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Honestly, I took a risk.

Honestly, I took a risk. There were plenty of other things I wanted to do—opportunities within my field of study. But I couldn’t reconcile them with the fact that I clearly had the gifts and a draw towards vocational ministry, and people whom I trusted continued to point them out. 

In the end, I took very seriously the voices of the community around me in my decision to apply for the CCO Fellows Program. It’s a relatively countercultural thing to do, but God places us in communities for reasons such as this.

The university as an institution is such a brilliant space to exchange a diversity of thought, beliefs, visions for the future—seeing what happens when that institution collides with a Christian worldview of good, of hope, of restoration. I became absolutely convinced that the college campus is a strategic and timely space for faith development.

When else can you dedicate a year of your life to your own spiritual formation as you discern your calling in a community that is working to speak dignity and glory into every potential career? Whether it’s a call to full-time ministry or a career path within your field of study, the CCO affirms that. The Fellows Program can be the community that helps you discern that path well.

—Cole Riley
CCO Fellow 2013

 

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