In just a couple of weeks, I’ll be taking a group of 12 students to the Jubilee Conference in Pittsburgh. Back in February 2009, I had my first encounter with this CCO-sponsored conference (Coalition for Christian Outreach) and decided that whatever the campus ministry organization was that put on such a practical and transformational conference experience is a ministry organization worth aligning myself with.
At the time I was discerning a transition from youth ministry to campus ministry and helping our denomination (Southwestern Ohio Church of the Nazarene) carve out a new position to missionally reach the University of Cincinnati and other campuses in the area. A few months later, we had created a partnership with the CCO and I began raising support and creating a strategy for discipling students at UC.
Pioneering a new ministry with minimal financial resources and little experience in the field of campus ministry has proven to be more difficult than I originally anticipated. But as I complete my third year of ministry at UC, a few of the discipling relationships I have invested myself in over the past couple of years have started to come together in a community of students who identify themselves with our CCO ministry. Our Thursday night JOURNEY has become the central gathering point at the Edge House.
I expect our experience at Jubilee will be a major catalyst as we continue to develop this ministry.
Jubilee is unlike any conference I’ve taken students to in the past. Whereas many conference and retreat experiences tend to focus on inspirational worship and creating a sort of mountain-top experience, Jubilee focuses on practical ways to integrate faith into every area of life. I believe it gives college students an amazing sense of possibility and opportunity concerning their particular field of study, vocational calling, etc. For that reason, I’m quite excited about how God will speak to and transform the lives of these 12 students who are going to Jubilee with me.
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We look forward to sharing some great Jubilee stories here in the near future. Stay tuned.