Petition 80340

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Support Campus Ministers (80340-MH-R9999)

Whereas campus ministry is essential to the mission, growth, and future of The United Methodist Church;
  
Whereas campus ministries are dependent on the commitment and passion of campus ministers;
  
Whereas campus ministry often can be isolating for campus ministers and unrecognized by the church;
  
Therefore, be it resolved, that the 2008 General Conference affirms the campus ministers of United Methodist and ecumenical campus ministries, who have committed themselves to the work of the church in college environments and calls the entire church to join in acknowledging this important contribution. The 2008 General Conference also remains committed to working with campus ministers to further campus ministry.

Rationale

Campus ministers are essential to connecting the church with college students, a group sometimes excluded from local congregations, and need support to continue this vital ministry.