Collegiate Ministry as Missional Priority of the Church (DOWNLOAD PDF HERE)
Whereas collegiate ministry is a term that fully includes campus ministries [Wesley Foundations and the like], college/university chaplains, ecumenical ministries, and church-based ministry with college students;
Whereas collegiate ministry is the missional expression of the UMC on the college and university campuses of the world;
Whereas these campuses, many of them cities unto themselves, require their own unique faith communities;
Whereas those communities require called, gifted, trained, equipped, and supported collegiate ministers, who order the life of these unique ministries;
Whereas collegiate ministries actively offer the good news of Jesus Christ and the opportunity to belong to an authentic Christian community on every university and college campus;
Whereas collegiate ministries provide substantive opportunities for students to become growing, serving, learning, and leading disciples of Jesus Christ in the United Methodist tradition;
Whereas collegiate ministries are communities that are intentionally and radically open, welcoming, and inclusive to all people, seeking to be communities that authentically reflect the diversity and unity of the Kingdom of God;
Whereas collegiate ministries help all students hear God’s call to serve and lead in the church and world, including both lay vocations and ordained ministry in the Church;
Whereas collegiate ministries are incubators for new and effective ways for doing ministry as United Methodists, particularly with young adults;
Whereas collegiate ministries embody hope for the future of The United Methodist Church, as we raise up a new generation of disciples of Jesus Christ, for the transformation of the world;
Therefore be it resolved, that every Annual Conference shall make collegiate ministry a missional priority; the Bishops and appointive cabinets take seriously the recruitment and appointment of called, gifted, trained, equipped, and supported collegiate ministers; and conferences develop necessary funding to ensure the effectiveness of these ministries.
Therefore be it further resolved, that every Annual Conference have a fully functioning Board of Higher Education and Collegiate Ministry ; and that this Board shall fulfill its role in supporting, funding, and evaluating the effectiveness of each collegiate ministry.