College campuses are an often-neglected mission field. To be fair, it is a challenging mission field and many churches are unsure how to effectively minister in that context. However, it is worth the effort. Here are four reasons churches should strive to do more on college campuses.
1- College campuses are a great place to reach the nations.
According to US News and World Report the number of international students on college campuses in the US has grown 72% since the year 2000. Some estimate that there are over one million international students on our campuses.
We no longer have to send missionaries overseas to reach the nations; we can now go to our local college campuses and do the very same thing for a much smaller financial investment. For those who are passionate about reaching the nations, college campuses are a great place to focus their efforts.
2- Students are the next generation of church leaders.
If we fail to reach college age students, we are failing to reach and disciple the next generation of church leaders. Ignoring this age bracket jeopardizes the future health of our churches.
3- Christian students need to be mobilized to reach their peers.
There are Christian students on college campuses, and many times they feel as though they are all alone. Working with Christian campus ministries creates a network of believers who can then be equipped to reach their peers for Christ.
4- Students of other faiths are often searching for answers to life’s big questions.
The influx of international students to our college campuses creates a unique opportunity. The college-age years in a person’s life are where searching takes places. Many of the international students are adherents to other faiths. They, too, are searching for answers and Christians need to be ready to provide those answers.
I realize college campuses are a difficult place to minister. I realize there are challenges that will have to be strategically overcome. However, we must understand that the mission field has come to us on our college campuses, and we would be unwise to simply ignore this opportunity because it is difficult.
Churches must do more on our college campuses.
What are some ideas you have about how churches can reach out on our college campuses? Please comment below.