BCM invests in the future of the churchcomment (0)
May 3, 2012
By Mike Nuss
As a general rule, investments aren’t paying very well these days — at least the financial kind. But I believe investing in ministry to college students has rewards that can pay off in ways many Alabama Baptist churches cannot imagine.
At a time when Southern Baptists are decrying the trend of students leaving the church and looking for new gimmicks and tricks to keep them, let me suggest that one of the best tools Alabama Baptists have isn’t new at all. In fact, it’s been around for more than 90 years.
Baptist Campus Ministries (BCM) is alive and well on campuses across Alabama. BCM ministers to almost 30,000 students annually and is a direct result of churches across our state partnering with Baptist associations and the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM) to reach and disciple college students and involve them in the life of a local church.
BCM exists to reach students for Christ, help them grow in their daily walk with Him and lead them to find ways to serve Him through missions involvement. Campus ministers, God-called men and women who serve through local associations, the SBOM and some as employees of our state Baptist schools, work directly on campuses to help students as they struggle to discover God’s direction and strive to integrate their education with His plan for their lives.
Recent research shows that students involved in BCM during their college years are much more likely to stay connected to the church as they move into young adulthood. These students not only tend to remain in the church, they are significantly more involved in church leadership, missions, teaching and serving. By investing in collegiate ministry today, we are investing in the future of the local church and working to fulfill the Great Commission in a vital partnership effort.
The impact of BCM on students’ lives is multifaceted and far-reaching not only in Alabama but across the Southern Baptist Convention. Alabama’s unreached college students make up a missions field we can’t afford to ignore and your gifts through the Cooperative Program are the fuel that helps make this ministry possible.
Throughout my life, many individuals and churches have invested in me — teaching, guiding and providing experiences and opportunities to help me find my place in God’s world of work. Today Alabama Baptists have an amazing opportunity to continue that legacy of investment in the future of the church by supporting, encouraging and praying for BCM — an investment with eternal rewards.
For more information, contact Mike Nuss at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-264-1225.
Editor’s Note — Mike Nuss is the director of collegiate and student ministries for the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions. He served as BCM campus minister at the University of South Alabama for 15 years.