magazine, Focus on the Family and Southern’s own School of Church Music, among other ministries. The tables will be set up from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., and they will be manned from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Exhibitors will offer broch-ures, applications, literature, pictures and information about their ministries. South-ern Seminary’s Ministry Referral Office will also have several large booths at the fair.
“Most Boyce students know that Ministry Referral exists because they get tons of stuff in their boxes, but what they don’t realize is the service they provide to us as students and alumni,” Gilliland said.
Ministry Referral offers help in creating resumes, in deciding what ministry to go into according to one’s gifts and in offering great resources, websites and association information -- everything one needs in order to learn about and be placed into a ministry specific to each student’s unique calling.
“[The fair] will be a great opportunity for students so they don’t have to leave the campus. Everything’s right here at their fingertips,” Gilliland said.