The Call on the Quad
The Call on the Quad
Posted on: March 25, 2011
On the first day of spring, several students, faculty, staff and members from the community gathered on the Emmanuel College campus in Franklin Springs, Ga., for the Call on the Quad, a 12-hour day of worship, prayer and fasting for revival.
“The Call on the Quad went above and beyond all expectations and God's presence was so strong. Just as Sunday physically marked the first day of a new season, I wholeheartedly believe there was a great shift in the spiritual realm at Emmanuel College,” says Katlyn Moncrief, student and event coordinator. “We may never realize the full extent our prayers, but I am certain that people and things are beginning to change. I know revival has begun at Emmanuel College!”
The verse for the day was Ephesians 3:20. Interestingly, the chapter and verse directly coincide with the month and day of the event. In addition, the content of the scripture could not have been more appropriate for the purpose of the Call on the Quad. The scripture reads, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”
The day kicked off with a 10 a.m. worship service. Campus ministry teams, worship teams, drama teams, and Revive Dance Team ministered through song, drama and dance. Their worship was followed by challenging messages from Katlyn Moncrief, campus pastor Chris Maxwell and Rick Moncrief, pastor of Joshua’s Place Church.
In addition, Presiding Bishop Ronald W. Carpenter, Sr. and Executive Director of World Missions Ministries Doug Beacham spoke to the group through pre-recorded videos. Both shared heart-felt prayers encouraging the group to earnestly seek God’s face during their time of worship and devotion.
Starting at noon, prayer groups focused on different topics for one-hour increments. Topics for prayer included personal repentance, healing, Emmanuel College leadership, listening for God’s voice, marginalized social groups, world missions and student prayer requests. During these prayers, people soon rediscovered the peace that comes from personal connection with God.
“I had so many other things to do on Sunday, but getting by myself and seeking God turned my busy, frantic, and binding day into a peaceful, beautiful, and stable day free from stress and worries,” says Worship and Music Ministry major Jenna Preskitt. “Now, I'm trying to get in a habit to pray without ceasing. It gives me an unspeakable joy and passion to live.”
Throughout the day, an overwhelming sense of freedom and boldness permeated the corridors of the Taylor Auditorium. Several students experienced revolutionary growth and breakthrough in their intimate time of praise and worship.
“During the morning worship service, God directed me to dance. For so long, I have not been able to freely worship in my dance, but God released all that was holding me back,” says Christian Ministries major Erica Radford. “It was an incredible joy to step out and be bold with the gift God has given me again.”
The day concluded with a powerful night of worship as students ended the time of prayer and fasting by thanking God for all He had done. This attitude of worship continues to fuel the desire for revival the community so desperately seeks.
"Call on the Quad provided time for us to pause our hurry, to change our normal schedule, to bow in reverence and to rejoice in celebration. As a result, we had the opportunity to experience God in a variety of spiritual disciplines,” says Chris Maxwell.