Campus ministry representatives meet for conference

On May 15 and 16, 60 campus ministry pastors, committee members, and lay members involved in their local ministries met in Waukesha, Wis., to share ideas for campus work, provide support and encouragement to one another, and discuss new ministries and ideas.

Rev. Tim Patoka attended the conference for the first time. He is serving in his first pastoral assignment, which includes campus ministry work at Grace, Tucson, Ariz. “For someone who’s been in ministry for less than a year at this point, it’s really good to see other models that are happening successfully and then to get a better understanding and to actually talk to other campus pastors to get an idea of what happens on a day-to-day basis and to learn from their wealth of experience,” he says.

The conference is meant for both new and seasoned campus pastors. “It’s cool to think outside my own experience and hear what other guys are doing in their campus ministries,” says Rev. Brian Wrobel, pastor at Zion, Gainesville, Fla., and campus pastor for the University of Florida in Gainesville. “We’re in a transitional period; we’re growing and trying to be more outreach oriented with the world at our doorstep at the University of Florida.”

The first presentation was by Rev. Tom Trapp, who has served the campus ministry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1979 and is retiring this year. He shares his tips and methods for successful campus ministry work. Other topics presented and discussed included mentoring young people, exploring campus ministry activity ideas, and writing Bible studies for college students.

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