ASU's Church of Christ Student Center up for Sale

September 3, 2006 -- 8:50 PM CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- The Church of Christ Student Center has been a part of Arkansas State University's campus for about 40 years, and now the building is being sold.

The organization is changing it's name and focus.  There are plans to build a new building soon, but until that time comes, students are now meeting at Southwest Church of Christ for Sunday services.

"When we decided to revamp the ministry and go to University LIFE, which stands for Life Intersecting Faith Everyday...we thought that we could immediately build a new building, but we needed to build a ministry first," said Minister Brad Shumpert.

Shumpert said that he's stepped outside the box when ministering to the students, and he hasn't had any complaints.

"All we're trying to do is bring more people to Jesus," said Casey Hammond, junior at ASU.  "We're trying to do that in a way that's nonjudgmental...in a way that students won't feel like we're pressuring them to do something they don't want.  We just want them to come hang out, and feel like they're welcomed in anything that we do."

David Edwards is an ASU alumnus, and said that he had some fun times in the student center.

"It's kind of sad to see that it's going to be sold...hanging out there, we'd go in between classes and watch TV, play air hockey, pool and have events during the week," he said.  "It's also exciting because we've got the new University LIFE group starting up, and we're trying to expand that and bring in new people...so I know it's going to be a good thing."

Shumpert said that the organization's mission is to help people who are on a spiritual journey, and he hopes to accomplish that unconventionally.