In February 2020, thousands of college students were gathered together in Pittsburgh for our annual Jubilee conference. It was a rich and beautiful weekend during which students were challenged to serve Jesus Christ with their entire lives.
Three weeks later, those same students were on spring break, and they were told to not return to campus due to the threat from the Coronavirus.
So how does ministry on campus continue without the campus?
The how has changed, but the what and why remain the same.
Our staff are figuring out creative ways to continue connecting with students—calling, texting, FaceTiming, hosting Bible studies via Google Hangouts and Zoom video calls, and reaching out in tangible ways to students.
Virtual Bible studies around the country are drawing record numbers of students—students who never accepted invitations to attend in-person Christian gatherings on campus are hungry for connection and thirsty for Truth.
And our training department is resourcing our staff to engage with students to help them create a rule of life during these disorienting times.
How do we do campus ministry without campuses?
The same way we always do: We trust God.
We trust God with our lives and with the life of our world. We seek the health and welfare of our communities, following the practices set up by our churches, health officials, and governmental systems. We put our hope in a Savior who took on our infirmities, made the blind to see, touched the lepers, and conquered sin and death.
And we continue to share this hope with others.
Experts say the toughest days are ahead of us with this virus. With that in mind, I encourage us all to live lives that are so remarkably steadfast in this time of uncertainty that others would not be able to help but wonder at what keeps us steady. Over the coming weeks we'll be sharing more resources, stories, and scriptures we have found to keep us steadfast in this moment.
I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord. / Psalm 27:13-14
Take heart—remain confident in Him. And may the Lord work through us all as we seek to love Him, love college students, and care for our communities.
How can we pray for you?
We recognize that everyone is experiencing the realities of our current moment differently. We want to know how to pray for you specifically. Share your prayer requests with us and we commit to pray for you every week.
The God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
—1 Peter 5:10