If there is one thing I have learned while serving on staff at the Baptist Study Ministry at the University of North Texas, it is the essential need for collegiate ministry in the United States.
More than one million students are attending college in Texas. According to a recent poll by Lifeway, 70 percent of freshmen who enter college will stop attending church. This generation is among the most biblically illiterate of all generations; this generation simply does not know the Bible or the truth of the gospel.
Even so, I have seen that when college ministry is done correctly, disciples will be made as proclaimed in the Great Commission. The staff I have had the privilege of serving this past year have shown me how essential discipleship and spiritual leadership are in a college student’s life.
I’ve watched my students grow
My past year has been spent teaching and discipling students how know Christ with the understanding that the more they know him, the more they will make him known. I have learned and watched my students grow to love God’s word simply by being taught how to study it and apply it to their lives. I have watched as students have learned how the Bible is daily fuel for their lives.
I have witnessed how this fuel has led students to boldly proclaim the gospel to their friends, strangers and loved ones, understanding that eternity matters most. I have been used by God and have witnessed the Lord move dramatically on UNT’s campus this year.
However, I recognized none of this would have happened without the many prayers, time and financial sacrifice many have given for the sake of the gospel on college campuses. Please consider giving, serving or praying for a local collegiate ministry.
Invest in ministry to college students
Throughout history, college students have been leading forces for revivals all over the world. College students are changing the world, and what better way for them to change the world than through our Creator’s holy words? They cannot change the world in this way if they do not know it, and they cannot know it if they do not have someone investing in them. How will you invest in college students for the sake of the gospel?
This past year has been a sweet privilege to serve as the campus missionary at UNT. It is hard to believe it is over. I am trusting the Lord will open the next door in his will for my life in ministry.
Lauren McKee, a graduate of the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, served through Go Now Missions as a campus ministry intern with the Baptist Student Ministry at the University of North Texas.