Peer Ministry Training
One model for ministry on campus encourages involving students themselves in various ministry strategies. That is, students are trained in the basic operation of the ministry; in developing and leading Bible studies and devotional and worship activities; in witness and outreach; and in spiritual and emotional support. Students trained in the model are often referred to as peer ministers, or peer helpers. LCMA partners with the Missouri District LCMS to offer Peer Ministry Training events for student leaders throughout Missouri and the surrounding region.
Peer Ministry Training is offered through four weekend modules over a two-year period:
Module #1 Share Life
If campuses are mission fields and campus ministries are mission outposts (and they are), and if every Christian is a missionary called to make disciples wherever they go (and they are), then Christian students, faculty and staff are partners in outreach to every campus … and they need to be properly equipped. The “Share Life” module of the Peer Ministry Training course is designed to help students identify their God-given personality strengths to equip and empower them to effectively share their faith during the college experience.
Module #2 Campus Ministry 101 – Nuts & Bolts
A lot goes into establishing, operating and sustaining a campus ministry! The “Campus Ministry 101” module of Peer Ministry Training presents basic “how-to” information for setting up and running a campus ministry. Time management, planning, fellowship events, service opportunities, public relations and resource development are all included.
Module #3 Biblical Fitness
Understanding fundamental Lutheran principles for interpreting Scripture is a critical factor in every campus missionary’s discipleship and outreach. The “Biblical Fitness” module of the Peer Ministry Course equips students to develop and prepare devotions and Bible studies using those principles.
Module #4 Active Listening and Crisis Management
People dealing with tough issues typically confide first in people their own age—which suggests that a student’s peer may be his or her first line of support in a difficult situation. Module 4, “Active Listening and Crisis Management,” helps a student develop listening and questioning skills that he or she can use effectively assist a peer in working through a tough time. The Crisis Management segment is especially useful in developing the student’s sense for when to obtain professional help.