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Where do campus ministers and chaplains serve?

While there are several models of ministries to college students, the following four are most prevalent:

Wesley Foundation/Wesley Fellowship: a United Methodist ministry most often on public university campuses, but may also be located at private colleges and universities. The annual conference, district, a group of churches and/or other United Methodist entities financially support these ministries.

Ecumenical Ministry: is supported by one or more protestant denominations in addition to the United Methodist church. Campus ministers may be hired by any of the participating denominations.

Local Church Based Ministry: a ministry supported by one or more United Methodist churches where the campus minister also serves on the staff of a local church. The group may gather at the church or at a location on campus.

Campus chaplaincy: generally conducts religious life programs at a United Methodist-related educational institution. These programs include worship, study, pastoral counseling, service-related activities and partnerships with academic and student life offices. The chaplain is also responsible for ecumenical and interfaith relationships on campus.

Collegiate Ministry journal of preaching and worship for the campus with contributions by collegiate ministers. A word for the campus by the campus. Hear from fellow ministers on college campuses and lend your own voice and experiences to help others in their ministry journey.

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United Methodist Campus Ministry Association

The United Methodist Campus Ministry Association (UMCMA) is a professional network engaging in support and advocacy.

Our Vision For the Future:

We envision a church that passionately loves college students as much as God does, and offers God’s transforming love to every student, on every campus, in every generation.

Values Integral to our Mission:

  • Grounded in our faith and the Wesleyan tradition
  • Shared passion for the United Methodist tradition
  • Shared passion for students
  • Committed to students
  • Communication with colleagues
  • Resourcing
  • Mutual support
  • Systemic vision
  • Reaching out
  • Intentionally inclusive
  • Disciple-making
  • Leadership development
  • Training
  • Relationships
  • Advocacy
  • Shared vision

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National Association of College and University Chaplains

A multifaith professional community supporting spiritual and ethical life in higher education.