The 2019 summer intensives for our cinema, religion, & worldview graduate program finished Thursday, June 27.  After two busy weeks on campus, students headed home with fresh inspiration for the coming year of studies.

New students attended the famous “Christian Mission” class, and a graduate seminar to prepare for their first year of classes, while students in their second year took the challenging “Foundational Theology” course, along with a hands-on filmmaking seminar.

Both cohorts also enjoyed several film screenings, classes, and conversations with the intensive’s special guest, award-wining film director Jon Gunn.

“I was really thrilled with the intensive,” said Lynelle Ellis, graduate program director, and director of The Center for Media Ministry. “It was…exciting to see how inspired they were by the classes they were taking.”

For Ellis, part of the power of an on-campus intensive is the deep bond that develops between her students. Meeting others with uniquely similar passions and talents, and planning to collaborate in the future is a highlight of the program for many students.

“I saw them drawing together.” Ellis said. “Chattering about how they were always going to work together…It’s hard to put into words, but that special something that happens in this program was happening.”

As the students dive into their studies for the year, Ellis predicts they’ll team up “to do something for God’s kingdom.” And she’s already looking ahead to next year: “It makes me hopeful” she says.