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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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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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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

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 lives. I would love feedback from other campus ministers — does this fit with your students/churches?

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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

Here are some excerpts from a letter written by Rev. Ron De Young, Campus Pastor at Western Michigan University. Take a look at what Ron has written about university student ministry and jump in with your own thoughts, experience, and ideas!

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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.

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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.

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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?

Campus Ministry isn't a safe place to protect one's faith, but a safe place to grow, be challenged and transformed as vocations are discovered and pursued.

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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.

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