The Millennial Generation is always on the move. The Age of Information and Technology has given Millennials a gift – unfettered access to information. They live through their hand held devices and receive most of their information as they move. Therefore, the Campus Ministry will, with the support of the Chapel Ambassadors, make a weekly effort to move among the student population in an effort to reach out to students who may not come to the chapel.
Why is this necessary? First, there is a need for visibility. Ministry on the Move seeks to make its presence known to students. Students tend to congregate in the dorm areas, cafeteria and in the Student Activity Center. Ministry on the Move seeks to match the mobility of our students by bringing access to chapel services – counseling, Bible Study, worship – to them. Many students resist the church environment because it seems outmoded in the Information Age. So, it is important to meet them in the places where they congregate.
What about technology? The Dean of Campus Ministry and the Chapel Ambassadors will work to bring the ministry to students through social media. – live streaming, Facebook, Twitter etc. Technology is an important aspect of modern ministry. Twitter and similar social media platforms offer 24 hour access to information students are interested in sharing. For example, weekly Bible Study lessons will be “Tweeted” out by students who will encourage their followers to share the lessons more widely. The objective is to saturate social media with our presence and to make accessing the services of the Susie C. Holley Religious Center more available to students.
Who are the Ambassadors? The Chapel Ambassadors are credential student ministers who have produced licenses and certificates of ordination in order to be eligible to serve as chapel assistants. Credibility is important. Therefore, each ambassador will also participate in training led by the Dean of Campus Ministry. Training will focus on ministerial etiquette, confidentiality, proper mentoring practices and proper decorum. Chapel Ambassadors will be expected to dress, speak and act in keeping with the privilege of their office as chapel assistants. However, they are also critical members of the outreach team. Their roles as students make them knowledgeable about issues important to students. They are a generational bridge and they will serve as mentors to encourage students to be unashamed of their walk with Christ. Religion & Philosophy Students are encouraged to support the Campus Ministry.
What is the goal? The goal of Ministry on the Move is to meet students, encourage them to maintain their faith walks and enlighten them on how to improve their spiritual foundations. Hence, Ministry on the Move is about outreach to the students of FMU per (Matthew 20:18-20).