David Busic, a general superintendent for the Church of the Nazarene was a guest speaker at chapel on Feb. 14. His sermon encouraged students to lead their lives with peace and grace. General superintendents are the highest elected officials in the Nazarene church.
“We are honored and excited to have him…despite his incredibly busy schedule,” said Tim Whetstone, university chaplain, via email.
According to Whetstone, Busic was scheduled to speak in chapel last year, but was prevented due to bad weather, coming from Oklahoma. As well as being the chapel speaker, Busic visited the School of Theology and Philosophy and was a guest at a student luncheon.
“He has [since we were in seminary together] been a very successful pastor, then served briefly as the president of the Nazarene Theological Seminary before being elected into his current position last summer,” said Mark Mann, theology professor.
In chapel, Busic highlighted the importance of showing grace and peace to others in daily encounters. He questioned what it means to be able to say “May God treat you better than you deserve” and encouraged the students to also treat people with this sense of love.
Busic immensely values the role of college students in the church’s outreach and thinks it is important to visit the universities of the denomination in order to invest time and energy in young leaders.
“The beauty of Nazarene higher education is that it’s the primary discipleship for training young leaders and preparing them for service to the world,” said Busic. “The passion and commitment of young adults is the hope of the church.”
Busic’s desire to invest in young adults comes from his belief in their power to powerfully influence the world.
“There is a historical trend of college-aged youth leading church movements. After all, Jesus’ disciples were most likely around that age,” said Busic.
Busic desires this training of college students for all the universities in the denomination, which he sees as largely similar. One difference he sees between PLNU and other universities is the level of multi-cultural diversity on this campus.
He has become a man that touches people’s lives and love to hear him preach.
“He is a wonderful man of God, whom I have been fortunate enough to know for many years,” said Mann.