In wake of Ferguson, MO violence and midterm election results, Bishop Walker to challenge students to become this generation’s leaders; Megachurch’s 10th anniversary service for young adults will be held at Tennessee State University’s Gentry Center
Bishop Joseph Walker will exhort more than 10,000 college and university students expected to attend Mt. Zion Baptist Church’s 10th annual College Sunday Service to “Wake Up and Pass the Torch” if they want to effect real change in their lives and in the lives of their communities. Addressing young people from a dozen institutions of higher learning across the Southeast, Walker will encourage them to respond to the racial, economic and justice challenges of our day by becoming leaders, healers, problem-solvers, and examples for future generations to emulate.
“This is their time and their nation needs for them to rise to the occasion, to wake up and get involved,” said Walker, who has developed a thriving youth and college ministry at Mt. Zion as he has grown the fellowship to more than 28,000. “America’s Civil Rights Movement was led by children – many of them college students from right here in Nashville – who saw injustice and tried to right it. This generation can and should build on that legacy – using tools as exciting as social media and as trustworthy as the good old ballot box – to build our communities up and counteract the negative, violent influences that sometimes seem to predominate.”
Walker, Bishop-elect of the 2-million member Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International, also recently founded Nashville Unites, a response to the upheaval in Ferguson, MO following the death of a young black man at the hands of a white police officer. Walker is working with Nashville’s police department to establish a healthier tone and working relationship, and to set an example for other communities across the country to follow. During College Sunday, he will offer Nashville Unites as one of several examples of how young people can get involved at the grassroots.
Students from colleges and universities in four states will be traveling to participate in College Sunday. Institutions represented will be: Tennessee State University, Fisk University, Meharry Medical College, Belmont University, Vanderbilt University, Austin Peay State University, University of Memphis, and University of Tennessee Chattanooga in Tennessee; University of Alabama and Alabama State University in Alabama; Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA; and Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA.
Services will begin at 11:15 a.m. at TSU’s Gentry Center, located at 3500 John A. Merritt Boulevard in Nashville. College Sunday is open to the public and all are welcome, especially young people.
About Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Mt. Zion Baptist Church is a Word-centered ministry designed to evangelize the lost at any cost, equip and empower the people of God and provide holistic ministry to our community as well as the world.
Seeking to minister to the total person, we are a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural ministry impacting the world in which we live with the uncompromising message of Jesus Christ. Committed to the spirit of excellence, we are striving to become an oasis of hope within the Nashville community by promoting and providing education and awareness, as well as financial independence.
We believe that God must be worshipped in spirit and in truth. We embrace freedom in worship because the Word says, “Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” Our foundation is the Word of God, and we believe It in Its entirety. We believe we can do what It says we can do, be who It says we can be and have what It says we can have.