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Intentionally Engaging the Community

CAMPUS BRIDGE


GRACE LUTHERAN’S RELATIONSHIP
WITH
SOUTHERN OREGON UNIVERSITY
 
This document is a brief outline and general overview of Grace Lutheran’s current attempt to intentionally engage the campus community at Southern Oregon University (SOU) located in Ashland, Oregon. The university is literally across the street (five steps) from our sacramental faith community and church facility. Up until eight years ago, there had not been an intentional effort at specific “bridge building” to (and with) the university community. We decided to simply walk across the street and begin building a campus ministry bridge.
 
Grace Lutheran is committed to providing a safe place for students to explore their life of faith, experience others who know the love of God in Christ Jesus, and deepen their own faith. We seek to extend the unconditional love of God so that students can learn and experience who Jesus truly is. We are committed to a Word and Sacrament, Lutheran expression of the Christian faith. From day one, we made sure that our “campus” ministry was an integral work of our “congregation’s” ministry. We want students to feel a part of the broader church community. Part of the strength of our campus ministry is that we do not separate the campus connection from the other parts of our congregation. 
 
We started with the understanding that God had called us to do this work. We prayed about this “bridge building” and looked to our gracious Lord to guide these efforts. We were not afraid of failure or risk. We knew our “bridging” effort would require the establishing of relationships and an intentional engagement with the university.
 
Some of our efforts have proven beneficial, others not so much. Our efforts are specific for our setting. We make no assumptions that what we have done (and are doing) on the SOU campus will work in any other setting. We enjoy what we do and delight in our university community. We thank God for the opportunity.
 
We understand that our effort is a fledgling effort and requires great flexibility from year to year. That is the nature of campus ministry. We continue to make discoveries regarding what can be consistent from year to year.
 
Rev. Timothy C. Cartwright
y community. We thank God for the opportunity.
 
We understand that our effort is a fledgling effort and requires great flexibility from year to year. That is the nature of campus ministry. We continue to make discoveries regarding what can be consistent from year to year.
 
Rev. Timothy C. Cartwright
effort is a fledgling effort and requires great flexibility from year to year. That is the nature of campus
We understand that our effort is a fledgling effort and requires great flexibility from year to year. That is the nature of campus ministry. We continue to make discoveries regarding what can be consistent from year to year.
 
Rev. Timothy C. Cartwright

OUR BRIDGE FROM CHURCH TO CAMPUS
 
 
(Grace Lutheran Church)
GLC
GRACE
CAMPUS
CONNECT
INTENTIONAL
RELATIONAL & APOLOGETIC
IDENTIFY
INVEST
SPEAK
RISK
LSA
(Lutheran Student Association)
 
 
 
SIX PRIMARY AREAS OF ENGAGMENT AND BRIDGING:
(More detail of these areas in the following pages of this document)
 
  1. Support of university musicians (pg. 3)
  2. Support of university athletics (pg. 3)
  3. Support of university “civic & civil” efforts (pg. 3)
  4. Development of official university presence (pg. 3)
  5. Ongoing faith and spiritual efforts (pg. 4)
  6. Budget and compensation considerations (pg. 4)
 
 
THREE ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS THAT PROVIDE INSIGHT:
 
  1. Initial Purpose statement (pg. 5)
  2. Campus Ministry Resolution (pg. 6)
  3. An example of an effective student study (pg. 7)
 
 
SUPPORT OF UNIVERSITY MUSICIANS
 
Annual music award for female alto voice for our church choir
($2,250 for Annual Scholarship)
Jazz musician funding
($500 for Jazz musician support)
Brass Musicians -4 quartets per year-in support of worship service
($1,500 for brass musicians)
Student musicians support worship as we support them in their university endeavors
Our facility and top of the line Yahama Grand Piano is used as a recital venue for students
 
 
SUPPORT OF ATHLETICS
 
Annual university football team and coaching staff BBQ
Congregational members/LSA prepare the BBQ for 100 participants
Willing volunteer women of congregation make great table hosts
($800) dollars investment
 
 
 
SUPPORT THE “CIVIL/CIVIC” SIDE OF THE CAMPUS
 
Alternative Spring Break (ASB) award
(Students willing to serve others on spring break vs. engaging in purely self serving activities)
Annual student musical concert
Students and congregation organize and sponsor student fundraising concert
We generate $3,000 through this concert and congregation budgets $1,500 for this fundraiser
Relay for Life Race participation
Habitat for Humanity
Support Honors program and Residential Life support
Engage events which support “civic” involvement of students
Partner with students in support of local hunger issues
 
 
 
DEVELOP AN OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY PRESENCE
 
Adhered to university standards and guidelines relating to official club status
Official club status enables advertising and presence on campus
University facility space use results from our official club status
Programming
(Speakers & events pertinent to campus life)
Work at developing administrative connections/relationships
Volunteer when appropriate
University provides $1,000 to all official clubs as a result of their being an official organization
Participate in the University Foundation events


ONGOING EFFORTS & ASPECTS
 
Worship (Sunday/Other)
Provide Bible Study opportunities
“Discussing God” conversations
Exposing students to Lutheran Faith Priorities in small group events
Appropriate use of social media
Annual Student Faith Retreat ($500.00)
Meal/Event Ministry…Group and one-on-one lunches with students…($500)
Intentional relationship building with congregational members and students
Annual Worship/Lunch/Shakespeare spring event
 
 
 
PAID STUDENT POSITIONS & OVERALL BUDGET
 
Part time student campus position
P/T student staff assists in overall accomplishment of campus ministry objectives
Occasional payment to a student leader per event or specific ministry effort
($2,000 per year to be used as needed for above two items)
 
 
(Annual budget for complete Campus Ministry for all the six above areas is approx. $10,000)
 
 
 
 
What Grace Lutheran has laid out in this document is simply a glimpse of what we are attempting to do. The intentional building of a campus “bridge” is often three steps forward and then one or two steps backward. When we began this work we assumed that it would take a decade to build this bridge. We walked across the street. We did not judge. We sought ways to be unconditional and supportive in our efforts. We remained patient. We were not afraid of risk or failure. What we do on the campus is but one aspect of all that we do at Grace Lutheran. We are more than a campus ministry. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
“All things to all people...All possible means...All for the sake of the Gospel.”
(I Corinthians 9:22-23)
 
“A young person is like the juice of fruits, it must ferment.”
 (Martin Luther, Dec. 1532-WLS #5085)



INITIAL GUIDING PURPOSE STATEMENT
 
Lutheran Student Association (LSA) intends to provide Christians (Lutheran and other interested Christians) the opportunity to engage in faith based activities on the campus. We intend to respectfully welcome the person who is investigating matters of the Christian faith. LSA intends to work toward interfacing with other Christian organizations on the campus. LSA intends to positively interact with other campus clubs and organizations whenever possible. LSA intends to provide service and educational opportunities for the benefit of club members, and when appropriate, with the campus population in general.
 
 
 Campus Ministry
(Resolution prepared by Grace Lutheran and submitted to Northwest District Convention 2012)
 
 
WHEREAS    Scripture tells us… that “God loves the world”... including all university campus settings (John 3:16); and further invites us to be all things to all people, including academic institutions, and to use all means possible for the sake of the Gospel (I Corinthians 9:22-23); and further encourages us to engage people respectfully, without anxiety or fear, especially where perhaps unknown gods are embraced (Acts 17:23)                                    and
 
WHEREAS
    Martin Luther said, “A young person is like the juice of fruits; it must ferment (and develop).” (Dec. 1532-WLS #5085)                               and
 
WHEREAS    Synodical and District funding for campus ministry and campus ministry staff has been severely cut back in recent decades and years,       and
 
WEHREAS    Significant historic campus churches and facilities across the United States have been (or will be sold) in an effort to reprioritize available centralized mission dollars,                                                                                and
 
WHEREAS    Local congregations in near proximity to university, college, and academic institutions, have been encouraged by District and Synod to embrace these academic and university settings as opportunities for intentional mission and ministry,                                                                                      be it
 
RESOLVED   That the Northwest District, and our national Synodical Office for North American Missions, be encouraged to facilitate any collaborative “think tank” efforts regarding campus ministry all the while considering the need to engage students, professors, and staff with a thoughtful, respectful, and patient ministry paradigm,                                                   and be it further
 
RESOLVED   That campus ministry, as worked out at the local congregational level, be encouraged to include a general focus of approaching the university setting not as an adversary to be conquered but a neighbor to befriend; a community to support with respect to their civil and civic behaviors; a locale to establish positive relationships of trust; a setting to enjoy the skills and abilities of young people; and to view the institution as a hopeful environment in which we can share the unconditional truth of God’s love as revealed in the person and work of Jesus Christ by our having first earned a place on the university campus through our unconditional love of the institution.
 
 
SIGNED_______________________________________ (President of congregation)







 
“KNOWING GOD AND BEING KNOWN BY GOD”
(They’ll know we are Christians…How?...What difference does/did it make?)
 
  • ENVIRONMENT:  Christians are called upon by God to be caretakers of the earth….(Genesis 1:1-Created by God...Genesis 1:28-Divine proxy dominion...Genesis 1:29-Creation is a gift)
 
  • RELATIONSHIPS: Christians see others as God-creations...(Genesis 2:7 & 2:22-God-formed...Genesis 1:27-Male and female are “image-miracle” of God)
 
  • CIVIC INVOLVEMENT: Christians are informed, vote, and pray for leaders. They engage in culture...(Genesis 41:41-Jospeh in charge Egypt...Romans 13:1-Thoughtful civic participation & Appropriate care of civil government.)
 
  • RACIAL EQUALITY: Christians see all people as image of God...(Genesis 1-All people created by, and in image of, God ...Acts 2:1-13-All nations received Gospel)
 
  • JUSTICE & FAIRNESS: Christians hold to the truth of justice...(Micah 6:8...Act justly...Judges 4:5-Deborah leads & judges God’s people with fairness)
 
  • HONESTY AND INTEGRITY: Christians exercise their new nature by living new...(II Kings 12:15-Acting with complete honesty...Lev.19:26-Business practices of integrity)
 
  • CARE OF THE DISENFRANCHISED: Christians care for the weak...(Psalm 82:3-Defend the cause of the weak...Luke 10:25-37-Jesus’ parable of the good Samaritan)
 
  • CHARITY & VOLUNTEERING: Christians give because they have received...(1 John 4-We love because we have been loved...Titus-Scripture encouraging the doing of good)
 
  • CARE OF THE BODY: Christians care for the body because to do so equips them to live well...(Exodus 20:8-11Rest and worship are key to life...I Corinthians 3:16-Temple of Holy Spirit)
 
  • FORGIVENESS: Christians know failure does not have the last word. We focus on the person and work of Jesus Christ (II Corinthians 5:11-21-we have been reconciled to God by Jesus...We are reconciled to one another…We are called to a ministry of reconciliation.)
 
There is a reasonable rationale for those who embrace the timeless truths of the Christian faith to maintain a healthy, balanced, and purposeful world view. (Prepared by Rev. Timothy C. Cartwright)
 
 
 
 
 


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