"Change the university and you change the world." These words of Dr. Charles Habib Malik, well-known professor, theologian, diplomat, political leader and author of A Christian Critique of the University, have been true in the past...and remain true today.
College is a critical time for Christian students to begin to develop a life-long appreciation for the local church's vital role in saving a lost world and to gain the ministry skills that will help bring this about. The Church also needs to support the faculty and staff who work on our college and university campuses and to prepare them to be Godly leaders on the campus.
We believe that our culture and our world can be changed through students, faculty, and administrators who are transformed by the truth and grace of Jesus Christ.
The General Assembly established the College Ministry Committee in 2005 to develop a plan to engage the EPC in transforming today's college and university culture. The Committee has identified various strategies to bring together like minds (Gather); offer resources (Resource); and equip and mobilize (Develop) EPC churches for effective ministry. The following strategies are College Ministries Committee priorities:
- Linking EPC campus ministers together - A top priority is to link EPC campus ministers with other leaders on campuses nationwide who share the same vision for churches to impact the college campus for Christ.
- An initiative to plant churches in college towns - The National Outreach Committee and the College Ministries Committee believe that God is calling us as a denomination to recapture the university campus through church planting. We seek to establish full-bodied, multi-generational, grace-filled, redeeming bodies of Christ committed to reaching an often-overlooked community with the life-saving message of Jesus Christ.
- Developing strategic partnerships - To further this goal, in 2007, the EPC entered into a cooperative agreement with the Coalition for Christian Outreach based out of Pittsburgh, PA.
- Transforming the world through missions - The World Outreach Committee and the College Ministries Committee are partnering to ensure that our church calls, equips and sends this generation of young people into the mission field.