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The Lewis Center is building a new vision for church leadership grounded in faith, informed by knowledge, and exercised in effective practice.
Survey of Campus Ministers
In the fall of 2005 an online survey was distributed to all United Methodist campus ministers by the Division of Ordained Ministry. The purpose was to gather information to inform a leadership course in the Campus Ministry Track of Wesley's Doctor of Ministry Program. Questions were open-ended with no response options offered. The results below come from sixty-six respondents. Results that represent five percent or more of the responses to individual questions are reported.
Findings Compared to a Similar Survey Ten Years Ago
The three key needs that emerged from a similar survey conducted ten years ago continue to be challenges for campus ministers: funding, regard within the church, and ministering across divisions. Funding, while the number one concern ten years ago, is even more pronounced as a challenge today.
Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr ., at that time president of Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, made a speech about campus ministry based on the earlier survey results. Dr. Weems is currently distinguished professor of church leadership and director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary. The speech, "The Power You Have", was published by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church in the January 1998 issue of Presidential Papers.
Read "The Power You Have" speech.