NKU students gather for Northstar worship concert
February 24, 2023
During the afternoons of February 22 and 23, Northstar Ministries held mini concerts on the steps of the Oakley and Eva G. Farris Amphitheater to spread the word of the Gospel to Northern Kentucky University students.
This comes after last week’s revival movement inspired by Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky before it came to an end after almost 400 hours, according to WKYT.
The campus concerts featured worship music, prayers, friendly conversation and meeting new people.
Freshman Paige Robinson, a member of campus ministry College Life, felt happy about seeing worship music on campus, saying, “The revival last week started this and I think it’s going to happen a lot more. It’s important to be able to worship freely and people can feel more open because of that. We want people to know who Jesus is. Relationship over religion.”
Robinson also mentioned, “everyone was brought here for a reason. I know it is my calling to be here and help people see religion in a better light.”
A band member who is part of Northstar Ministries said in between songs, “We’re here to worship Jesus. God is good and made all of us in his own image. God and his love for us made a way for us to be safe. Jesus died in our place so we could have life. We can be saved and restored.”
Amanda Brandner, a current member of Northstar Ministries, started with the organization as a student while studying education and history. She knew that it was her purpose to walk with people while introducing them to the word of Jesus.
“Building community and teaching that Jesus loves all is what we’re about,” Brandner said.
Northstar Ministries, according to their website, is a “Christ-centered, church-based campus ministry committed to teaching people how to live for Jesus.”
They host weekly events, such as Life Group on Wednesdays and Sunday morning service at Lifegate Church in Newport.
“We welcome anyone who wants to attend Northstar events,” Brandner added.
Students hoped this wasn’t the last of the worship events, adding that they felt the concerts were welcoming and brought positivity to the campus. Learning more about religion, Bible studies and meeting like-minded students from other religious organizations were also mentioned.
Robinson wants to pursue ministry in the future to help others follow the teachings of Jesus.
“These events are great ways to learn more about your religion and get connected with it, or even with one you don’t know yet. We’re all part of something bigger and everybody belongs somewhere. Test it out and see where you’ll grow,” Robinson said.