One reason it’s particularly great to be a college minister at THIS moment is that there really does seem to be a growing national concern for reaching college students. Though we have a long way to go, it’s awesome to be on the front end of what looks like a burgeoning field of ministry – and greater attention is being paid to Young Adult Ministry, as well.
So, one transformational part of realizing that it’s great to be a college minister is that it could lead some of us to take part in this exciting growth. Three ways to do that are:
- Work to develop the field. While our first priority should always be the students under our care, some of us will be called to help develop college ministry as a whole. We need people to invest in recruiting others to college ministry, in networking ministers together, in helping share valuable models and methods, in writing blogs or books, in advocating for college ministry among pastors and other Christian opinion leaders, and so on. In other words, we need people excited enough about our vocation (calling) to help drive it forward.
- Consider being a lifer. Just as with #1, not all will have this calling. But some of us should consider that God might call us – now or eventually – to a lifetime in this wonderful vocation. Our field needs more lifelong college ministers; simply sitting down with a few will reveal to you the subtle wisdom they have for our work. I’ve now had chances to sit down with more than a few of these amazing guys and gals, and I can say… we need even more!
- Share your stories. While the first two suggestions won’t apply to everyone, I’m pretty sure this should be the habit of every college minister. It may be great to be a college minister – but not everybody knows that. Not everybody knows what you do or how you do it… so not only does the future of our field depend on people sharing those missionary stories, but the future of your job may depend on you effectively sharing the testimonies of what God is accomplishing among college students where you are. (More on this point here.)