LFP students had the opportunity to hear Pastor Paul Anderson speak on Friday, October 7th. Pastor Anderson is the lead pastor at Grace Valley Fellowship in Phoenixville, PA. He will be teaching an exciting new semester-long lecture series in the Spring of 2017 on Spiritual Preparation and Formation for Student Leaders (one of the electives offered within the Leadership Fellows Program). This elective will explore definitions, models, and practices of Christian spiritual formation, an experiential knowledge of Christian spiritual formation, and application of spiritual formation to leadership and Character development. The LFP forum was an opportunity for students to meet Pastor Anderson as well as get a preview of his lecture series. He covered many topics during the event, framing his teachings through the lens of Scriptural truths and works of theologians. In particular, Pastor Anderson used the Biblical passage of Matthew 25:14-30 on the Parable of the Talents to provide a context for his discussion. He spoke on the topic of man from a holistic perspective, addressing the uniqueness and intricacy of God’s creation of man in His image. Pastor Anderson discussed the complex nature of the human soul, as well as its relationship to man’s needs, wants, and desires, and the manifestation of these in one’s life. He discussed how one changes, and what it means to develop and grow more like Christ. Student feedback from the event overwhelmingly positive, with many students resonating with Pastor Anderson’s words, learning from his teachings, and showing much excitement and interest in his upcoming series!