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  • Univ. of Iowa reinstates religious groups for now

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, August 16, 2018 (6 months ago)

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (BP) -- The University of Iowa has reinstated multiple religious student groups as registered campus organizations after one group threatened to seek a temporary restraining order amid pending litigation.

    InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship sued the university Aug. 6 because school officials revoked the fellowship's status as an official student organization over a requirement that InterVarsity Graduate leaders "share the group's faith and exemplify its Christian values," according to a complaint filed by the nonprofit Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. The temporary reinstatement, secured when Becket threatened to seek a temporary restraining order, will apply until the lawsuit is resolved. Read More

  • Univ. of Iowa sued again over religious liberty

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, August 08, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    IOWA CITY, Iowa (BP) -- For the second time in less than a year, a Christian student group has sued the University of Iowa to protect its right to select leaders who hold traditional Christian beliefs.

    The InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship filed a lawsuit in federal court Aug. 6 after the university revoked the fellowship's status as an official student organization for requiring group leaders "to share the group's faith and exemplify its Christian values," according to the complaint filed by the nonprofit Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. The university told InterVarsity Graduate via email it would not even be permitted to state in its constitution that leaders were "strongly encouraged" to hold the Christian faith. Read More

  • High school grads stay in church through new outreach

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, July 05, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    AUSTIN, Texas (BP) -- Students can remain engaged in discipleship and evangelism when moving from high school to college in a new outreach targeting pastors, parents, churches, ministries and teenagers alike.

    Campus Ministry Link (CML), the new outreach of Austin, Texas-based Campus Renewal Ministries, seeks to reverse a Gospel-engagement decline of 70 percent among high school graduates leaving home, CML Director of Partnerships John Decker told Baptist Press.

    "The stakes are really high," Decker said. "It's the largest transition they (students) will ever go through." CML connects students with ministries on any college campus in the U.S. Read More

  • Campus ministry at USC: 'up close & personal'

    by Amanda Phifer, posted Friday, May 13, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (BP) -- Neil Walker is practically a fixture at the University of Southern California -- his "home base" for 28 years of student ministry.

    "His longevity is just amazing," said Daryl Watts, California Southern Baptist Convention student and family specialist.

    Walker puts it a little differently, with a sage reflection: "Most of the time what we want is a plastic surgeon ... but spiritual growth is more like physical therapy. We want a quick fix on the surface, but growth usually happens slowly with a lot of work." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Both/and: Campus ministry & a local church

    by Russell Moore, posted Thursday, May 12, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Russell Moore's advice to college-bound high school grads: You need the church, not just a campus ministry. "Your attitude toward the church reveals your attitude toward Jesus," Moore, president of the SBC Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, writes. Read More

  • Campus outreach in 'emerging regions': 'less is more'

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Friday, February 05, 2016 (3 years ago)

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    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Collegiate ministry groups outside the South are as unique and diverse as regions in which they are located.

    When the Emerging Regions State Collegiate Leaders working group met at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, the 25 participants traveled from places like Alaska, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and West Virginia as well as Canada. Read More

  • 'One-stop shop' for collegiate ministry launched

    by Kristen Camp, posted Wednesday, January 14, 2015 (4 years ago)

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- There is plenty of information available to collegiate ministry leaders about how to start a college ministry, how to reach freshmen and how to encourage college students to share the Gospel. But it can be difficult -- if not impossible -- to find these types of resources in one specific place to provide consistent, practical help to collegiate ministry leaders, until now. Read More