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Micah Sanders

Graduation year: 2018

Major: Theology

Hometown: Salem, Ore.

Next: Young Life

Jan. 1, 2018

Preparing for Full-Time Ministry

Oct. 2, 2017

I am most excited this year about my role in a class generally 80-90 freshmen take called Foundations of Christian Leadership. I am the TA and a small group leader for the class, which I took and was deeply challenged by my freshmen year. In retrospect, no class has impacted how my years have gone more than this one, and I so badly want freshmen to have an opportunity to have a similar experience. It's a blessing to get to be a part of such a formative time in so many first-year students' lives, and is not a role I take lightly. Whether it be relationally, intellectually or in ministry, I hope to engage and challenge freshmen to step in to who God created them to be this coming year, and for the rest of their life.

The biggest challenge I face is certainly the amount of different roles and responsibilities I have going into this year. I am taking 16 credits myself, am the TA for Foundations of Christian Leadership, am team leading a Wyldlife team, leading Young Life, beginning to fundraise personal support for a position with Young Life that will start in the new year, and helping put on a Young Life Reunion at Whitworth during Homecoming. I feel as if I am a part-time student; as if I have one foot at Whitworth, and the other in the world of full-time ministry. It's going to be an odd semester full of many different tasks, but what I am involved with are the things that I enjoy doing deeply, and for that, I feel incredibly lucky.

I am infinitely grateful for the love and joy I have experienced from people and professors at Whitworth. I also appreciate the commitment to excellence in academics that Whitworth has. However, the aspect of the Whitworth community I think I will most miss is the deep thinking about issues in the world, and how as Jesus-following people we ought to approach them. I have been lucky enough to know a great deal of people who are not OK with the status quo and political correctness, and allow their experience of Jesus to actually transform their life and convictions. That starts with Beck, and flows throughout many relationships I have made. And along the way, there is a lot of love and grace even among disagreement.