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INVESTING IN STUDENT MINISTRY IS STRATEGIC
A CRITICAL LIFE STAGE
Universities are centres of thought, leadership and innovation. It is in this milieu of new ideas and ancient philosophies that students’ identities and characters are formed. Often, the university campus is the first place that students search for a sense of identity and belonging outside traditional childhood norms. This open, engaging context presents a matchless opportunity to direct students to Christ, and set the spiritual trajectory for their entire lives.
A GIFT TO GOD’S FAMILY TODAY
Young people are typically passionate, and energetically throw themselves behind whatever ideology they adopt. Those who become followers of Jesus do so with conviction, bringing life, vibrancy, service, wisdom, and energy to God’s family.
It’s a truism that today’s students are tomorrow’s world leaders. Over the course of their careers, university graduates are more likely than non-graduates to be in crucial positions of leadership, shaping policy and influencing culture. Yet apart from thorough gospel formation, these students will enter the workplace unprepared to lead in a Christ-like way, with integrity and humility.
THE CHOICE FOR OR AGAINST THE LOCAL CHURCH
It is away from home and traditional structures of society that students face a significant choice: whether or not to commit to a local church. For those that become followers of Jesus, this season will set their patterns of local church commitment, involvement, and ministry for the rest of their lives. It is here that they will overwhelmingly make their choice for or against investment in the local church.
MISSIONARIES WHO FAN OUT
The majority of university students will leave our churches and pursue jobs and professional callings around our cities and around the world. Thus, while there is a transient element to student ministry, it is such strategic gospel work. As these disciples fan out across our cities and across the world to work, start families, join and lead churches, they proclaim Christ in all of it.
TRAINING FUTURE MINISTRY LEADERS
Through their years involved in student ministry, some students will discover a desire and gifting to prepare others for the work of making and maturing disciples. So the campus is a strategic place to recruit and train future ministry leaders.
Although Gauteng accounts for only 1.5% of South Africa’s total land area, it is home to 14.2 million people (a quarter of South Africa’s population!) and contributes about 10% of the total GDP of sub-Saharan Africa and about 7% of the total African GDP. As we shape the culture of tertiary institutions in Gauteng, we will be shaping the engine of South African society.