Ministering in the Secular University #4
Ministering in the Secular University, by Dr. Rae Mellichamp, challenges us to think how we can effectively use the gifts God has given us to minister to others around us on campus.
As I have spent time with faculty across the country, I have discovered that many have a real desire to make a difference for the cause of Christ. The desire is there, but the task looms as an overwhelming one. Many see that there is such a great need; but where would one start?
Let me suggest that you start where you are most motivated. In talking with faculty, I find that some have a real burden for the seemingly purposeless nature of today's college students. Others are deeply concerned about their colleagues in their own departments. Still others are challenged by how the Christian world-view should be having a greater impact on their discipline.
Do any of these concerns mirror yours? Do you have a different burden that is just as challenging? Whatever your burden, why not start there? The ministry of Christian Leadership has some wonderful tools to help you be effective in turning that vision into practical reality. Check out some of the great resources at our Web site: http://www.clm.org/menus/deptmint.html.
If you don't have a burden for ministering to those around you on campus, how do you develop one? Godly vision comes primarily from a close relationship with God. As we cultivate that relationship, He gives us vision to trust Him for the spiritual harvest, as well as our specific direction for helping sow and reap in His harvest.
Scripture: Colossians 1:9,10 - "For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God."
Action Point: How can we help you turn your vision into reality?
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