While the rest of the campus flitters in and out of the Recreation Center, working out whenever it best fits in their schedule, Barkley makes time in her busy schedule to work to honor God with her body.
After a meeting with the rest of her community group every Tuesday evening, Barkley spends time on the elliptical to achieve the goals that she has set for herself.
Barkley and numerous other students, faculty and staff all across California Baptist University are participating in “FIT,” an eight-week series through Sandals Church that explores holistic health — mentally, physically and spiritually.
“This new series was a great idea,” said Jared Colvin, senior kinesiology major. “I wanted to participate because I really liked the idea of holistically pulling yourself together for the new year.”
Justin Pardee, Sandals’ college and young adult minister, explains that 1 Corinthians 6:19 is the driving force behind this series.
“Pastor Matt (Brown) challenges us to recognize that our body is God’s temple,” Pardee said. “It is a place that he dwells.”
Coinciding with the opening of the recreation center, many students are choosing to work on their mental and spiritual goals as well as their physical goals as well.
“My goal for the next 50 days is to go to the gym four days a week,” Barkley said.
Not only is Sandals promoting holistic health, the church also works to have 1,000 new attendees who do not normally attend services.
“We really would like to see growth from all directions,” Pardee said.
With the help of community groups all across Riverside, Sandals members are finding the support they need to complete the 50 days of physical, spiritual and mental goals.
“There are always areas to improve on,” Barkley said. “I like the idea of being involved in a community group because I have people there to motivate me, and to help me reach my potential to better serve the Lord.”
The church is also debuting merchandise, videos and other forms of social media to interact with not only college students but also Riverside residents.
“I have a shirt, and it’s a great conversation starter,” Barkley said.
Pardee said, “We want the shirts and merchandise to give people support and exposure.”
The shirts can often be seen worn by students around campus and in the recreation center.
Whether you want to get spiritually, mentally or physically fit, this new series allows students the opportunity to reach their goals.