Developing Programs: In Ashland, I helped to develop the church’s ministry and outreach to students at Southern Oregon University. I created a Bible study, met with students after church at Starbucks and facilitated a College Group Dinner, which met at the homes of members of our church. I also partnered with the university’s Queer Resource Center to bring singer/songwriter/activist Jennifer Knapp to campus for her Inside Out Faith tour.
Developing Relationships: At a few of the churches I’ve served, there hasn’t been college or young adult programs, and so there was more of an emphasis on just connecting with students and young people when they were home from breaks from school, or visiting family, and developing relationships that way. There were a few students in California who I was able to take with me to the College Conference at Montreat when I was on the planning team for the event.