By Lily Russell
Trevecca’s new chaplain, Erik Gernand, is hosting this year’s spiritual deepening week on Sept. 16-19.
“Spiritual Deepening week is a time to intentionally set some time aside, and in the midst of our busy schedule, turn our attention and hearts to God and give God some extra space in our life to do some things that we may not always have time or attention to lean into,” Gernand said.
The theme for this year is “In the Name of Jesus”. According to Gernand, the theme was inspired by Colossians 3:17 and Philippians 2:5-11.
With professors being encouraged to limit tests and large assignments, spiritual deepening week has become a staple in Trevecca’s schedule.
“We want to create a space for God to do significant work. …Trevecca’s about the holistic development of our students,” Gernand said.
Referring to Spiritual Deepening week as an “old school revival,” Gernand said it is an important time in the school year for all students and community members of Trevecca.
Stephanie Hansen, all student body chaplain, said she is looking forward to Gernand’s first time hosting spiritual deepening week.
“Erik and his wife Ashley have just been so involved with students and their spiritual life,” Stephanie Hansen said. “You can go into the cafeteria and Erik will sit and talk with you.”
Gernand said he hopes the week will be a time for all to empty themselves and let God enter in. He also hopes the week will help students build “a love for Jesus and a desire to have the shape of our life be in harmony with his.”
He is looking forward to sharing his message.
“Every chance I get I like talking about Jesus,” Gernand said.
Spiritual deepening week schedule:
Monday 6 p.m.
Tuesday 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Thursday 9:30 a.m.