Higher Education and Campus Ministry are key, related concerns of the Eastern PA Conference and its entire denomination. Higher education–at the undergraduate, graduate and seminary levels–has been part of the bedrock of United Methodism from its inception.
We affiliate with campus ministries at four institutions in our region: UM-related Lebanon Valley and Albright colleges, plus Drexel and Millersville universities. And we are exploring relationships with other schools as well. Indeed, Campus Ministry is as much about relationships as religion.
College students and churches benefit mutually from facilitated encounters as they learn, share and grow in Christ and in community. Worship, Bible study, dialogues, outreach ministries, mission trips, tuition aid, invitations to church and campus events–the possibilities for fellowship and faith sharing are endless. Campus Ministry can change lives, change churches and ultimately, change the world.
Make sure your church celebrates Campus Ministry Sunday on August 23 (or on a more convenient date). Invite and welcome college students to your church. Hear their voices, share their struggles, their hopes and dreams for the future. And then invite them back.
Receive the special Campus Ministry Sunday Offering that will help us renew efforts to promote and support campus ministries conference-wide. Retain half of the offering to support your own local campus ministry efforts, and please let us know what you are doing. Remit the rest, or the entire offering, to the EPA Conference Treasurer (P.O. Box 820, Valley Forge, PA 19482-0820).
“I encourage you to give generously to support campus ministries in our region,” says Bishop Peggy Johnson, whose own life was changed as a student at Lebanon Valley College. “Be in touch with them, and find ways to network together in mission and ministry. Campus ministries and local churches need each other. Our future depends on it.”
Download the 2015 Campus Ministry Sunday flyer to share with your church!