Although students represent the largest population on college campuses, collegiate ministry must aim to reach the entire academic community.
“The academic community includes students, staff, faculty members and their families,” said Chuck Register, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) executive leader for church planting and missions partnerships. “In the academic community there are many people who desperately need Christ.”
Register spoke during a breakout session at the BSC annual meeting about how the new BSC Collegiate Partnerships Team will seek to equip churches to minister on college campuses as part of the Convention’s new five-year strategy to impact lostness through disciple-making.
“The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina was created to assist the local church to do ministry,” he said. “We are moving to a paradigm that will better help us assist the local church to do ministry in the academic community.”
Register praised the efforts of everyone involved in campus ministry under the previous model and thanked them for their faithfulness. He said the new paradigm will allow North Carolina Baptists to increase their presence on more campuses statewide. “With this old paradigm we’ve only been able to impact 32 campuses on a consistent basis,” Register said. “The beauty of this new paradigm is that we now have the potential to impact 202 campuses across the state.”
The Collegiate Partnerships Team, which includes three regional campus ministry consultants and two international ministry consultants, will help churches and associations develop and implement a contextualized, localized ministry model to engage college campuses with the gospel.
“The new paradigm is to assist local churches to reach college campuses in their community,” Register said. “We want to come alongside local churches and associations to help make the greatest impact on campuses statewide.”
Consultants will also facilitate collegiate ministry networks. These networks will include clusters of churches, or clusters of churches and associations, that unite for the purpose of pooling resources and to covenant together to impact local colleges and universities. In addition, consultants will offer coaching, leadership development and resources about various campus ministry models.
“We can talk to churches and associations about developing a holistic campus ministry strategy that might involve multiple models on the same campus and it may be a strategy that involves more than one campus,” Register said.
As with the previous model, the Collegiate Partnerships Team will sponsor collegiate conferences in the spring and fall, and student missions mobilization will remain a priority.
“We believe that the number of students engaged in missions will increase under the new model,” Register said.
Collegiate Partnerships will provide a platform by which the BSC and local churches can partner together to effectively reach every college campus in North Carolina.
“Our goal is to provide effective and contextualized approaches to reaching students, faculty and staff on college and university campuses across the state,” Register said. “This new model gives North Carolina Baptists a tremendous opportunity to reach many people for Christ.”
For more information about the BSC five-year strategy visit www.ncbaptist.org/strategy. To learn more about the new collegiate partnerships model contact Rick Trexler, collegiate partnerships team leader, at (800) 395-5102, ext. 5560, or [email protected].