For hundreds of thousands of college students across the U.S., campus ministries play a key role in finding community, building friendships, and discovering a sense of purpose and belonging.
But the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the college experience. Between strict social distancing policies, limited gatherings, and in some cases, campus-wide shutdowns, students are no longer able to connect in traditional ways.
In these uncertain times, college ministries are tasked with finding alternative methods to reaching students with the truth of the Gospel — and they’re finding new and innovative ways to rise to the occasion.
“God is doing something new and exciting, and He often does it through suffering and disrupting the things we’re comfortable with,” Noah Haas, chief of staff for The Navigators, told The Christian Post. “God works through disruption. It’s easy to rely on things you’ve done in the past, but God isn’t allowing us to settle for that. The needs are significant right now. We want to meet students where they are because we believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has the answer to these challenges.”
The following pages show the new ways three Christian college ministries are continuing outreach to students amid the pandemic.
Beta Upsilon Chi
Brian Lee, president of Beta Upsilon Chi, the largest Christian social fraternity in the U.S. with 39 campuses in 17 states, told CP that the day-to day-life and operations of the chapter have changed drastically in light of the pandemic.
Rush events, interviews, and large chapter meetings have been entirely virtual, Lee said, acknowledging it’s “a little strange” operating digitally. But to his surprise, Lee said fraternity numbers are “higher than we projected this fall.”