Among the branches of college ministry, only theinstitutional college minister is likely to have some form of “campus chaplaincy” as part of their official job description.
But numerous college ministers have found opportunities to serve – unofficially, at least – as “pastors to the campus community.”
If a tragedy took place on campus this fall, would you be on the list of people the administration would call? Why or why not? Are you even likely to hear about it if one of the students in your ministry suffers the loss of a family member or experiences any other serious issue? I hope the answer is yes to both those questions, but I imagine that some of us haven’t developed that relationship with our own students, let alone the campus higher-ups.
So could your “chaplaincy” opportunities be developed this fall?