I am a site director for Lutheran Campus Initiative, which means that this year, my church at University Lutheran in Tallahassee, FL - home to the campuses of Florida State University, Florida A&M University, and Tallahassee Community College - is joined by two outstanding women who have given a year of their lives to learn and apply that learning to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those campuses.
Last week I demanded (something that I get to do, I guess) that they write blogs about their experience getting settled in to Tallahassee and starting ministry here. Those excellent things are found at:
I figure it is only fair that I do the same and take some of my own medicine and blog a little about my experiences settling in with having their presence here.
First thing - They’re awesome - Even though I can hardly say that I really know them, so far the two campus missionaries have really impressed me with their attitudes and motivations. I can tell that they both have that sense of “being on an adventure with Jesus” that is so necessary if you’re going to do this kind of work.
Second thing - Woah! - I thought I had most of the general stuff about their year planned out for them, but I’m finding that after years upon years of working with students and parishioners with relatively little time to give to the grind of ministry work, that I’ve underestimated what the two campus missionaries can do. This is going to be a huge part of my own personal growth this year, adjusting to team ministry and its differences and challenges.
Third thing - So excited for the Church - After I helped put this program together with Pastor Daniel Prugh, we piloted the program at the University of Florida in Gainesville. While that was cool and all, I didn’t get to see first-hand the kind of impact that campus missionaries can have. There is a whole new world of possibilities out there (that have always been there) that the Holy Spirit is showing me now.
Fourth thing - Help Support Katie and Mary - Our campus missionaries have to raise their own support. Please consider visiting the University Lutheran giving page and donating $25 to help Katie and Mary do what they do here in Tallahassee!
Posted on Saturday, July 12th 2014