Nov 13, 2014


Episode 24: 5 Struggles in College Ministry

Dave Owen talks with Lance Crowell about struggles commonly faced in college ministry when trying to create an environment favorable for growth and discipleship. Topics include intergenerational connectivity, transition ministry, gender roles, and more.

Dave Owen
// Pastor of Outreach, Providence Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC // @pastordaveo

Notable Points:

  • Struggle #1: Divorcing the college ministry from the rest of the church.
    • Work to create environments where students interact across generational boundaries within the church.
  • Struggle #2: Failing to bridge the gaps.
    • High school to college, and college to professional world.
  • Struggle #3: Assuming they know the Gospel.
    • Help students understand the Gospel, its implications, and how it is active in their daily lives.
  • Struggle #4: Addressing gender roles.
    • What do biblical manhood and womanhood look like?
  • Struggle #5: Building a love for the local church.
    • Would your students make a career or relocation decision based on finding a healthy local church over convenience, money, or preference?

Links we talked about:

Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney

Rediscovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood by John Piper & Wayne Grudem

Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

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about the author

Dave Owen

Dave Owen went to Averett University in Va. There he studied business, played basketball and golf and by grace finished on time. Although he wasn't interested in things of God during his college years, after moving to Raleigh NC and working for 4 years in the business world God opened not only his heart to a vibrant relationship with Jesus but the opportunity to do college ministry for 15 years at Providence baptist church. He has had the joy of serving students in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area for many years and loves seeing the college generation live on mission for Jesus and connect with the local church and her mission. He now serves as the outreach pastor where he oversees the mission's efforts and serves as a member of the teaching team. His joys in life are Jesus, his wife and best friend of 17 years, Julie, their 4 incredible high energy children and serving the local church to fulfill her mission of making disciples. He has served at Providence for 19 years.