Our Mission: To serve and strengthen existing college ministries and those that lead them.
Our Vision: To start hundreds of new college ministries in locations where they’re desperately needed.
If you’re anything like most college ministry leaders, you’ve probably already noticed the lack of resources, trainings, and networks available to you. As a result of this frustrating deficiency, most try to reach and disciple college students without collaborating or gleaning from perspectives outside of their own. College ministry in our country is suffering as a result. Leaders always lead better when they can rub shoulders and ‘talk shop’ with others in their same area of focus. CollegeMinistry.com is first and foremost about bringing leaders together and giving them simple tools to be more affective ministers of the Gospel. Simply put, we exist to serve you as a leader with the end goal of you engaging college students more effectively.
Our official contributors simply desire to pass on the lessons they’ve learned, and are learning, to anyone smart enough to listen. They aren’t armchair quarterbacks who study the next generation from afar and theorize ways to reach them. Each contributor has spent years learning (many times the hard way) how to build effective healthy college ministries in a wide variety of contexts. Whether you find yourself leading college students in a local church setting or are deeply entrenched in a major university, CollegeMinistry.com is now your place to get fresh perspective and the tools you need.
The fate of millions of Millennials is hanging in the balance. The time is now for us to come together and offer what we’ve learned to each other. An entire section of the site is set aside for you to collaborate with others. First, you can submit content that’s been useful for you to other CollegeMinistry.com subscribers. In addition, our Collaborators Forum provides an online community designed to connect you with others who asking similar questions and hitting common roadblocks. Others will be able to view discussion threads created by groups of people that are tackling problems together. Problems like how to integrate our college ministry into the larger church it’s a part of, or how to sort through the challenges of creating an effective college ministry with very little money and time to offer.
The vision of CollegeMinistry.com is to make certain that no one seeking to reach and disciple college students does so in isolation. The vision is to provide an online and offline network that learns and grows together. The vision is to encourage college ministry leaders to share their learnings with each other. The vision is to work in collaboration to see Millennials across our country engaged and transformed by the Gospel.
Here are the nuts and bolts of it for those of you who, like me, love bullet points:
- Collaboration—Gone are the days of only thinking about your specific ministry. It’s time for every college ministry leader to spend part of their time helping someone else get started or become more effective. Maybe a campus minister in New Jersey has the perfect small group study or series graphic for a college pastor in Denver. CollegeMinisty.com provides the context for us to hear each others’ needs and respond.
- Connection—If all we do is labor together, we’ve missed it. College ministry leaders need each other on a personal level. Why? Because who better to encourage a college ministry leader than someone who knows what it’s like to be a college ministry leader? CollegeMinistry.com is as committed to forming ‘offline’ community and connection as it is to the web platform it provides. This is why we make it easy for college pastors in the same area to find each other and also plan a free annual training event for subscribing members.
- Co-Creating—If subscribers agree that a certain resources needs to be created, the entire community works together to create it. Many hands make the work light. For example, think of the immense value of each subscriber submitting what they’ve taught students over the years regarding apologetics. If a new resource is needed on apologetics, our content can be pooled together, organized, and then rereleased together in a useable format. Resources aside, CollegeMinistry.com is committed to creating new college ministries where they don’t currently exist. Subscribers and official contributors will work together to identify potential locations desperately needing a college ministry.