Here at the University of Wisconsin – Madison most of our students have left for the summer and there is a kind of stillness on campus. Despite the stillness, we are eagerly anticipating the arrival of new students and planning for the upcoming fall!
On behalf of my campus ministry colleagues at over 140 sites across the country, I thank you for the opportunity to partner with you in ministering to students through worship, faith formation, and pastoral care. It is our privilege to walk with young adults as they grow in independence and identity as they discern where God is calling them in their lives.
In order to serve your college and university students, we need your help. Since we do not receive any kind of enrollment information or religious preference information from the schools we serve, the only way that we can reach out to your college students is to ask you to provide their information to us.
This summer, Lutheran Campus Ministry in Madison has organized a Campus Connect Project, which seeks to gather the names of college students from each and every congregation in our synod. On your behalf, we will share your students’ information with the campus ministry staff at whatever school they attend. Campus Connect is funded by a grant from the foundation of the South Central Synod of Wisconsin.
We can’t do this without you. Please make a plan now to connect your students to campus ministry. In this mailing, you will find a form that you can fill out and return to Lutheran Campus Ministry. If you prefer you can submit your information online. Please provide as much information as you can for all of your college students (not just incoming freshmen).
If your congregation has many students, or if you’ve lost track of your students since they were confirmed, consider these strategies to make this task easier:
- If you use a church database, feel free to print class lists and write supplemental information directly on those pages. There is no need to retype information.
- If you don’t know where your students are attending college, have a college student recognition in worship in the early summer. By gathering graduating seniors and other students, you can also learn more about their plans.
- If your church staff doesn’t have time to solicit the information, enlist a volunteer to make phone calls or send emails. Grandparents who care about college-aged kids make great volunteers. Or, appoint one parent or student from each grade level to be the “class correspondent” and collect information.
You’ll be hearing from us periodically over the summer as we continue to encourage you and help you with this project. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out! We’d love to help you any way we can.
Thank you for your partnership in accompanying students in their journeys of faith.
Pastor Emily Tveite