Senior Retreat: A Life-Changing Moment
Every year, the senior class sets aside the first Friday of the school year to have a time of consecration, inspiration, and, of course, lots of fun. The purpose, according to senior class advisor Greg Kurtz, is to build community and set a vision for the culture of the senior class.
This morning, the seniors started the day by donning t-shirts donated by the Christian colleges that are most popular with previous classes. This year, Cedarville University, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Taylor University, and Indiana Wesleyan University were represented.
The seniors next strolled through the alumni hallways where photographs of former senior classes hang on the walls. These photos of alumni are intended to remind students that they are a part of the DCS community. These former students are the “cloud of witnesses” who have gone before them. It is a first step in passing the torch.
The seniors filed outside to the boulder in the center of the parking lot, a depiction of a God who is never moved and never changes, where Kurtz rehearsed the story of the children of Israel crossing the Jordan River. Then they moved to the rock pile where they added their own stones to the growing pile already there, a depiction of their place in the DCS story and their responsibility to continue the tradition of maintaining a selfless, Christ-centered attitude.
“Ten years from now you will probably be married with two kids. You’ll come back for your ten year reunion and you will want to show your children where you went to high school,” said Kurtz. “When you bring your family on campus, and your children ask ‘What do these stones mean?’ you can tell them about the good things God did here in your life.”
After a break for some games, – the students entered the auditorium for a time of vision casting where Kurtz explained the senior class culture: Delta Chi Sigma.
“Chi stands for Christ; He is at the center,” said Kurtz. “Delta, like in any mathematical formula, signals a change. If Christ is at the center of your life, then there will be a change. Sigma is the sum total.”
“In other words, if Christ is at the center, there will be a change and it will result in you being a whole different kind of person who reaches down to those who are weaker, smaller, not as strong or smart – and you Delta Chi Sigma them,” explained Kurtz.
Kurtz also challenged the class to get 100% of their mission service hours in by December 1 and then to accumulate 2019 MORE hours in the second semester to give to their alma mater as part of their senior gift.
Congratulations, class of 2019! You’re finally seniors! We are excited to see how God will work in your lives this year!