Sep 11, 2007

Clayton King speaks at third SEW in a row

by Alyson Bruner, News Reporter

Clayton King – author, speaker and founder of Crossroads Worldwide Ministry – was the guest speaker for Spiritual Emphasis Week (SEW), kicking off the first mega-conference of the year at Liberty. It was King’s third appearance for SEW at Liberty. The conference ran from September 3-5.


Clayton, a renowned speaker, is familiar with Liberty after visiting for various engagements on campus over the past two years.  Each of his visits has characteristically ended with wild applause from an appreciative audience.


Senior Nate Edwards stated, “I love Spiritual Emphasis Week because Clayton challenged me as a believer to look inside my heart and fight the compliances of everyday life and strive toward serving others, loving others and boldly living for Christ.”


The Liberty connection goes even deeper, according to Scott Ray, director of convocation and coordinator of the Office of Spiritual Programs.


“Clayton King was personally invited by Dr. Falwell for a third year of SEW, and this will be his first time speaking at Thomas Road Baptist Church,” said Ray.


For the first time, King introduced his “life partner,” as he describes her, Charie, and their two sons, Jacob, 5, and Joseph, 3, to the Liberty population. He described his family as integral parts of his global ministries.


“Contentment in Christ must come first” was a point in one of King’s strongest messages last week as he spoke on Tuesday night to a packed crowd in the Vines Center.


“If you’re miserable with yourself, then you’ll be doubly miserable with someone else,” King continued.


King’s message on relationships and dating was one of his most popular and well- attended sermons as eager singles and longtime daters came poised to take in some sound advice.


Senior Luke Garvey, who has attended King’s previous messages at Liberty, said, “Clayton King, once again, challenged students to seek God’s will, rather than our own selfish desires, in a humble, laidback and humorous manner.”

One dominant factor about King is that he loves the Lord with all of his heart, and it does not take long for listeners to hear that message. Campus Pastor Johnnie Moore said, “Clayton is one of God’s prophets to our generation and does not give canned sermons but rather teaches straight from the Bible.”


Caroline Norton, a freshman at Liberty, agreed with Moore, describing King as “a man that God made to prophesize to college-age students. He just knows how to fit into our generation and what we are going through.”


“Every time that he’s here speaking, he tries to get himself more involved with as much of the campus body as he can,” Moore said.


“He is a phenomenal communicator, and he has built a long term relationship with Liberty and a feeling of a family reunion. Clayton has done a great job communicating with the campus body.”


King, a native of Fountain, S.C., can interact with the campus body of Liberty so well because, as he said one night last week, “I love this place more and more every time I am here!”

Contact Alyson Bruner at ambruner@liberty.edu


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