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:: Wednesday, April 09, 2003 ::

From a paper I wrote in the 3rd week of March:

Campus ministry is in a dilemma – but it is nearly invisible to the practitioners or the participants. This is because the problem manifests itself clearly only after students have graduated and moved on. Students, upon graduation, often have great difficulty finding new churches in their new communities. This is necessarily a complex issue, but I will try to address certain factors involved in this difficulty and how we who engage in ministry to students can change our perspectives and behavior to meet this challenge.

Reasons for difficulty
1. Youth leaders and local pastors encourage incoming students to church-shop until they find something they like.
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2. Campus ministries do not train students to face graduation effectively
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3. Community that exists in campus ministries is not as available outside of the student environment.
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4. Massive culture shift between the average local church and the faith experience of the students.
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5. Resistance of local church leadership to recent graduates’ participation in leadership positions.
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