Tuesday, June 12, 2012

"3 Reasons College Ministers Need to Work with Alums - #2"

Right now we are seeing more cuts in college ministry than I have seen in my 40 years in Baptist collegiate ministry. There are several reasons for this, but the two simplest and most obvious reasons are declining gifts to Christian causes and shift in resources by NAMB to church planting. Where do alums come into all this? In visiting with one Baptist exec who was making some cuts in collegiate ministry, I suggested an alternative and he said he would get too much flak if he did that. Cutting college ministry draws less flak. Pastors fuss if cuts affect services to their churches, etc. Alums need to be aware of how important their voice for college ministry is in their local church budget and in decisions made by state and national agencies and boards. Money for college ministry has been added, saved, or increased because of knowledgeable individuals speaking up. Keeping connection with alums and their knowing what is happening is vital in these days of cuts. As tough choices are made, it is vital that people that know the value of college ministry realize their voice can make a huge difference. Let's work for strategic decisions not just flak-less decisions!

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