So sorry – I thought this had posted yesterday. Enjoy!
If you’re reading this blog, you’re already likely more of a collegiate ministry learner than most college ministers are. Maybe you’re new-ish to the field, or maybe you’ve been doing this for awhile. But I bet you have something to offer to those who are brand new to our field – and all the more so to those who have yet to enter it in a formal way.
This week I have the awesome opportunity to meet with a couple of people who fit in those categories. One is a local seminary student in a Young Adult Ministry class who has an interest in college ministry. Another is a new college minister at a big church (a church that has struggled for decades to figure out just how to “do” campus ministry). I’ll have a blast meeting with them, answering questions, throwing out ideas, and learning about their goals for ministry.
It’s very likely you have similar outlets to impact a new crop of “campus missionaries.” Have you found those outlets? Here are some possibilities:
- Connect with a local seminary or Christian college – whether they teach any form of collegiate ministry or not. Offer to get together with any students who want to learn more about our field. This may be a one-time presentation or ongoing mentorship.
- Meet the newest college ministers to your campus, even if they’re in another organization. Serve them however you can.
- Talk to regional overseers in your organization or denomination about connecting you with college ministers who would be interested in being mentored.
- Connect with the individuals who oversee “College Ministry,” “College & Career,” “Young Adults,” or whatever they call it in your town’s churches (whether you’re a church-based college minister or not). These people may not be “classic” college ministers; they may be Youth Ministers, Education Ministers, volunteers from the congregation, or even interns given this task. They most likely need your wisdom and your encouragement. Church-based college ministry is the most underdeveloped branch of our underdeveloped field.
- Love what you do. Keep learning. Be willing to see yourself as a “Collegiate Minister,” not just a minister-who-happens-to-serve-college-students. We need people in our field who help us develop “from the inside,” and you can do that.