Hello there! On this page you can find more information about the SMD and what we are doing during the semester. Although most of our meetings or talks are in German, we always offer an English translation for you. If you have any questions, just contact us 😉
The SMD of Paderborn is a Christian student group at the University of Paderborn. Right now we are round about 30 students (including some non-students) from different courses of studies. Moreover, we have different religious backgrounds, interests, ideas and favourite dishes.
What unites us, is our faith in Jesus Christ. We believe that God has shown himself through Jesus and that everything that is connected with him is not only good for us, but also good for other people. As Christians we meet us at the university of Paderborn to share our faith and our lifes together.
Our group belongs to the SMD (Student Mission in Germany), a non-denominational network of Christians at school, at university and at work. Besides the SMD of Paderborn, there are more than 70 other SMD groups across Germany (hochschulgruppen.smd.org).
We want to …
- … challenge Christians to experience their faith as something concrete and vivid.
- … create a place, where searching people and non-christians can inform themselves about Christianity and to experience a life as a Christian.
To our understanding, one major point of the Christian faith is communication: God communicates with us and other people through the bible. That is also the reason why we exchange our views in questions of faith and want to talk to other students about what we believe in. In this regard, thinking, believing and experiencing are always connected with each other.
Our goal ist talk in a open manner with everyone who is interested in Christianity. This also means that everyone gets the chance to speak equally. It is important to us that we don’t impose our views upon others or manipulate someone in any way. We are glad about everyone who decides him or herself to become a Chrisitan. Nonetheless, we accept people who have different beliefs. With this is in mind, this is also illustrates what we understand by missionary work.
Programme for the Summer Term 2020
Right know everyone is somehow affected by the corona crisis and our group is no exception to this. On our planning day, we chose the topic “PLANLOS” (having no plan) as our semester topic, before we even knew how the crisis would develop. Besides choosing a topic, we also planned several activities and talks.
However, as things go, God has a different idea. We cannot do all these things like we have originally planned them. For this reason, we are kind of uncertain how the semester is going to be. At this point, we want to emphasize that only we as humans are sometimes the ones that don’t have plan. We are sure that God has a plan for each and every one of us and there is no doubt that we can fully trust him.
Having the current situation in mind, we do not have any fixed dates for the upcoming summer term 2020. As soon as, the whole situation gets more relaxed, we will announce activities on our website, social media platforms and our weekly mail. Moreover, we want to focus more on our home groups. If you want to be part of a home group, just contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jonas and Elli (leader of the SMD Paderborn)