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Do You Hear What I Hear?

Look at the challenges these chaplains and ministries face, the questions they are asking, and the opportunities they pursue. Do you see the similarities to what your local congregation is trying to do?

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A Few Myths About Campus Ministry

In working with congregations in the area of campus ministry, I've encountered a few myths along the way. Here are 3 of the myths along with some suggestions for changing them into helpful stories. 

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New Wine in Old Backpacks

A friend and colleague recently noticed that the faith and campus life resources I shared were all written by men. Thankful for her observation, I want to share some great resources written by women.

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Sending and Receiving in Campus Ministry

As we send off our students, it's a great time to talk about what makes a good church and about the importance of being part of a worshipping community, even if it will be temporary.

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Books for a Campus Backpack?

One thing these books have in common is that they're being read by students. Have you read any of them? If so, what would you recommend? Are there any I missed?  

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Campus Ministry – Connecting Town and Gown

It is easy for a local congregations and classes to see campus ministry as a stand-alone ministry. As such, it is often viewed not as a partner, but a project. How can we change this perception?

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Young Adults - Think Joining Instead of Keeping

It is hard not to be involved in a conversation these days about young adults or campus ministry without hearing the question “how do we keep our young adults in the church?”

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Does Academia Act as an Incubator for Faith Struggles?

People sometimes talk about how universities are hostile places for Christians and how they lead people away from faith. Yet, I think this idea of universities being anti-Christian is too simplistic...

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Graduate Students at Risk

A recent article notes that depression is common on university campuses. The sub-title is that graduate students are more at risk.

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Science and Faith on Campus and in the Church

Hi all, Here's a presentation I gave a couple of weeks ago at River Terrace Church on the way in which science and faith can interact with one another and how this should affect our life. http://vimeo.com/38270549 I would love feedback from other campus ministers - does this fit with your students/churches? Does this kind of presentation help fill a gap between the academic work of places like the Faraday Institute and the average individual in a church?
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What is the role and function of the campus ministry board?

Our board is researching its role in the ministry, and we're wondering: what does your board "look like"? What is its structure? How does it function? What roles does it assume? How does your board handle fundraising? Whatever information you'd like to share, we're listening!
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Understanding and working with today's students

"You were never their age!" This advice was given to me when I first started in university ministry. It was a reminder that the students I was working with came from a whole different set of experiences than mine, and were faced with a very different world. I couldn't assume to understand them or their environment based on my own experience in college. Here are some excerpts from a letter written by Rev. Ron De Young, Campus Pastor at Western Michigan University. In a recent conversation with Ron, I could sense his enthusiasm as he described his journey in getting to know and appreciate this...
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Do you have suggestions for getting campus ministry on the campus when space and rules get in the way?

One of the things that has surprised me these last couple of months is the wide variety of space limitations that we face as campus ministries. For instance, here at MSU, in order to host any event on campus, we first needed to gain recognition as a Registered Student Organization (a process which involved writing a constitution that matched MSU's requirements, setting up financial accounts at the university, and more than a few headaches). Now, as an RSO, every event we host on campus is scheduled through the Department of Student Life. My office is off-campus, at River Terrace Church across...
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Go with God - Being a Christian student

Stanley Hauerwas has written an excellent article on being a Christian student at university. His article, "Go with God" is available here and is an excellent read for any current university student, or for seniors in high school getting ready for higher education. It is also an excellent resource for parents, churches or school who are seeking to support and encourage students. If you want to put all you can into your college education, get everything you can out of it all the while nurturing and deepening your faith, then this is an essential article to read. Hauerwas paints a broad picture...
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The freedom to not know

At a recent Bible Study, we were discussing what it means that Christ 'set me free from the tyranny of the devil' (Heidelberg Catechism Q/A #1). The discussion turned to the relentless pursuit of knowledge that many students face. For those who profess a naturalistic worldview, we can never stop learning because we can never fully explain the world. No individual scholar can exhaust his/her discipline. The pursuit of knowledge can become a tyranny. In Christ, however, we find the freedom of mystery, the freedom to not know. We worship and serve a God who is Incomprehensible and Indescribable...
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Campuses Take the Lead - Interesting observations on the role of campuses

Here’s an excerpt from an article by Eboo Patel, published in the September-October 2010 issues of Sojourners magazine. Patel, a Muslim, is founder of the Interfaith Youth Core and author of Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation . “...There’s never a shortage of requests for the White House to support a cause—so people naturally have asked the question: why interfaith and why college campuses? ...First and foremost, college campuses train the next generation of leaders; students who know how to build bridges between faith communities on...
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What does a newcomer need to get started with campus ministry?

As a newcomer to the world of campus ministry, both personally and as an organization, the sheer scope of campus ministry can be overwhelming. Our ministry, Campus Edge Fellowship, works with graduate students and faculty of Michigan State University. Where does one begin? The University is home to some 10,000+ graduate students, many of whom are convinced that there is nothing more important than studying for their comprehensive exams. When you add the faculty component, all of whom are busy with research, books, and their personal lives at home, the task of reaching out seems a daunting one...
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What is Campus Ministry?

Did you know that the Christian Reformed Church has been active in campus ministry since the 1930's? What started then at the University of Michigan has grown and now includes over 30 campuses across North America. Summed up by the phrase "Whole Gospel, Whole Campus, Whole Life", campus ministry seeks to develop and sustain transformational communities of students, staff and faculty at colleges and universities. Dr. Michael Fallon, Campus Minister at McMaster University describes it this way: "At the heart of Christian Reformed Campus Ministry is the conviction that Christ is in the process...
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Help! I'm going to college...

Are you heading off to college this year? Or perhaps you have a daughter or son who is leaving home for university. Here in this forum, we can help! You can post your questions here and we'll do our best as a network community to help you on your journey. To get things started, check out the 'What is Campus Ministry?' post in this forum. From there you might like to read Shiao Chong's blog article The Calling of a Christian Student . Chong is the Campus Minister at York University in Toronto and his blog, 3-D Christianity, has lots to offer. In the weeks to come we'll be posting links to...
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The Gap: Young Adult Leadership

Hello, One prevalent problem in our churches is disappearance of people from age 18 to 30. Even the most active youth group kids seem to go away to college and virtually disappear off of the congregations radar. There are many possible reasons why this, but chief among them has to be that when they return, their home church no longer feels like home. When you are an authentic member of a household, there are certain things that are thrust upon you that aren't given to guests. For instance, there is a real space for you where you belong, you are not merely crashing on the couch or sleeping on...
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