Last week I was asked by my friend Justin Wallace, who heads up ImpactUNCC, a campus ministry at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, to contribute an article to his Heart of Campus Ministry blog. The series is called "Long Distance Friends." Here's Justin's intro:
"Sometimes I feel like a like a lion stuck in a cage. I can only see the 4 walls that have captured me. My world view is small and minimized. I wonder if, at times, we approach ministry from this place. We only see ministry from the perspective of our context, our culture, our generation, our 4 walls. So, we spin our wheels, thinking that we’re moving but instead the back axle is sinking deeper and deeper in the mud. I see this as a huge temptation that we as American college ministers face. We become so locked into how ministry is done in the context of America that we become more like America than like the Kingdom of Heaven. What is the remedy? How do we protect ourselves from such a myopic view of ministry? I believe we must surround ourselves with friends, mentors and Christian family from outside the 4 walls of this country. I have asked 4 of my friends that work with College students in other countries, other contexts, to share their views of college ministry and their suggestions for us here in America. I asked them, ”What would you, someone outside the four walls of the US, say to those of us that are working with college students in the US? Suggestion? Warnings? Advice?” Today’s post comes from Robert Millar in Munich, Germany. I hope you enjoy!
Here's the first article in the series: Robert Millar, an Irish missionary who works with (mostly) American college-age people in Munich, Germany: From Robert in Munich
I love this quote from the article: "How do we reach a generation who unconsciously believe in a benevolent deity who rewards good behavior, while rejecting Christianity as an antisocial, intolerant belief system that appears to be attempting to institute a legislative, political theocracy upon the American dream of Happiness, Change and Tolerance?" That, my friends, will preach!
As soon as my article gets published I'll post the link here!