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  • 'Under attack': Campus ministries see changes ahead

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, March 08, 2018 (9 days ago)

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    DETROIT (BP) -- With Wayne State, Harvard and the University of Iowa among the latest universities to take action against Christian ministries on campus, some Baptist state convention leaders say Baptist campus ministry may be forced to shift its methods as religious liberty is constricted.

    "Our religious liberty and our opportunity to share as openly as we have in the past" at colleges and universities "is under attack," said Tim Patterson, executive director of the Baptist State Convention of Michigan, where Wayne State is located. Baptists "have to rethink how we do ministry on campus because the campus has changed." Read More

  • Deaf-friendly musical rallies collegiate ministry

    by Adam Wynn, posted Monday, August 21, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Photo by Stephen Drane
    ATHENS, Ga. (BP) -- The intended audience for "No Place Like Home" came to see the performers speak with their hands in a summer musical production by the Baptist Collegiate Ministries at the University of Georgia.

    Everything performed on stage was in American Sign Language, noted Haley Beach, student leader of the BCM's deaf ministry and one of the directors of the show along with Amara Ede and Jami Dillard.

    The BCM's newly-formed ministry already had formed some bonds with the deaf community at the university and in Athens, with this summer's play only increasing the reach. Read More

  • On-campus H2O ministry lifts collegians' trajectory

    by Grace Thornton, posted Tuesday, March 28, 2017 (one year ago)

    BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (BP) -- Chad Frank said he grew up like many others -- he was born into a moral home and quickly learned there were advantages to being good. He worked hard and became an Eagle Scout, captain of the basketball team and valedictorian of his senior class.

    Then he got to Bowling Green State University in Ohio and instantly felt like all those advantages disappeared. Read More

  • Muslim connects campus minister with yearning friend

    by Sheila Allen, posted Thursday, February 23, 2017 (one year ago)

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    GRESHAM, Ore. (BP) -- Jason Spurlin began by building relationships as director of Northwest Collegiate Ministries at Mt. Hood Community College on the edge of the Portland metropolitan area.

    Spurlin arrived at the commuter college in Gresham, Ore., after receiving his degree in kinesiology from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas, although he had always believed he would go into youth ministry in his home state. Some life struggles following graduation, however, stirred Spurlin to return to the basics of his beliefs by claiming his identity in Christ. Read More

  • At a German university town, connections yield faith

    by Katie Coleman, posted Tuesday, November 29, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo by Kathleen Murray
    JENA, Germany (BP) -- "Don't you know where you are?" was the reaction Martha Moore often heard. "People don't do religion in east Germany."

    Moore moved to Germany in 2000 to serve as a campus evangelist at the University of Jena and start a new ministry, now known as Connexxion. It was clear that it would be a challenge to see lives transformed by the Gospel in a country where many are atheists or agnostics. Read More

  • Small college buoyed by husband-wife's witness

    by Chris Doyle, posted Tuesday, October 25, 2016 (one year ago)

    MUSKOGEE, Okla. (BP) -- Bacone College is a small college with a strong Native American heritage. The BC football team competes at the NAIA level yet doesn't get much recognition beyond Muskogee, Okla., where the campus was founded in 1880.

    But Steve and Sharon Dixon and other members of First Baptist Church in nearby Fort Gibson have invested themselves in the lives of BC players as well as other students for the last six years. Read More

  • Collegiate ministries evolve into multiplying churches

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Tuesday, June 28, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo by Miranda Johns
    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Channeling college students' zeal for Christ drew the focus of two panel discussions held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in St. Louis.

    The purpose of the panels, which took place on the Cooperative Program stage in the exhibit hall at America's Center, showcased missions and ministry funded by the Cooperative Program, Southern Baptists' unified giving channel. Read More

  • Michigan campus team grateful for core group of 11

    by Alex Sibley, posted Friday, February 05, 2016 (2 years ago)

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (BP) -- When Brett Luker joined Christian Challenge's three-person pastoral team at Michigan State University, its outreach among dorm residents was at a crossroads.

    Although 30 international students were connecting to the Baptist student ministry, all of the American students had graduated.

    So, Luker was tasked with restarting the component of Christian Challenge's dorm-based Read More

  • 'I remember' Baptist ministry at Syracuse

    by Rebecca Wolford, posted Thursday, December 17, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Alyssa Hillman
    Syracuse University graduate Rebecca Wolford remembers key times of spiritual growth through Baptist outreach at the New York campus. "I really don't know where I'd be -- or who I'd be -- if God hadn't brought me to the Baptist Campus Ministry at Syracuse," Wolford writes.

    I remember knowing at that time that my faith was in crisis. Though I grew up going to church, I realized that I didn't have a true relationship with God, and I wasn't really sure what to do about it. I had enough trouble with human relationships; how was I supposed to have one with someone I couldn't even see? Read More

  • Campus ministry: Changing lives for a lifetime

    by Rebecca Wolford, posted Thursday, December 17, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Photo courtesy of Matt Jones
    NEWARK, Del. (BP) -- Ask Blake Hardcastle, director of the University of Delaware Baptist Student Ministry, for the best way to engage 22,000 college students with the Gospel, and his answer is clear -- reach them where they are, on campus.

    This large, highly-concentrated pocket of lostness is nestled in the heart of Newark, Del., at the state's largest university. Read More