Christians young and old are confronted with temptations to deny Christ. Nowhere is this more prominent than on the college campus. Nearly 60 percent of all Christian college students will stop going to church during college and 40 percent will never return.
Christ and His Church care about 100 percent of all college students. Thus, campus ministries engage in evangelism; not merely reaching unbelievers and skeptics with the truth of the Gospel, but bringing comfort, hope and courage to catechized and confirmed Lutherans.
Through the Gospel, campus ministries, pastors and congregations strengthen weak knees, enlighten timid minds and bestow peace and joy in the forgiveness of sins — something all people, not just students, need!
The harvest is plentiful on America’s campuses. Our students are there. They need Jesus. It requires every tool available — apologetics, rhetoric, catechesis, preaching, the Sacraments — in the work of destroying arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God and taking every thought captive to obey Christ (2 Cor. 10:5).
But it is thoroughly rewarding and a blessed work for the good of our student neighbors, training them up in the wisdom of Christ for future vocations and life together in His Church.
To find out more about Indiana District campus ministries, go to in.lcms.org/resources/outreach/campus-ministry. If you’re interested in starting a campus ministry at your church, go to blogs.lcms.org/2016/tips-for-starting-a-campus-ministry.
By Rev. Seth Mierow, St. Peters, Indianapolis
First published in the February 2017 edition of the Lutheran Witness