trickier than you might think

Most of us in college ministry recognize the difficulty of ministry to Community Colleges. It’s such an important mission, but it’s tricky.

More surprising (to me, at least) was another tricky situation I explored around the country:

The big city setting without a focus campus.

Seattle, Austin, Columbus, Minneapolis… these are Metro settings that DO have one “primary,” all-eyes-on-us university campus – U-Dub, UT, OSU, and Minnesota, which Twin Cities folks notably call simply, “The U,” even though there are plenty of other “U”s in town.

My point exactly. Even though you might have a million schools around, it helps to have that one BIG one to sort of “centralize” the way ministry happens.

Boston, Atlanta, D.C., Houston, Chicago… these are Metro settings with either no “super-major” campus, or several that could be considered a pretty big deal. In either case, these contexts can have a trickiness that you might not expect, given the size and stature of the cities, and the hundreds of thousands of students who live there.

Dallas is like that, too. Oh, I could tell you about Dallas… TRICKY.

Why do you think it’s tricky? What could be done to help in these kinds of settings?


  1. I serve in NW Austin, so I’m more intrigued by your mention of community colleges.

    But I’ve lived in the DFW area and worked with a college ministry there. It seems that the best solution is to focus on the two or three schools that are closest to you and make them a big deal. Realistically, you can’t have a focus on 5+ campuses without leadership that is dedicated and passionate about each campus. There just isn’t time for that many focuses.

    Here we’re focusing on the two schools closest to us–a private college and a community college campus–easily 10,000 students. There are easily 10+ schools to minister to–120,000 students in the area, but some of them are further away and have dedicated ministries and churches closer to them.

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