We love students! We have students in junior and senior high, undergraduates from a number of area colleges, as well graduate students from a number of departments at Notre Dame – you can’t throw a stone in the church without hitting one. And it’s one of the most exciting aspects of our church. Why?
Our approach here, as everywhere else in how we do church life, is to be missional. Being missional in student ministries means four basic things: we care about pushing the gospel down deep into the hearts of Christians (intensive growth), we care about sharing the gospel out in the world with those who don’t believe (extensive growth), we care about integrating into the broader Christian community (communal growth), and care about sending people out into the world (missional growth). So the reason we’re excited about students is because students are missionaries – to their schools, to their friends, in their jobs and future vocations. And we get to help build up the Church by preparing and equipping them. So what’s that look like?
Junior and Senior High
Junior and Senior High students meet on Sunday mornings for a fun time of interactive bible study and discussion. They are currently studying the Wisdom literature of the Old Testament – Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes. Students also get together for times of fun, whether it’s playing games, seeing movies, or just hanging out. Then many of our students serve in various ministries of the church, ranging from our AWANA program to playing on the worship team.
Missional college ministry is unique. The last thing students in the university need is to be surrounded only by other students their ages or that share only their interests (academic or otherwise). Instead of keeping all the students together and isolating them from the rest of the church, we train and equip them to imbibe and embody the gospel by being fully integrated and active members of the church family. Students also serve the rest of the body through ministry teams. Our prayer is that they’ll go back to campus encouraged and excited by the gospel – whether they’re undergraduates who live on campus or graduate students who commute but are a presence in an academic department, we hope to equip them to find new ways and avenues to advance the gospel. We also pray that after they’ve graduated or moved on that they’ll have developed strong habits of deep involvement with church life.