Doing College Ministry as a Student Minister

As a Student Minister I go back and forth on my responsibility with college ministry. Technically it’s not part of my job description. However, some years I have taken a very aggressive role in which I have been very active in leading a group and in some years I have taken no role at all.

We usually start hanging out around the food to start our time.
We usually start hanging out around the food to start our time.

Well, this past year our student ministry program noticed we had a larger majority of students graduate high school and stay local to either work or attend community college. Considering our Young Adults ministry at New Life is filled with a bunch of older young adults, our High School Director and I decided to start a college aged group. Our hope was two-fold:

  1. We wanted to help the students and their friends stay connected to the Church so they wouldn’t fall through the cracks and leave the Church.
  2. We also felt that it was a good way to develop new leaders.

We started in September and so far this fall has gone over great! We meet every other Wednesday and have dinner, socialize and look at the bible. We keep it simple, but it has been a really great way for our students to stay connected. We’ve been very pleased with the turnout of between 8-12 each time we meet.

Is college ministry part of your student ministry job description? If so, what do you do? If not, do you assist at all in the ministry? How so?

Tom Pounder

A father of 4, Tom is the Online Campus Pastor as well as Social Media Director at New Life Christian Church in Chantilly, VA. He blogs, vlogs, periscopes and podcasts regularly about student and online ministry stuff. Check out his work at and on iTunes (search YMSidekick).

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