Posted by: Justin Wallace | January 20, 2011

Why Campus Ministry? :: Tim Hawkins

This passage from Daniel 1 has always hit me as the cultural significance of collegiate ministry:

3 Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility— 4 young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians.[b] 5 The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service.

The language and literature of the culture.

The University is the gatekeeper of the language and literature of our culture.

And it is not that Daniel and the boys didn’t learn the language and literature of the culture, but they didn’t let it become their own story.

Collegiate ministry is where the struggle for the language and literature is taking place.  Where the identity narrative is written, distributed and lived.

We bring a reminder of the language and literature of the Word made flesh.

*Today’s post, by Tim Hawkins, is part of a blog series titled “Why Campus Ministry?“. Why do we give our lives to this profession, this people group, this thing called Campus Ministry? Why do we do what we do? What drives us? What keeps us going? Why college students? Why the University campus? Here’s the catch…each post must be 200 words or less. If you would like to submit an entry please email it to  justin [at] impactcharlotte [dot] com.

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  1. “The University is the gatekeeper of the language and literature of our culture.”

    I love this statement. It truly is the impetus for our culture.

    After college before my career in ministry, I worked at American Eagle. (hated it) I remember in training they told us that American Eagle’s key demographic is 22 year olds. Why? Because younger kids want to look like college kids and so do older men and women.


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