North Greenville University ‘Ignites’ new academic year

The third annual Ignite Conference on the North Greenville University campus helped launch the first three days of classes, Aug. 19-21. The Ignite experience begins the academic year with a time of collective worship for the NGU community.

An expected enrollment of more than 2,500 students began classes Aug. 19. More than 700 new students arrived the week before for new student orientation.

Tony Nolan of TNT Ministries Inc. was the speaker for Ignite, which included two chapel worship services and two evening services. Nolan speaks to more than 800,000 students annually through concerts, festivals, church services, radio and television. He has served as tour pastor with several major Christian recording artists including Building 429, Skillet, Toby Mac and Casting Crowns.

Worship music for the conference was provided by North Greenville’s musical groups Joyful Sound and Campus Band.

More than 100 NGU students responded to Christ, including 25 who received Christ as Lord.

“We praise God for his continuing work on the NGU campus,” said Steve Crouse, vice president for campus ministries. “Pray for the campus ministries team as they follow up with these students.”

On Aug. 28, NGU’s Office of Student Life offered its annual Make a Difference Day, which allowed approximately 300 freshmen, in partnership with Three Rivers Baptist Association churches, to minister in service to 18 local communities. Projects included assisting the elderly with yard and house work, nursing home and children’s activities, and reaching out to people to lend a helping hand for the day.

Some of the locations where students ministered included Alpha Health and Rehab, Camp Marietta, Crestwood Apartments, Forestville Baptist Church, Frazee Dream Center, God’s Pantry, Grace Place, Harmony Ridge Apartments, Slater Baptist Church, and Tigerville Baptist Church.