I spent some time this past weekend with the Lake Merced Church of Christ in San Francisco, and was greatly blessed by the experience. San Francisco is one of the Spivey’s favorite cities, but like all cities (though perhaps even a bit more than most) it really needs transformation. I’m thankful that God has placed a church in that particular location, but I came home particularly thankful for Wes Woodell and his passion for campus ministry.
Having left campus ministry a little over 10 years ago, walking the campus of San Francisco State and thinking about the spiritual potential of those college students was a good reminder to me of how important campus ministry is—and how “under the radar” it continues to be out there. Most people could name dozens of preachers, but not a single campus minister other than their own. Campus ministry may be the least recognized and most under-resourced field of ministry out there.
That’s a shame. It’s true that it can be expensive, that it graduates people every year and that college students can be a bit “collegy” from time to time. However, it’s also true that college students brim with Kingdom potential and add tons of fun and energy wherever they are. We make a huge mistake ignoring faith formation during that pivotal season of life, for many of tomorrow's leaders, innovators, and moms and dads are walking our campuses. Most importantly…God loves them.
If your church is near a college campus (and most are), reach that campus. Love those students. God does.
Then, if you can…do something to reach them.
Question: Why don't churches pay more attention to campus ministry? Is it money, a perceived "lack of return on investment, collegestudentphobia, or something else?