Posted by: Justin Wallace | April 22, 2010

It’s all greek to me!?!?!?! pt3 :: by Laura Kellow of CSF @ UK

I have a confession: I was never Greek. I never went through recruitment, got a bid, wore letters, went to a date party, or participated in Greek sing. But, about three years ago, God began igniting a passion in my heart for Greeks. So, at the end of my senior year in college, I humbly packed up my minimal amount of knowledge gained as an RA on a floor inhabited mostly by girls in sororities, and embarked on a journey in Greek ministry.

This year has been all about meeting girls in the Greek system and asking them as many questions as I can. As a non-Greek, there have definitely been moments when I’ve been nervous. In a subculture notorious for exclusivity, I was scared to be rejected. But, I soon found that most girls in the Greek system (Christians and non-Christians) were friendly and willing to lend their wisdom. In fact, Christian girls in sororities were excited to find that someone was interested in providing support and encouragement to them, thus opening up more doors into the Greek world.

I’ve met some amazing young women in sororities on our campus who love the Lord, and several more who desire to know more.

That being said, here are some basic items these ladies have taught me this year:

:: Do your research. Know what Greek organizations are present on your campus, and learn their names. Know the names of students you have connections to in each one. Just as you would try to remember where one of your students works, or what their major is, you want to remember what sorority or fraternity a student is in.

:: Make it a point to meet the Panhellenic and IFC Presidents on your campus. (Panhellenic is the governing body for sororities on nearly every college campus. For fraternities, the governing body is called IFC or Interfraternity Council). They make decisions about recruitment week, philanthropy, and pretty much any other major issue in Greek life. Take them out to lunch or out for a cup of coffee. Introduce yourself and ask, “What can we do for you?”

:: To the best of your ability, try not to pull students out of their sorority or fraternity houses. Encourage your Greek students to be missional where they are. A Greek student may not feel comfortable walking in the doors of your weekly worship service, but they’ll probably feel comfortable walking into the dining room or living room of the house next door.

:: Meet the chaplains from each Greek house. Most fraternities and sororities have elected chaplains for their chapters. Not sure how to find out who they are or how to contact them? Find the Greek Affairs office at your school and locate a list of current presidents of Greek organizations. (Usually on the web. If not, call the Greek Affairs office). Contact the presidents of each chapter, introduce yourself, and offer to support their chaplain in any way you can. Most presidents will just forward your e mail or contact info on to the chaplain.

This is a small start; the beginning of an immersion in Greek culture on one campus.

Here are a few questions to consider as you and your team considers how you might engage Greek Life.

What have you learned through your efforts to engage Greek culture?

What kind of steps have you taken to get to know Greeks on your campus?

What intimidates you about Greek ministry?

What has worked on your campus as you’ve reached out to the Greek community? What hasn’t?

Laura Kellow is on staff at Christian Student Fellowship at the University of Kentucky. She works in the areas of Greek Ministry, Retreats, and the Ninja life known as administrative tasks. She has a collection of antique potato mashers and really enjoys cheesy jokes. Here’s her staff video ::

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  1. […] Greeks & college ministry: Laura Kellow with how she learned to reach the fraternity niche. […]


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