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Waxahachie, Texas — September 11, 2012 — Tuesday morning’s chapel on September 4th began Southwestern Assemblies of God University's (SAGU) 2012 Spiritual Saturation week. At the beginning of each year, SAGU sets aside one week to emphasize spiritual formation among students. An altered class schedule allows for extended chapel times during the day and special services in the evening.

Kendrick Residential Assistant Desiree Peters says, "I always enjoy Spiritual Saturation week and appreciate the opportunity it gives me to refocus. I notice an alertness and sense of expectancy especially during the night services. It is exciting to see God move and set the spiritual tone for the rest of the school year."

Several district youth directors from surrounding AG districts were guest speakers for the week. This year's speakers included Jon Catron (North Texas District), Darin Poe (Southern Missouri), Matt Rule (South Texas), Timothy Black (Arizona), Dane Hall (Arkansas), Allen Chapin (Louisiana) and George Carballo (Texas Louisiana Hispanic). Also attending were District Youth Directors Brian Neugent (Kentucky), Darin Stroud (Kansas), David Maxwell (Mississippi), Doug Everaard (Oklahoma) and Juan D. Acuna (South Central Hispanic).

This semester, Stroud, Poe and Hall are SAGU Distance Education instructors for the Bible and church ministries department. Stroud teaches Youth & Student Ministry Leadership and Strategies for Youth & Student Ministries courses. Youth & Student Ministry Leadership is a foundational course in developing an effective youth ministry. Strategies for Youth & Student Ministries addresses finding, growing and leaving ministry positions. Poe teaches Youth & Student Evangelism. The class provides methods for reaching adolescents with a focus in campus ministry.

Hall oversees SAGU youth ministry major internships. Each internship provides students with practical, hands-on ministry experience in a variety of settings such as campus ministry, district camps and local church ministry. While participating in ministry, students are guided through meaningful conversations with an experienced ministry supervisor.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 60 associate, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU. 

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