Posted by: Justin Wallace | January 31, 2011

Why Campus Ministry? :: Jeff VanderLaan

The University at Albany’s slogan is “The World Within Reach”.  They are right.  American colleges and universities have attracted 690,923 international students for the 2009-2010 academic year, a record number.

“The State Department, through partnerships with U.S. colleges and universities, has made it a priority to reach out to talented international students, particularly students from disadvantaged backgrounds. A global education prepares them to become leaders in their own countries and societies,” said Ann Stock, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The government recognizes the power of the American university and the world changing potential of its students.

Will the Church recognize this opportunity to influence the world?

Will the Church invest in the future leaders of countries and societies?

“The United States continues to host more international students than any other country in the world,”said Allan Goodman, President and CEO of the Institute of International Education. “Active engagement between U.S. and international students in American classrooms provides students with valuable skills that will enable them to collaborate across cultures and borders to address shared global challenges in the years ahead.”

Active engagement with God provides even more valuable skills that will enable them to collaborate across cultures and borders to address shared global challenges in the years ahead.

Will the church be on campus to engage them?

Through Campus Ministry, I will be.

*Today’s post, by Jeff VanderLaan, Director of Staff Development with Impact Campus Ministries, 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.

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