Volume III, Number I Montreat Colle
p^rolina 28757 September 27, 2002
President Lindberg Interviewed
The folhnvittf! ii a paraphmied interview
widi President IJitdberg, condnaed hy senior
SadtDenlamin, a Wiefstonefredtmcc reporter.
Tnfiaure issues tf tfu> paper, the President will
address quesUom posed by students, staff, fac-
ult)’, atumni, or any interested party. Questions
am he li-maiied to •nhetstmteCwmontreatedu
with “Questions for the President” in the stib-
-Tim Tyson, Managing Editor
President Jack Lindberg
As interviewed by Scott Denkman
'luesday, September 17, 2002
Q. Do you have a philoso
phy for your ministry, or a set of
underlying principles that you
A. I’m a person who likes
to make sure that process works
well because it gives us good deci
sions in the end. If process is cir
cumvented, good decisions may
be made, but there will always be
something that is not handled as
effectively as when process i>lays a
role; Following this practice neces
sitates that there is good commu-'
I need to make sure that there
are efl'ectivc procedures and clear
communication, and that the pro
cedures put in place are followed.
Then we must begin to work
where all aspects of the institution
are puflitig together and working
toward the same goal.
I Itave a three-dimensional
method of leadership, the first
being integrity. Who we are and
w'hose we are are foundational in
how we act and what we should do.
The next is intentionality. Ifs
not simply good enough to have a
good heart, but w'e also must be
intentional about what we do. !f
one is intentional, then he is think
ing through things analytically and
• conceptually about what it is we’re
seeking to accomplish. Intentional
ity is the real work of leadership.
The third dimension is incarna
tion. We must represent and model
. what Jesus did in every' situation.
Q. Let’s talk about your past
at Asbury Theological Seminary.
What tools did a theological edu
cation give you for the position
that you’re in today?
A. God never tells us out
comes of situations, even when he
calls us to those certain situations.
My calling hack then was pastoral
ministry, and } never doubted that.
After seminary-', I went into pasto
ral ministry to be a proclaimer of
God’s word and to challenge people
Freshmen First Helps with Retention
By Erin Maguire & Becca Snyder
This semester’s Freshmen First
orientation involved almost twice
as many .students as last year.
Twenty-seven students opted to
come to school early for the intense
Freshmen First was developed
in 2001 to provide a relationship
building experience to ease stu
dents’ transition into college life.
Another aim of the program is
to “help us with retention issues,”
says Anita Darby, director ofadmksioas.
“Last year’s retention rate for
first time degree seeking students
was 67%,” says Pam Betker,
Montreat’.s registrar. The Fresh
men First alumni boast a retention
rate of 88%. “We would love to
sec this program grow exponen
tially until it eventually is available
to all incoming students,” added
Outdoor education professors
Jay Guffey and Dottie Shuman led
the program, challenging the stu
dents to grow in Christ and in
relationships with each other. The
group rafted the Nantahala River,
overcame the Camp Greenville
ropes course, picnicked with the
Montreal Pre.sbyterian Church,
serv'ed in the community, and
swanned Shadowbrook Mini Golf
in Black Mountain. The freshmen
wrapped up the week with a time
of communion and a prayer walk
“It was one of the best experi
ences of. my life,” says freshman
"'Freshmen First is something 1
do not regret at all going to. 1
Continued on page 18
f-reshmen First: ftiii; service, excitcmcni. aiuf
into discipling a growing relation
ship with .fesus Christ. To do that
as a senior pastor was very fulfill
ing and exciting. What theological
education gave me was two-prong:
first, a solid Biblical and theologi
cal lens to look at all of life and
to start the process of integration
of faith and living, and secondly, it
heightened my understanding and
desire to make sure that relation
ships are paramount in all of life.
Q. Tel! me about your spiri
tual life before your conversion
A. A lot of people like to brag
about how they were so bad and
now they’re so good. I didn’t have
a dramatic conversion experience.
Basically, 1 grew up in a veo' .sup
portive. nurturing church home. If
was a wondcrtul childhood, but
my ears were probably dosed. It
wasn’t until I got into college that
1 heard the truth, and 1 heard the
Gospel crystal-clear. 1 didn’t run
Continued on page 15
Wes gives miki bogging i new name w)iiie lie
proves kayaking is fim no matter where you are.
By Wes Waldorf
The only trace of water in La ke
Susan is the small runolf from Fiat
Creek, which is unusually low i! le
to the recent drought. Last year ; iO
lake was emptied for a few mon ts
of “maintenance,” Ho-Acver. c o
to the unexpected rainfall, rep; 's
were halted. Lake Susan fili.:d
up only to be drained again in
Montreat Conference Ceni.jr
Continued on pag, 3
Director of College Advancement
When asked what contributed
to record numbers on campus this
fall, Lisa Lankford, dean of admis
sions and financial aid responded,
“Monireat College is becoming a
first-choice provider of Christian
higher education in the southeast.
That and a lot of hard work by
Anita Darby, director of admis
sions, and her staff.”
The number of new students
attending Opening Convocation on
Augu,st 20 was 163- a record class
'i^erse of tfie Weef:
in recent school histoty. “You'd
have to go back to sometime m
the early 1990s to find an equal
or larger number of freshman and
new students at Montreat for the
fall," Darby said.
New .students attending the 8?''
opening session of Montreat Col
lege heard the new President,
Dr. John S. Lindberg announce
new majors in biology and com
puter information systems, choices
which were not available last year
at this time.
My message and my preaching were not with wise and persua
sive words, but with a demonstration of tlie Spirit’s power, so that
your faitli might not rest on men’s wi.sdom. but on God’s powers.
- / Connthians 2:4-5