Born from a request of the student body, the School of Religion and Philosophy and the Mission Center at Wayland Baptist University in 2008 formed a new student group whose sole mission is mission. Apostolos, meaning "one who is sent out," consists of students whose interest is to transform Wayland into a body of believers who truly work to meet the needs of the community.

     Apostolos was formed under the auspices of one of the five main goals of the Mission Center. According to Dr. Shaw one of the Mission Center directives is to focus on the needs of the community, and to help students meet those needs.  The primary ministry project of Apostolos is a one-on-one mentoring program with students from Plainview High School, Plainview Christian High School, and Hale Center High School.  Working in collaboration with Principal Tye Rogers and Freshmen Counselor Mary Newton, Apostolos members meet twice each week with their "little brothers and little sisters" to encourage, listen, tutor, play games, and hang out. Now in its sixth year, the mentoring program is greatly assisted by Associate Professor of Social Work Dr. Debra Lavender-Bratcher.  Lavender-Bratcher trains all of the Apostolos members in skill development for ministering to youth at risk.


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