College Ministry (Chapel & Evening Events)
"Jim and Carol put flesh on the truths of God’s call, grace, love and forgiveness in a way that touches lives and changes hearts. Their presentations at Gordon College over the past years have provided some of the most memorable moments in our chapel program. Their drama is always fresh, poignant, anchored in Biblical truth and relevant to the real-life struggles of those seeking to faithfully follow Christ. I look forward to continuing to partner with them in ministering to college students."
Dr. Greg Carmer, Dean of the Chapel, Gordon College
WHAT WE BRING
Acts of Renewal hits the spectrum from hilarity to moving truth in their plays especially designed for college audiences. Highlighting the realities of hard issues students deal with on a daily basis, Jim and Carol use a lot of humor, heart, and an honest style that engages students where they live.
WHAT WE DO
Jim and Carol can come to campuses for one, two to three days sharing their ministry extensively through morning chapels, evening forums and meetings in the dorms. They always make it a point to hang around after presentations talking to students until there's nobody left.
Chapel Programming Update:
THE ART OF FORGIVENESS: Real Stories, Real Theatre, Real Life.
STRESS and SABBATH — Finding Balance in the Chaos — Does it all feel like too much, too fast and you can never really get ahead? Are you exhausted, reaching for elusive peace and longing for rest? Come learn some helpful tools to find balance in the chaos. Acts of Renewal presents engaging theatre and explores some spiritual disciplines that give you a way to balance the intensity. Can the ancient/future use of Sabbath and listening prayer bring restoration to your crazy life? Come find out.
THE HEART OF THE MATTER — How do we get back to a real connection with God that's back to the heart, that brings us alive and directly affects our relationships? Some funny and powerful theatre explores all this in a definitely thought provoking way.
FIRST YOU LET GO — AND THEN YOU LEAP — Exploring the risk of reaching out of your comfort zone to impact another person's life in service. What if you feel inept? What if you fail? How can your greatest weakness become your greatest strength when helping someone else? Great theatre, funny, powerful, real.
*Scroll down for more of our classic programming and recent responses from college chaplains and sponsors
"While Asbury has enjoyed visits from Acts of Renewal for many years, their visit this October during our series on "Faith in an Unforgiving Culture" revealed once again how creativity and vulnerability make grace and truth palpable for students. Carol and Jim are very natural at sharing from their own journeys as their drama engages profound topics for collegians. After an engaging morning chapel, well over 200 students attended a hilarious evening of hearing about "Communicating with the Opposite Sex". We look forward to more years with Acts of Renewal as they minister through drama with relevance, wisdom, and wit."
Rev. Greg K. Haseloff, Associate Dean for Campus Ministries & Campus Chaplain Asbury University
"Students rated Acts of Renewal as their favorite chapel series last year. We hosted them for our relationship series at Palm Beach Atlantic University and because of the great impact they had during their time on our campus, we have invited them to come back again. They have been a blessing to our student body and we are thrilled to be having them back again this year."
Nathan Oliver, Counseling Center Director, Palm Beach Atlantic University
MOST POPULAR PROGRAMMING:
DOES GOD MAKE SENSE WHEN MY FAMILY DOESN'T? — Jim and Carol Anderson Shores use theatre to explore challenging family relationships. A funny, moving show based on a true story that offers hope.
COMMUNITY — UMBUNTO -- This South African word means "I am fully human when connected to God and to you." Exploring through theatre the realities of choosing to invest in real community.
STRESS — How to Survive it and Help Others as Well -- You're overwhelmed and so is everyone around you and it's just the beginning of the semester! Life is already intense and it feels like it will never change. You're not alone and there's good news. Acts of Renewal provides theatre that explores the problem of stress and how to find balance in the chaos. So come and laugh. It's a good stress reliever.
LOVE, RELATIONSHIPS AND OTHER CONFUSING THINGS — How do you know when the one is The One? What sort of love really lasts a lifetime? This funny, and connecting one act play, has had students laughing and resonating with the thought provoking message at the end.
CLASSIC EVENING PROGRAMMING: That Keeps on Connecting with Students
COMMUNICATING WITH THE OPPOSITE SEX — Come experience hilarious interactive theatre exploring the differences between the sexes and some basics in healthy communication skills. Students across the country rave about this very funny and very illuminating entertainment experience. Come learn, see, and experience how to have healthier relationships that last.
LSD — The Hallucinogenic Combination of Love, Sex, and Dating — Sexual brokenness and sexual wholeness and how do you move towards the latter for a healthy life? Can you get out of what you've gotten into? What if one of you has had sex and the other hasn't — does that effect a marriage? Acts of Renewal, explores these issues in an entertaining, thought provoking presentation you won't soon forget. Male only version or Co-ed version.
THIRSTING FOR WHOLENESS — BODY IMAGE AND SELF ACCEPTANCE -- (for women only) Fresh, engaging, interactive programming looking at the pressures and realities of body image and beauty from the inside out.
"Jim and Carol bring us a relevant vibrancy in communicating the truths of the Gospel in a form that is accessible and engaging for our campus. Each year they work with us to craft programming which addresses the specific needs of our community. Our students, faculty, and staff consistently give their programs great evaluations. They are easy to host and a delight to know. I appreciate Jim and Carol’s serious consideration of their theatre as a true gift and calling of God to minister to the needs of this generation of collegians."
Dr. Fred Foy Strang, Chaplain, King University
"If they were only good Christian actors, I would continue to bring them to campus every few years, but they are so much more. In addition to chapel presentations, they lead workshops, speak in classes and because some of the issues they address can be painful, they make themselves available to students to help them process and begin to explore opportunities for healing. We've been blessed to host the ministry of Acts of Renewal. I can't recommend them highly enough."
Dr. Warren Anderson, Dean of the Chapel, Judson University
"Thank you so much for your willingness to come and share with us! I have taken away so much from this week. The importance of rest stands out to me and of course the chapels on relationships. My favorite was Wednesday night, I was laughing so hard my stomach hurt, but at the same time I learned so much about myself and my boyfriend. I have heard nothing but good things about this week all over campus. Words hardly communicate the positive impact you have had here."
Rachel Bradley, Student, Judson University
MORE COLLEGE CHAPLAIN TESTIMONIALS
"Jim and Carol maintain a high standard of excellence in both content and quality of performance. Students responded enthusiastically in each of their presentations. They were not only supremely engaging on stage, but they attracted individual students to themselves for further conversation wherever they would go on campus, whether that be in the cafeteria or after an evening session. They have a very positive and effective connection with students.
Tracy Baltzer, Director of Christian Formation, John Brown University
"Jim and Carol combine their gifts and understanding of theater, human behavior, and spirituality in applying biblical truth to real life. Their heart for ministry is displayed “on stage” and “off stage” as they prepare and present material that is contextualized to the needs of a specific audience. Acts of Renewal tackles difficult issues and hard questions with wisdom and sensitivity, aiming at a redemptive work that ministers to the heart."
Dr. Stephen B. Kellough, Chaplain, Wheaton College
"Acts of Renewal are fabulous! They have been at King College on many occasions and have hit a home run each time. They are relevant, timely, engaging, generous with their time, and theologically sound. They know all the points of contact with students (faculty, too) and use their considerable dramatic skills to draw their audience into the wonderful healing, transforming, challenging adventure of the gospel. I want every student generation at King to have the chance to interact with Jim Shores and Carol Anderson."
Errol G Rohr, Chaplain, King College
"The students voted Acts of Renewal best chapel of the year."
Terry Michael Newel, Campus Pastor, Campbell University
"Acts of Renewal is an excellent ministry that communicates to the learning styles of today's students. Jim and Carol's Christian witness, quality acting and relevant plays touch the hearts, challenges the minds and involves the senses of the students."
Eldon Fry, Campus Minister, Messiah College
"Thanks for your ministry on campus today. Great themes and some real connection with the things that touch student’s lives. I am sure we will be in touch."
Pastor Jonathan Bratt, Chaplain, Roberts Wesleyan College
"Jim and Carol performed on our campus for a three day gender issues lecture series. "Relevant" does not say enough Students were amazed how Jim and Carol had seemingly gotten into their heads and knew exactly what was going on in their lives. More importantly they were willing to talk to students long after the "performance" was over. They are welcome on our campus anytime."
Gary Sivewright, VP for Campus Ministries/Chaplain, Mount Vernon Nazarene University
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