Campus ministry is extremely important for the success of the student ministry. It is an opportunity for you to connect with new students in the school system. It is an opportunity for you to get to know the faculty as well. Ultimately is an opportunity to see the Gospel reach a city through the school system. I am learning about campus ministry and have come along way with a school in our area. I want to share a few ways that you can stay connected this school year with the local public schools
- FCA– Find out when the school’s FCA club meets and be a part of it. Make yourself available to them through this program. Attend as often as possible. Attend even when you are not the speaker. When you arrive, spend some time with the office staff when you check in. Get to know their names, bring them donuts, or some type of gift. Then, when you see the students at FCA, learn their names and get to know them.
- Serve the football team a meal– most football teams have pre game meals. Get your church to serve a meal or two for their football season. Many times, they will come onto your church property to eat. It is an opportunity to meet students and mingle. You also meet the staff and coaches.
- Attend school functions– Do not be a stranger to games. Do not be a stranger to school plays or recitals. Make this a part of your job description, and enter it into your responsibilities. Find out the date of SYATP, and attend it. Get involved with these functions.
- Hold a school night at your youth group– Find a local public school, and hold a night for them at your youth group. Pass out flyers for it, and make them feel welcomed. Every person from that school gets a free gift if they come.
- 5th Quarter– I have never done one of these, but I hear that they are a success. Have pizza, music, and a Gospel presentation. Students dig this stuff. One recommendation, hold this on church grounds if possible. You lose many if you have to give them directions to your church, etc.
- Open Gym Night at your church– Many churches have a gym (we do). So, after youth group, I encourage students to come play ball. We try to get them to our youth group before ball. This has been a huge success for us. We are having about 25 guys from the local public school show up to ball with us. It is a great way to build relationships with new students.