ChurchETHOS

University Commission

Posted in uncategorized by Nathan Creitz on June 2, 2005

Why should the church make the university top priority as they engage the culture for Christ?

In no particular order, here are a few reasons why I think the university may be the most important mission field for the church:

– College students are our future leaders in the church. They will be youth pastors, children’s ministers, pastors, missionaries, seminary students and professors. They will also be our future world leaders and will impact governments, businesses, education, and the rest of society.

– Many important decisions are made during the college years. Many students find their life partner in college. They determine their vocation. They develop their worldview, direction and purpose, etc.

– There are around 16 million college students in the United States making college students one of the most largely neglected fields in North America.

– The faith of their parents is rejected, accepted or developed during college. Faith now means what they believe rather than what they have been told.

– The first years of freedom and independence often lead to bad habits but can also lead to some good habits as the student begins to find him or herself.

– Statistically, after the age of eighteen we begin to see diminishing returns on our investment. This doesn’t mean we should give up on college students. Maybe a heightened sense of need for this particular ministry will change the statistics.

– The nations are sending their future heads of state and world leaders to the US for their education. Even closed countries have leaders that graduate from American universities.

Anything I’m missing? I would love to add to this list. Comment below if you think of some other reasons.

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