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EQUIP

EPC College Ministries seeks to equip and mobilize churches through leadership development, including:

Strategic planning to reach campuses through existing churches, church plants, and campus ministers.
Partnering with Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO), for church partnerships, consultation services, and other resources.
Models of ministry to assist every EPC church in reaching students and campuses.
Training and equipping opportunities for leaders and churches.

A congregation does not have to launch a major program with a significant staff time commitment to have an impact on college students. By taking a single step, your congregation will begin a journey that could have a significant impact on the spiritual life of a student and his or her campus. College Ministries has developed several models of College Ministry for your consideration. Let us know what the Lord has led you to do by joining the College Ministries Facebook Group.

MODELS OF COLLEGE MINISTRY

Local churches minister to college students in many different ways. The following suggestions are offered to EPC congregations to help them begin or expand their ministry to college students. Select the scenario below that best describes your congregation (or you can download the entire document in pdf format).

1. Our congregation is not located near a college or university.
2. Our church has college students from a local college or university.
3. Our church is considering bringing on a staff person for college ministries.
4. Our church would like to partner with a campus ministry.
5. We want to minister to our college students over the summer.

COALITION FOR CHRISTIAN OUTREACH

In 2007, the EPC chose the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO) as our preferred campus ministry with which to partner, placing college workers in EPC churches that are near a college or university. Not only are the CCO and the EPC theologically and missionally aligned, but the CCO specializes in partnering with local congregations and involving them in ministry to students.

From its beginnings in 1971, the CCO has always worked in partnerships with local congregations. The CCO believes that campus ministry is not a replacement for church involvement, but a supplement to it. CCO staff members serve as an arm of the local church on campus, reaching out to students who otherwise might not come to church on their own. All CCO staff members encourage students to attend church and invite them to get involved in local congregations.

Visit the CCO’s website to find out more about:

1. CCO’s vision and history.
2. CCO’s view of partnership, and how to partner with CCO.
3. Church congregations with CCO ministries.
4. Colleges and universities with CCO ministries.

Click here to read the Partnership Agreement between the EPC and CCO, adopted by the 27th General Assembly.

CURRENT EPC/CCO PARTNERSHIPS

Bellefield Presbyterian Church

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Carnegie Mellon University
The University of Pittsburgh

Gateway Church

Findlay, Ohio
Bluffton University
Owens Community College
The University of Findlay

Gateway Church

Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
Slippery Rock University

Graystone Presbyterian Church

Indiana, Pennsylvania
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Memorial Park Church

Allison Park, Pennsylvania
La Roche College

For more information about bringing the CCO to your EPC church or community, contact Elliott Simko.

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