Note: What follows is specific to Christ Church, but if you attend elsewhere, please feel free to consider how it might apply to you in your ministry context. How can you be a part of something new?
January 2023 Newsletter
Do you read your alumni newsletter as soon as it arrives?
Do open your newspaper, or internet news first thing every morning to check on the scores of your college teams?
Do you have season tickets to the Mount Union football games, or did you sit in the cold to watch the Raiders play their post-season games this winter?
In essence, what I’m asking is, do you care about what’s happening on campus? Whether it’s Mount Union specifically, or Ohio State, Ohio Northern, Wittenberg, or wherever you went to school, my question is the same. Do you have a passion for young people who are on university campuses?
Specifically, I’m asking, do you care about their spiritual well-being?
This week our Staff – Parish Relations Committee was discussing, and nominating persons who we… guess… have a passion for university students. Our goal is to form a small team that will consider how Christ Church might take a more active role in campus ministry. Just because we are a mile away and not right on the edge of campus, like the folks at Union Avenue, doesn’t mean that we don’t have a role to play. But what is that role? What would campus ministry look like for us?
Does that sound like a conversation in which you would like to participate? It doesn’t matter if you are a snowbird, or if you don’t drive at night, what matters is that you have a passion, that you care about the spiritual care of the young people on campus. If that’s you, please let me, or Sara Sherer, know who you are.
Our church budget has a line item for hiring a new staff person that will help us with campus ministry (along with applying for a grant from the East Ohio Conference). But this isn’t something that we can just contract out. We can’t hire someone to do ministry for us, we must be in ministry with them.
But is that the right thing to do?
Is campus ministry a good fit for Christ Church?
Those are exactly the questions that we need to answer. And, if you can help us find those answers, if you have a passion for the University of Mount Union, or if you care about the spiritual well-being of the students on campus, then please raise you hand and let us know so that we can put you on our team.
I am excited for the exciting things that Christ Church is doing. I think that God has new and wonderful things in store for us in the future.
I hope that you will be a part of it.
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