God's Spirit is present in all creation, and the Lutheran church understands the campus as part of God’s good creation. The church celebrates manifestations of grace and wholeness on campus, but also seeks to reform harmful structures and heal persons who experience pain and difficulty. God's Spirit is made present on campus through church members who make visible the identity they have received and the vocation they share. One of the challenges of any campus ministry is to become a loving critic of the campus, to engage in dialog which honors the search for truth, the place of doubt, youthful experimentation, God's call to an ethical lifestyle, and the place of faith.
This is a handbook that was created by the ELCA churchwide offices in partnership with synods and congregations, financially supports 185 Campus Ministry Agencies and identifies over 600 pastors and congregations to serve as Cooperating Congregations in Campus Ministry (CCCM), representatives of our church who provide a ministry with and among our academic neighbors.
To Love Our Academic Neighbors: A Campus Ministry Handbook for Cooperating Congregations in Campus Ministry