I served as a campus pastor for eight years — three years at an ELCA college, Gettysburg in Pennsylvania, and five years with Cornell University and Ithaca College, both in Ithaca, N.Y. Campus ministry is one of the largest mission fields. It involves people between ages 18 and 25 and an ever-growing number of commuters and older students.
Campus ministry is straight mission development with no hope of establishing a stable community. Students leave on a regular rotation, so the campus segment of the ministry has a memory no longer than about four years.
And the numbers for whom campus pastors are responsible are astronomical. We had 600 contacts for Cornell and more than 200 for Ithaca, just for the Lutheran community alone.
Due to lack of money, many campuses have no chaplain of any kind.
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