Young adult and campus ministry
Beginning with a video titled MOVE, the young adult and campus ministry team led by Chris Roberts reported that the average age of a UM member is 57. In Indiana, only 9.7 percent of the pastors are under 40. He said young adults are a very diverse group filled with confusion, as well as opportunities.
“As the church we must know that young adults are searching for community,” he said. As a conference, we have three priorities: training young adult leaders, educating and raising awareness of young adults and empowering young adults to lead in ministry to other young adults.
One of the key parts of our young adult ministry is campus ministry. Adriane Curtis, team leader for the campus ministry affinity group, thanked the conference members for their support. Here are highlights of campus ministry in Indiana:
- Wesley Foundation at Purdue has been on three mission trips.
- Indiana State University at Terre Haute shared a personal testimony of how this ministry reaches out to students.
- University of Evansville just hosted the national United Methodist Student Forum.
- The University of Indianapolis ministry creates curricular and co-curricular experiences enriching Christian disciples. UIndy thanked the conference for Indianapolis churches’ hospitality, compassion and support as well as mission trips. UIndy also has a youth ministry training program.
- DePauw University campus ministry just created a new place to meet students interested in spirituality. UMW’s School of Christian Mission is coming to DePauw this summer.
Curtis said it takes all of us to support campus ministry in Indiana.
Camping ministry celebrates commitments, new lodge
Camping Committee Chair Jim Coy reported this past year 495 campers made first-time commitments to Christ and 215 campers made a commitment to Christian ministry. On June 4, Bishop Coyner dedicated the Bishop Duecker Lodge. Next to be built is Fenestermacher Lodge, plus four more lodges coming in the future.
Coy said, Nick Yarde and Ian Hall as camping director and camping business manager lead a fantastic team of camp employees and volunteers. Chris Nunley made a report of the camping capital campaign to reach future generations for Jesus Christ and invited conference members to contribute to the campaign. The campaign is raising funds to build six new lodges.