Follow Christ, Lead the Way
Ohio Christian Encouraged Student-Athletes to ADVANCE image

The ADVANCE Mid-State League 2019 Leadership Summit on Sept 10 was a major success with over 450 students and coaches from Mid-State League member schools in attendance. The purpose of the event was to develop student-athletes into effective leaders within their teams and the broader community. Athletic Director David Bireline said, "to build this relationship between our university and the Mid-State League is very exciting for us as an athletic department. So many people played a role in making it happen, and we hope we can continue this relationship in the years to come."

Ohio Christian President Jon Kulaga opened the summit, welcoming the attendees and stating the goal of the event. “There are three purposes of today,” Dr. Kulaga said. “One is to educate, one is to inspire, and one is to give you some practical things to do.”

The summit included sessions from sports professionals, nationally renowned speakers, and government figures. Noteworthy presenters included Dr. Joe Savage, founder and executive director of Roads of Hope; Phil Savage, senior advisor for the New York Jets; and Dr. Ronald Layton, retired Deputy Assistant Director of the Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information for the United States Secret Service.

Throughout the day, the students were challenged to consider the character of a leader both on and off the field. Phil and Joe Savage shared their four C’s on what it takes to be successful: coachability, character, competitiveness, and compassion. They encouraged the students to challenge themselves to always improve.

“You cannot have victory unless you have an opponent,” Joe Savage said. “You’ve got to decide what it is that you compete against and that’s what you go after, even if that is against yourself.”

The event closed with an address from Layton, who told the students that there are no shortcuts to greatness. He encouraged them to work hard and never underestimate the impact of their beliefs.

“Remember this,” Layton said, “dreams are free. They don’t cost you anything. So, because they are free, always dream big.”

Almost every speaker, however, reiterated the most important characteristic of a strong leader, and that is to believe in something bigger than oneself. Ohio Christian strives to develop servant leaders who have a faith deeply rooted in Christ so they can impact the world.

At the conclusion of the summit, two student-athletes for each school in attendance were awarded the ADVANCE Student-Athlete Leadership Scholarship of $3,500 to attend Ohio Christian. To qualify for the scholarship, students had to demonstrate academic success, community service, leadership on and off the court, selflessness, and contribute to their sport. $98,000 scholarship dollars were awarded to 28 students from 14 schools.

 

Articles of Interest

Students with hands raised in worship

Promoting Transformational Change

Students with hands raised in worship

Published: December 17, 2019

In the interest of following the mission of Ohio Christian University, both the Adult...
Read More
In the interest of following the mission of Ohio Christian University, both the Adult ... Read More
In the interest of following the mission of Ohio Christian University, both the Adult ... Read More
Gerald Murphy Encourages Revival image

Gerald Murphy Encourages Revival

Gerald Murphy Encourages Revival image

Published: October 16, 2019

Gerald Murphy (’13) had one goal in mind for the campus of Ohio Christian University as he spoke during Fall 2019 Revival Week, and that was to have an encounter with Christ. Murphy, a graduate of Ohio Christian, encouraged students to let go of their former selves and take on their new identity as sons and daughters of God. In order to take on this new identity, Murphy said that one must first stop self-identifying as a sinner saved by grace. “If you continue to call yourself a sinner,” he said, “you’re going to keep acting like one.” Next, one must stop relying on their own actions...
Read More
Gerald Murphy (’13) had one goal in mind for the campus of Ohio Christian University as he spoke during Fall 2019 Revival Week, and that was to have an encounter with Christ. Murphy, a graduate of Ohio Christian, encouraged students to let go of their former selves and take on their new identity as sons and daughters of God. In order to take on this new identity, Murphy said that one must ... Read More
Gerald Murphy (’13) had one goal in mind for the campus of Ohio Christian University as he spoke during Fall 2019 Revival Week, and that was to have an encounter with Christ. Murphy, a graduate of ... Read More
Student Leadership Commissioning image

Student Leadership Commissioning

Student Leadership Commissioning image

Published: August 19, 2019

A day before the majority of students were set to return, Ohio Christian University held a commissioning ceremony for students serving in leadership roles this semester. The event was meant to build unity among student leaders and prepare them to face challenges as a team. Director of Student Engagement Eric Fehr said, “It’s really important that our student leaders think of themselves as on a larger team with larger over-arching goals than just being an RA or on the Student Involvement Council [SIC] team. It is our hope that as various student leaders face challenges and difficulties...
Read More
A day before the majority of students were set to return, Ohio Christian University held a commissioning ceremony for students serving in leadership roles this semester. The event was meant to build unity among student leaders and prepare them to face challenges as a team. Director of Student Engagement Eric Fehr said, “It’s really important that our student leaders think of themselves as on ... Read More
A day before the majority of students were set to return, Ohio Christian University held a commissioning ceremony for students serving in leadership roles this semester. The event was meant to ... Read More
Mount of Praise Recognizes OCU image

Mount of Praise Recognizes OCU

Mount of Praise Recognizes OCU image

Published: June 24, 2019

The Churches of Christ and Christian Union (CCCU) set aside a special night on June 22 to recognize the ministry of Ohio Christian University. The night was part of CCCU’s 102nd annual camp meeting, Mount of Praise. OCU’s history is closely tied to CCCU, as it was born out of a Mount of Praise camp meeting over 70 years ago. For many years after the college met on the camp ground as the Mount of Praise Bible College, which was later changed to Circleville Bible College. As time passed and the college grew, it changed its name once more to Ohio Christian University in 2007. Dr. Jon...
Read More
The Churches of Christ and Christian Union (CCCU) set aside a special night on June 22 to recognize the ministry of Ohio Christian University. The night was part of CCCU’s 102nd annual camp meeting, Mount of Praise. OCU’s history is closely tied to CCCU, as it was born out of a Mount of Praise camp meeting over 70 years ago. For many years after the college met on the camp ground as the ... Read More
The Churches of Christ and Christian Union (CCCU) set aside a special night on June 22 to recognize the ministry of Ohio Christian University. The night was part of CCCU’s 102nd annual camp meeting ... Read More