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?