I spent a lonely Tuesday in the batcave reading. Fortunately for the pig, Sien-Ven stopped off to check on him and took some photos for evidence. I’ll get you next week pig . . .
Today’s reading was on university ministry. I read a lot, much of it theological, but I’ve only read one book specifically on university ministry since I returned to it in the Spring of ’08. I’m glad I spent part of the day looking for more, because my efforts were rewarded with thinking on certain assumptions and practices I haven’t evaluated in awhile, especially concerning the purpose and mission of what we do, and the relationship between church and parachurch. Here’s the good stuff:
- Canadian John Stackhouse’s Engaging the University is a great write up of a lecture he gave to university ministers. It appears to be widely referenced. Strongly theological and ideological, this is the place to start.
- Stephen Lutz’ The Need for Missional Campus Ministry makes a good argument for why what we do at the U matters. He’s got some other articles on his resource page that I might peruse later.
- Jesus Creed has some good stuff, starting last year and picking up again this year (seems to be a fall tradition around there). Education, Discipleship and the Future part 1, part 2, and part 3 kicked things off last year, and this year picks up with Missional Campus Ministry part 1 and part 2.
- Benson Hines’ The Surprisingly Unmissional Approach to College Ministry reinforces why we need campus based ministry, and why it’s not the same as getting students to come to a church. I’ve downloaded his lovingly crafted ebook, Reaching the Campus Tribes, and will post some thoughts when I actually get around to reading it.
If there’s something I need to read that’s not on the list, please leave me a comment and let me know.