26 Aug 2014

Ignite Summer 2014: The harvest field is real—and we’re not the only ones who know.

From the executive director Here’s a back-to-school story for you. I spent my freshman and sophomore years at Concordia College—now University—in Austin (at that time, long ago, it was a two-year school); then I transferred to the University of Texas a few blocks away to complete my undergrad degree. Near the end of my first day on campus as a junior at UT, I was strolling up the north end of the University Drag, Guadalupe Street, when I was stopped...

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23 Aug 2014

Ignite Summer 2014: Called in a new direction (again): “startup” consulting!

When the Lutheran Campus Mission Association was formed in 2004, one of the charter focuses of its ministry was to help start new campus groups and revitalize dormant ones. Over the past year as we devoted much prayer, thought and discussion to developing a renewed vision for LCMA, we determined not to make these types of consulting services one of our primary pursuits—but rather to focus on services such as providing training and resources to support leaders.It appears God had other ideas. Last winter...

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By Mary Rowley and Katie Boltwood Lutheran Campus Mission Association’s Peer Missionary Volunteer (PMV) program has a sister program in the LCMS’ Florida-Georgia District called the Lutheran Campus Initiative (LCI). During 2014-2015, LCI Missionaries Katie Boltwood and Mary Rowley will send us updates as they serve the community at Florida State University, Florida A&M University and Tallahassee Junior College. Their introductory article does a great job of describing the LCI program and their expectations as they begin their assignment. Greetings...

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21 Aug 2014

Ignite Summer 2014: A … Pancake Ministry?

By Paul Knickelbein As the new academic year begins, no doubt you’re thinking hard about how to connect with your campus community. Guest contributor Paul Knickelbein tells the story of Cross and Resurrection Lutheran Church in Ypsilanti, Mich. and its unique late-night outreach that’s packing in hungry Eastern Michigan University students. It all started on a Sunday  afternoon late in July. Cross and Resurrection is a small family church that moved onto a college campus and we are trying to figure out how to serve the...

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Concordia Lutheran Church in Pullman, Wash. is the home of Concordia Lutheran Student Fellowship, a campus ministry that serves students at both Washington State University in Pullman and the University of Idaho, just across the state line in Moscow. In 2008 a team of students from Concordia  traveled to Guatemala to support the outreach work of Cristo el Salvador (Christ the Savior) Lutheran Church in Puerto Barrios. Six years later in 2014, a group from the congregation traveled to Puerto...

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Are your students ready: To spend a day together with students from other schools around your region? For a retreat-style event that offering opportunities for intensive learning, dynamic Bible study, devotion, and interaction? To hone their skills in Christian leadership? Then consider putting on a leadership conference—and let LCMA help! A team of campus ministry leaders from several Midwestern schools has developed a truly grassroots model for bringing students together and building up the body of Christ—and it’s a model we...

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Whether you’re heading to campus for the first time, in the middle of your senior year, or even looking at grad school, you’re not alone if you have concerns about college life and culture. It’s probably impossible to answer every question you have—but the young-adult authors of College 101: Campus Life for Christians (2010) provide some practical advice based on experience … and the faith that has seen them through an array of college challenges. College 101‘s ten chapters were written by students...

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A little less than a year ago, a friend of our ministry shared an article he had come across that had been published by our affiliate church body. The title was “College and University Work.” I confess that I continue to be fascinated by what I read in it. Here’s how the article begins: The campus, as a market place of “faiths” vs. the Christian faith, represents “America’s foremost mission field.” Those who proclaim the Word in this environment use...

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What we CRAVEd. Please join LCMA in giving thanks and praise to God for the continuing ministry of CRAVE, the coffee house and campus ministry at St. Louis University. In April, CRAVE’s manager, Donna Green, announced on the organization’s Facebook page that circumstances had forced CRAVE’s leadership to consider closing the ministry’s doors in June. “In the weeks that followed, we received some much-needed assistance, and then God provided us with a ministry leader who understands the unique outreach that we do,”...

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Among the many religious holidays in ancient Israel was a cycle of pilgrimage holidays, during which Jewish males were required, no matter where they lived, to come to Jerusalem. The command to hold them has its roots all the way back in the Torah—in Exodus and Deuteronomy. There were three festivals: (1) Sukkot, the Festival of the Booths, which was in what would be for us September or October; (2) Pesach, better known to us as Passover, which commemorated God’s...

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