It’s surprising (to the rest of us) that an enormous number of campuses up and down the Left Coast operate on the Quarter System. That means college ministers are dealing with a quite different school calendar, have only eleven or twelve weeks in each period, and even need to shift their summer plans by a month.
It’s surprising (to the rest of us) how many college ministers in the South don’t personally raise their own financial support.
Bonus: It’s surprising (to the rest of us) that many church-based college ministries must have collegiate Sunday school (either because of their overseers or even because their students demand it).
It’s surprising (to the rest of us) that so many amazing, college-student-filled metropolitan areas with dozens of campuses can still be such difficult ground for college ministry work (especially when they have no “focus campus”).
It’s surprising (to the rest of us) that plenty of places across the North are perfectly comfortable with or receptive to Christian faith and college ministry work. There are good reasons that the very multi-campus Grand Rapids has been called the “suspenders of the Bible belt,” that the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities made the cover of Christianity Today recently, and that Moscow, Idaho (home of University of Idaho) reflects a very Reformed influence.
What are the unique college ministry aspects of your region? (I promise, there are some.)
What college ministry aspects of other regions have surprised you?
What don’t you know about other regions’ and other circles’ college ministry norms? (That’s the question we can never answer – but it’s a great humility-catalyst!)