Second-annual Trinity Sunday emphasis set for 2019
Trinity CommunicationsNovember 02, 2018
Trinity International University invites congregations within the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) to host a Trinity Sunday presentation in spring 2019, allowing congregations to learn about the University’s work and invest in its success.
To aid churches in making a brief presentation about TIU on a Sunday of their choosing in February, March or April, the University has prepared a series of downloads at tiu.edu/TrinitySunday. Churches can download a bulletin insert, poster, and a short video. They also can access forms for starting TIU prayer groups, scheduling Trinity speakers and providing student referrals.
The video, which runs less than two minutes, emphasizes the opportunities available with this generation of students, many of whom exhibit a deep desire to plant new churches and take the gospel message to all corners of the world.
The inaugural Trinity Sunday launched in early 2018, with EFCA congregations from Virginia to Nebraska participating. This year’s launch comes several months prior to the Trinity Sunday season in order to provide pastors and church leaders more time for planning.
EFCA President Kevin Kompelien urges churches to think in terms of three key investments: prayer, financial support and student referrals.
“Trinity is playing a significant part in raising up and training missionaries and pastors to be able to serve in a variety of places, both in the U.S. and around the world,” Kompelien said.
TIU is the only institution of higher learning in the United States that is affiliated with the EFCA. Its main campus in Deerfield (about 30 miles north of downtown Chicago) is home to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, one of the largest and most respected institutions of its kind in evangelical life. The Deerfield campus also houses a graduate school that includes one of the few bioethics programs on a Christian campus, and an undergraduate school that offers about 70 programs of study.
TIU also hosts a law school in Santa Ana, California, and extension campuses in Florida and several Midwestern states. Fourteen of TIU’s degree programs are fully online.
Students arrive from about 45 U.S. states and about 40 countries. Trinity’s alumni footprint reaches nearly 100 countries.
TIU has been operating Camp Timber-lee in southern Wisconsin since October 2016. The camp has a long, rich history in serving EFCA churches.
“The relationship between the EFCA and Trinity has never been better,” TIU president David S. Dockery said. “We are grateful for a strong, vibrant relationship with our partners in the EFCA. We are thankful for their investment in our work.”