Innovative North American churches in proximity to college campuses are beginning to see themselves as a key link in bringing the message of the Gospel to university students. Many are moving beyond seeing ministry with college students as simply an “ought to” because of their proximity to a college or major university campus. They are instead seeing ministry within this demographic to be one of the most strategic investments they can make as they seek to develop leadership for their church and the kingdom. These churches are deploying money, manpower and relationships into reaching, and discipling students and developing leaders. While they often choose multiple partnerships for mission implementation, the church remains the lead partner.
New approaches emerging amongst these churches include large city-wide gatherings of students, church based campus ministries, church plants for and/or by students, and church/parachurch partnerships.
The good news is there are a number of very successful models of university ministry across the country, but there is still a huge need for innovation and learning and a need to get that learning out to others trying to reach and mobilize college students. In order to make that happen, Leadership Network is launching our first ever University Ministry Leadership Community. This group of 9-12 college ministries will meet 3 times in the Leadership Network collaboration studio to connect and challenge one another to take their ministry to the highest possible level of effectiveness. Each church that is invited to participate will find the experience not only helps them, but allows them to be a part of the process of distributing learning to other ministries across the country.