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Inauguration Week


Inauguration Week is the result of the collaborative work and coordination among many faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends. While the program is being guided by the Inauguration Committee, it is the hard work of those who are giving time and energy so generously that will make the Inauguration Week possible.

Inaugurations traditionally use the symbols of the past while envisioning a path for a preferred future. Throughout the years, inauguration ceremonies honoring Trinity International University presidents have offered opportunities for the Trinity community to celebrate its past and its vision for what’s next. The inauguration of David S. Dockery, Trinity’s fifteenth president, is no exception.

Over the course of its existence, the Trinity community has grown to embody a faithful, generous, and orthodox evangelicalism, committed to the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and the truthfulness of Holy Scripture. Being a part of this academic community is deeper than just the common experience of pursuing knowledge. The Trinity connection is one of kinship and shared values—all of which are shaped by the pattern of Christian truth.

, our inaugural theme, reaffirms Trinity’s wonderful heritage while looking forward with hope toward a blessed and God-honoring future. During the week of October 20–23, we will come together to celebrate the installation of Trinity’s fifteenth president and the best that the University represents, not as an end in itself, but as a pointer to a God-blessed and hopeful trajectory for Trinity in the years to come.

We look forward to seeing you throughout the week!

Here’s the week at a glance:

Fall ’14 Issue of Trinity Magazine Fresh Off the Press

TrinMag Fall '14 Cover

The fall 2014 issue of Trinity Magazine is hitting mailboxes, both real and virtual. Here’s a taste of what’s inside:

    • “TEDS at Princeton: Proclaiming the Gospel at the Ivy League”
      —It turns out that there’s a sort of nexus of TEDS grads deeply impacting the Princeton campus. Communication Assistant Andy Koenig (BA ’14) reports on the who, what, and why.

“There is a certain assumption on these campuses that religion and intellect are mutually exclusive, an assumption that if you’re intellectual you have to leave this religion and Christianity stuff behind.”

~ Matt Bennett (MDiv ’01), President of Christian Union, p. 13


    • “Academic success at Trinity”
      —Attending a university is an exciting and challenging time. Finding and experiencing academic success is a necessary component of this endeavor. For those with learning problems and other disabilities, the challenge is even greater. What does Trinity have to offer in this regard? Assistant Professor of Education Peter L. Wright walks us through the answer.

“My accommodations helped me feel secure and confident as a student. For the most part, I did not feel treated differently by professors or students because of them. In fact, most professors were grateful to provide a better way for me to succeed in my studies. … God bless Trinity for seeking to provide ways for students with learning disabilities to succeed in college!”

~ Naomi Sorenson (BA ’14), p. 15


    • “Bike4Solution: 2,500 Miles. 4 Dudes. 1 Cause.”
      —Trinity 2014 graduates and former Trojan football team members Tommy Kenney, 23, Dan Johnson, 22, Jono Mullins, 22, and Dustin Alewine, 23 set out on June 14, 2014, to bike from Deerfield, Ill., to Mission Viejo, Calif., with a mission to help raise awareness for girls trapped in human trafficking.

“At the end of the day, we’re asking men to step up with us,” Alewine said. “It comes down to supply and demand. If there continues to be men who are willing to pay for sex, this issue is going to go on.” (p. 17)


    • “The Christian Law School: Negative, Neutral or Nurturing?”
      —Advisory Board Member of Trinity Law School Jefferey J. Ventrella challenges the common assumptions that studying law from explicitly Christian perspectives can be anything but nurturing.

“To be most fully human means living coram Deo, that is, before the face of God. If we desire to study law to maximally cultivate human flourishing by promoting justice, we must do so intentionally under Christ’s lordship: fully exploring how the law—the standard—can be known and applied, in and to our very lives.”

~ Jeffrey J. Ventrella, p. 20

Check it out below:


Lessons from Calvin’s Geneva: Pastoral Collegiality and Accountability

As part of its continuing calendar of events, the Henry Center launched its Scripture & Ministry series on Wednesday, September 17, led by an insightful presentation from Professor Scott Manetsch on pastoral collegiality and accountability in Calvin’s Geneva. Much of the discussion built off of Dr. Manetsch’s recent work on Calvin’s Company of Pastors. You can watch the lecture at by clicking the “On Demand” tab.

In conclusion, Dr. Manetsch offered a few points of application for ministry today:

  1. Proclamation of the Word must be central and essential to the pastor’s vocation. The Word of God must be preached in integrity and power.
  2. God frequently uses institutions to preserve Christian truth and promote pastoral wellbeing. During a time where sentiments for anti-institutionalism continue to grow, it is a helpful reminder that God frequently uses institutions to preserve Christian truth and promote pastoral wellbeing. Calvin utilized the institutions in Geneva to help shape clerical culture and facilitate growth, love, and encouragement among fellow pastors. How might we be able to do the same in our context?
  3. Pastoral wellbeing requires healthy relationships with other Christian leaders. Lone ranger pastors do not last long and churches do not serve as the breeding ground for personal fiefdoms. Effective ministry must be born out of collegiality, encouragement, and edification.
  4. A pastor’s wellbeing requires accountability to other Christian leaders: In an evangelical world that is too often beholden to kingdom-building and church empires, we need accountability.
  5. Pastoral wellbeing requires spiritual and professional growth: continuing devotion and education are necessary for the minister of the Word.


Read the full write-up over at the Henry Center.


Service Learning Credit with Community Partnerships Cabinet

Community Partnerships Cabinet (CPC) will be giving a discussion about Service Learning Credit and their ministries on Monday, September 8th at 7 p.m. in Melton. There will be snacks, a wealth of information about service learning, an opportunity to receive help in registering and filling out the service learning paperwork, and a time to learn more about CPC’s ministries. We hope to see you there!

CPC is a student leadership group on the Deerfield campus. There are nine different volunteer organizations associated with CPC, including Younglife, Habitat for Humanity, a nursing home, a homeless shelter outreach, and many more. In short, students are able to get Service Learning Credit through all nine ministries if you so choose.

Incarnate the Love of Christ: Refugee Ministry Opportunities

If you’re interested in mentoring, counseling and simply incarnating the love of Christ to others, then think about refugee ministry!  Hospitality is a defining feature of the Christian life, and almost nothing portrays hospitality more clearly than welcoming strangers in a strange land (Matt 25).

Pairs of students visit newly arriving refugee families from Iraq, Congo, Burma, etc. each week for an hour or so. Volunteers need a love of people, a desire to help, and a sense of humor. It is not necessary to speak a foreign language or have travel experience. Transportation is provided (the ministry is located in the Rogers Park neighborhood).

Contact Prof. Amit Bhatia (, faculty adviser for Trinity’s Refugee Ministry, for further information. There will be a four-hour training session on Saturday, September 20, from 10 a.m.–2p.m. in Rodine 128. This opportunity can also be used toward your Service Learning credit or Cross Cultural Field Ed. credit, so stay tuned for further announcements regarding dates and times.

Check out the video on walking this road together:


Trinity College Modified Class Schedule for Convocation, Sept. 3

The traditional undergraduate classes of Trinity College will follow a modified schedule on Wednesday, September 3, due to University Convocation. Classes between 9 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. will each be shortened by 5 minutes. Students and faculty should carefully note the modified schedule, below. Schedules will also be posted throughout buildings where college classes meet.

8:00 – 8:50 (and 7:35 – 8:50) classes are unchanged.
9:00 – 9:50 classes will meet 9:00 – 9:45.
10:00 – 10:50 classes will meet 9:55 – 10:40.
11:00 Convocation
12:15 – 1:05 classes will meet 12:40 – 1:25.
1:15 – 2:05 classes will meet 1:35 – 2:20.
2:15 – 3:05 classes will meet 2:30 – 3:15.

Classes, labs and music groups that meet in the late afternoon or evening will follow their regular schedule.

The Convocation service is anticipated to be longer than a standard chapel. This schedule change spreads the impact over all classes equally. In order to start Convocation promptly at 11:00, classes will be dismissed at 10:40 to give students and faculty time to make their way to the chapel and be in place for the service.

Note that this schedule change is for the traditional undergraduate program of Trinity College in Deerfield only. TEDS, TGS, and REACH classes will follow their normal schedules.