Unite (Ephesians 4:1-16) creates opportunities for members of the body of Christ in various congregations to interact with college students in their environment and develop relationships. Through these relationships and interactions opportunities for the Holy Spirit to minister will arise. Unite acts as a ligament in the body of Christ—facilitating more readily the connections between church members and students.
One of our core focuses is developing small group spiritual communities of students, faculty, and lay-persons that meet on campus and near campus in public areas. These groups will go through Bible-based studies together and will pray for and encourage each other as everyone continues to grow in Christ (Ephesians 4:16). The small groups help Christian students, many of whom step away from their faith in college, get involved in strong spiritual communities with older Christians. The small group communities also create opportunities for non-Christians to interact with communities of believers in their day-to-day lives. It is our prayer that curious individuals will see the groups praying for each other, studying the Bible, and encouraging each other, and that the individuals will interact with our groups. After a few such interactions, hopefully they may even join the groups regularly. This is particularly likely for some of the more than two hundred international students on campus, as many already have a strong curiosity about Christianity.
We are working with others to offer music nights, game nights, and eventually coffeehouse nights near campus as God enables. Other events such as ‘Get Plugged In’ invite all the churches and college ministries in the region to be present on campus for a given day so that students looking for Christian community can more readily find a church home/ministry. All events ultimately serve to let students and Christians in the community interact and develop healthy, God-centered relationships, and to create opportunities in which the Holy Spirit may interact.
Unite is unique among Fort Hays college ministries in that we enable congregations’ members to be directly involved in on-campus ministry, and we meet on campus in public locations in which students may freely join. If you would like more detailed information about what we do or if you have questions, please feel free to use the information below to contact us and please check out our prayer blog.
PO Box 1100
Hays, KS 67601
http://www.uniteeph4-1-16.blogspot.com (prayer and information blog)