Part 1 Engaging College Students
by Todd Wendorf
Operations Director of The Chapel, UW Madison
Todd also sits on the Kingdom Workers Board of Directors
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. (1 Cor 13:13a)
Having worked with young people the entirety of my 17 years in the full-time ministry, I can’t help but hold this verse close to my heart. They not only describe the cornerstones to the Christin life, they also guide us in our understanding of, and working with, young people.
The college students I work with at the University of Wisconsin – Madison live by faith. They place faith in the University to deliver a world class education. They place faith in their professors to teach them theories and applications that they will use throughout their careers. They even place faith in their sports teams, trusting them to compete at a high level and make their time here even more enjoyable.
Above all, they place faith in their Savior, Jesus Christ. Many of these 18 to 25 year olds have known and loved Jesus from Childhood. Today, they serve him, study him, and share their love for him on this campus. They hold him close as they face the trials so often found in today’s culture, and the use his Word as a guide as they venture into new circumstances and the bright future that awaits them.
So what’s the lesson to be learned for those of us who work with and/or try to relate to them on a daily basis? Have faith in them! They rest on the sure foundation that is Jesus Christ. They know that his Word lights their path on both clear days and murky. They are amazing young people. Guide them, encourage them, admonish them, and forgive them. But most of all, Have faith that the faith they have in Jesus will shine through in all they do today and into the future.