I got to sit down yesterday with some guys from GoCorps, an organization that partners with various Missions Agencies to send recent grads into international service. The twist? They’re sending them to use their majors overseas in distinctly Christian service (like a very Christian PeaceCorps).
Anyway, our fun lunch consistently brought up two areas we (who are involved in collegiate ministry) continue to be generally failing.
1. Transitions Out. By and large, we aren’t discipling students for life after graduation any better than youth ministers are preparing their students for collegiate life.
2. Understanding their major Christianly. Discipleship about “vocation” is missing in most of what we do. But it’s entirely relevant not only once they jump into career, but also while they’re learning.
Of course, I’m speaking broadly here. There are some who are great at this – most notably for #2, the CCO – but these are very big gaps in our field as a whole.
And yet I’d say each of these should be part of assessing just how strong any particular college ministry is:
- How well are your students doing two years out of school? (This reflects how well they’ve been prepared to find Christian community, seek God on their own, date well, manage their finances well, etc..)
- Do your students see and perform their vocation Christianly? Are they making a difference in whatever their chosen field and “day job” is?