By: Dale Kramer, Senior Communication and Psychology major
Grace University held its 2014 Servant Leadership Training (SLT) Fair on Friday, September 5, on campus in the Jim Classen Gymnasium. The fair provided an opportunity for vendors to meet Grace students and set them up with service roles in their respective ministries.
The SLT program is a key distinctive of a Grace University education. As part of each academic program, students volunteer each week to gain ministry and leadership experience. Each year, students give more than 20,000 hours of service to the community.
“I was quite pleased with the response to this year’s SLT fair” said professor Terry Johnson, who is serving in his first year as SLT Director. “Between 40 and 50 organizations responded to our invitation to the fair and 38 specific organizations attended the fair, with a good variety of service opportunities being represented. The vendors gave several compliments about the fair and about students who have served them well with their past SLT service.”
Community members, vendors, and students alike show great appreciation for the SLT Fair. Many vendors have been regular attenders of the fair for several years. Thomas Bird, a Grace University senior, represented a regular vendor at the fair.
“The SLT Fair had a good turnout in my opinion,” Bird said. “The church I helped to represent, Hope Evangelical Free Church, had a good time talking to new students and inviting them to come check out the volunteer opportunities at the church.”
Professor Johnson and the SLT Office will continue to work with students and ministries alike throughout the semester to provide great service experiences. Being the only college in Omaha to provide such opportunities, Grace University strongly emphasizes servant leadership training as an integral component of its mission.
“I feel that the fair provided a good opportunity for communication and interaction between community service organizations, students, and Grace University,” Johnson said. “Having said that, I will say that we already are working to make it even better next year.”