A funny thing happened on the way to campus. Well, it wasn't really all that funny...and it didn't happen on the way to campus, but it did happen on campus. However, subsequently I have occasionally thought about it on the way to campus. I know, I know..
Nonetheless, I have noticed in those reflective moments, that over the years some changes in the way undergraduate Christian campus ministries form themselves and reach out to non-believers. Hopefully, we can learn a thing or two from thinking about those changes.
The changes have been taking place for many years, in some cases over decades of time, so some of the changes are easy to miss if you are relatively new to the Christian scene on campus, or if you haven't been paying some attention to its evolution. You may ask how does that affect me as a Christian professor at a secular university? Let me explain.
First, I want to briefly call your attention to several of these changes that include: 1) a change from the predominance of a "campus ministry" style of ministry, to the predominance of a "youth ministry" style; 2) a change in the way the great things of the gospel are communicated, and 3) a change in the way the truth of the gospel is defended. Then I want to show you why these changes are relevant to you as a Christian professor on campus and the difference it can make on how you conduct yourself. That awareness can help you to form your Christian faculty fellowships/networks in certain ways and thus have a determinative influence for good, especially regarding the rationality of the Christian faith.
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James A. Cook
Editor, Connections Review