Speaking at Asbury Seminary

Dr. Sytsma had the honor of being the invited speaker for the Cessna Lecture* this year at Asbury Seminary. The title of the talk was:

Cultivating Sexual Health and Integrity in Staff and Church

"It's always a bit intimidating speaking to an audience of pastors in training," said Dr. Sytsma. "I don't remember doing particularly well in homoletics class. Yet," he continued, "it is an honor to be asked to present on a subject that is critical to the church, our faith, and the lives and ministry of pastors."

Dr. Sytsma encouraged them to focus on God's vision for sex (four critical examples of this), to honor the boundaries, respect the masculine and feminine, develop intentional accountable relationships, and to remember grace.

Asbury has put the video on Vimeo. You are invited to view it by clicking on the link above.



*The Cessna Lectureship in Pastoral Counseling is a bi-annual lectureship presented in memory of Dr. and Mrs. William Conrad Cessna by their son and grandsons Stephen W. Cessna, Conrad Allen Cessna, and Christopher Lee Cessna.

Dr. Cessna was a professor of pastoral counseling and director of counseling services at Asbury Theological Seminary from 1967 to 1979. After he began a providate psychological practice in Lexington, Dr. Cessna continued in a consultative role with the Seminar. Ms. Opal Cessna served Asbury Seminar in the development department from 1974 to 1979 and from 1986 to 1987. She then worked in development at Houghton College and directed development projects for the Christian Academy in Tokyo, Japan. The Cessna Lectureship is a living memorial to Dr. and Mrs. Cessna and his parents.