It’s only spring break, but we’re already looking ahead to the fall here at Lutheran Campus Ministry, and especially to two new ministries that we will introduce in 2018!

This spring we will select our first-ever cohort of Faith & Vocation Fellows. This group of five students will spend time together each week for an academic year growing in faith and leadership together. In addition, each student will receive a stipend to explore work in one of a variety of ministry settings outside of LCM.

From congregations to public policy to eldercare, LCM students will bless partner ministries through their work. During the cohort meeting time, the fellows will explore Lutheran theology and spiritual practice, as well as reflect together on their work in ministry sites. The Faith & Vocation Fellowships will help students to expand their understanding of how faith connects to daily life, and provide experiences that inform their future vocational paths.

In addition, we’re continuing to support student organizations that care for the basic needs of those in our local community. In early 2018, we rolled out a soft launch of The Keep, a student resource space at Luther Memorial. BundleUp became our first tenant, joyfully moving their collection of coats, hats, mittens and other winter items into The Keep in March. They have also begun meeting with their congregational mentor, Bill Hunnex, who will support their work and connect them with resources. We are currently working with one other organization and soliciting applications for additional student groups to make use of The Keep beginning this fall. In September, a new student food pantry will also open as a part of The Keep. This pantry will extend the important work that LCM is already doing through our “Taste of Grace” Lunch to confront food insecurity at UW-Madison.

As we look to the future, we are excited about where the Holy Spirit is guiding us and equipping us to raise up leaders to do the work of Christ in daily life.