Did you know that the Christian Reformed Church has been active in campus ministry since the 1930s? 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 of reconciling 'all things' to himself and that we are called to join him as co-workers in regaining his Kingdom. As such, we affirm an everyday, concrete spirituality that sees every person on campus as a potential agent of re-creation and every sin-tainted philosophy - every thought and academic discipline - as instituted in God and worthy of transformation."
What this looks like, and how it is implemented, varies from campus to campus. One thing is for sure, it always involves food, fellowship, thoughtful discussion and meaningful activities and outreach. Leadership development is a key focus with a view not only to impacting the campus, but providing leaders for the wider community and Church.
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. It is a place you can invite others to join you in being a follower of Jesus Christ and to experience the challenges and joys of working alongside God in this world.