Mikey Lynch has written this response to my article about increasing our participation in the campus. I’ve already fleshed out a few things in these four posts, and there are a bunch of other previous posts on the topic. I reckon Mikey and I are treading the same ground, namely […]
In campus ministry we use a variety of educational mediums. Our group Bible studies involve discussion and discovery, and our training sessions involve lots of one-to-one meetings and workshopping. Why then, when it comes to our ‘mission’ events, do we continue to emphasise teaching from the front? Do we believe […]
What I’ve been referring to as ‘participation’ is sometimes included under the banner of apologetics, and since I first ran an apologetics group as an undergraduate student, I’ve seen periodic attempts to make apologetics into something more encompassing. Sometimes we seem to use apologetics as a sort of catch-all category […]
In the last post, I was asking in part how ‘participation‘ is evangelistic. But after a friend gave me another angle, I now want to ask how participation is spiritually formative. In university ministry I guess we’re all agreed on the need to equip Christian students. Here’s a key phrase […]
I recently wrote something for Ethos about university ministry. Part of what was driving the article was my interest in improving our evangelism. ‘Participation’ isn’t just a good witness in its own right, it also promotes evangelism. The four articles by Tim Keller and Michael Keller (starting here) were dealing […]
Last week I said that ‘witness’ is part of why we engage the university. Let’s delve a little further into what that might mean. First, witness is about more than speaking. As participants in the university, we place a special emphasis on listening in an active, ongoing way.
Engaging the university (see all posts) refers to moving campus ministries beyond the pietistic, evangelistic, and apologetic realms into new territory: participation and dialogue. I have not yet asked in detail why we might want more of this, or what motivations we might have for trying to move in that […]