Ministry among college students is one of the most significant and strategic ways to develop the next generation’s church leaders and evangelize the lost. As a result of great interest in this area within our faculty and student body, the Center for Campus Ministry (CCM) at RTS Charlotte was formed in 2009. Briefly, our program consists of the following areas:
Degree emphasis. The CCM includes a degree emphasis within the MDiv program that offers distinctive courses and electives in the area of campus ministry. These courses are taken in place of other courses already in the MDiv curriculum.
Professors with campus ministry experience. Many of the specialized courses are taught by residential and visiting professors with a special degree of experience and expertise in campus ministry.
The CCM Fellowship. The future campus ministers and leaders enrolled in the CCM will regularly meet together for the purposes of developing a community of fellowship, but also for creating an environment where ideas and strategies about campus ministry can be freely developed, discussed, and exchanged.
Campus Ministry Opportunities. The city of Charlotte provides students with easy access to campus environments where ministry is taking place. Many universities and colleges exist within an hour of Charlotte. Students enrolled in the CCM can complete their field hour requirements by serving with these campus ministries.
Scholarships and funding. RTS Charlotte is committed to giving generous scholarship help to those connected with multiple national and international campus ministries.
What do we Value?
Theologically Informed Ministry: Seeking to lay the solid theological and biblical foundation crucial to leading a faithful campus ministry.
Centrality of Preaching: Preaching and teaching God’s Word as the primary means of imparting God’s grace and meeting the needs of college students.
Commitment to the Church: Training and equipping campus ministers with a focus on why and how they and their students are to be connected with the local church for accountability and growth.
Development of a World and Life View: Demonstrating, explaining, and applying the core Reformed value that God’s Kingdom encompasses all of life.
Equipping in Apologetics & Evangelism: Preparing campus ministers to be able to interact with and critique non-Christian systems of thought with a well-reasoned and informed biblical response, and to clearly articulate the gospel within the campus setting.
RTS Charlotte is located in the thriving city of Charlotte. There are numerous universities in the city and within a short drive. Universities and colleges within an hour and a half of Charlotte include UNC Charlotte, Wake Forest University, Queen’s University, Johnson and Wales University, Davidson College, Wingate University, Winthrop University, and others. Just beyond our immediate region lies the Research Triangle of North Carolina which includes Duke University, University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, and many others.
RTS has created official partnerships with the following campus ministries: Reformed University Fellowship, Campus Crusade for Christ, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, and Campus Outreach. Our students have also had experience with other campus ministries not represented in our official partnerships.
RTS-Charlotte is strategically located near numerous colleges and universities with vibrant campus ministries. During their time as RTS students, interested CCM members can pursue opportunities to apply what they learn through CCM programs in a campus ministry context.
Learning In Fellowship
The future campus ministers and leaders enrolled in the CCM will regularly meet together for the purpose of developing a community of fellowship. This will also create an environment where ideas and strategies about campus ministry can be freely developed, discussed, and exchanged.
CCM Ministry Lunch
The CCM hosts regular lectures at the RTS Charlotte campus where we bring in speakers from around the region to address some of the most important issues, both theological and practical, related to campus ministry today.
Topics discussed in these informal fellowship luncheons would include:
Building a philosophy of campus ministry
Support raising: avenues for fundraising in campus ministry
Challenges and rewards of campus ministry
The joys and pitfalls of working with college students
The relationship of the church to the campus
Campus minister/staff qualifications: “Am I a campus worker?’
Starting a new campus work
Campus ministry and married/family life
Campus Ministry Emphasis
The CCM will include a degree emphasis within the MDiv program that offers distinctive courses and electives in the area of campus ministry. The courses will be taught in place of other courses already in the MDiv curriculum at RTS Charlotte. The courses in the CCM include:
HT610 Ministry in a Postmodern Context: The purpose of this course is to understand and respond appropriately to the dominant perspectives and cultural transformations that have contributed to our current context of ministry and witness. Taught by rotating visiting faculty. (Replaces MS518 Missions)
PT731 Pastoral Ministry: Local Church & College Campus: A study of general pastoral care, shepherding of the flock, ministerial conduct, interpersonal relationships, and possible pitfalls for pastors. This course will also examine pastoral ministry in both the context of the local church and the college campus. Taught by Dr. Rod Mays. (Replaces PT518 Pastoral Ministry)
PT732 Discipleship & Campus Ministry: This course addresses the need for developing a philosophy of ministry that focuses on building followers of Christ among college students in particular. Attention is given to the concept of disciple-making in general, as well as to plans and strategies for creating a disciple-building environment that can be used in a campus ministry and/or in conjunction with a local church located near a college or university campus. A Reformed theological and philosophical perspective will undergird the content of the course. Taught by Dr. Rod Culbertson. (Replaces CE514 Educational Ministries in the Church)
PT733 Planting and Growing a Campus Ministry: Campus Ministry, just like ministry in the local church, must be based on Biblical principles. Methodology grows out of a philosophy of ministry, which itself grows out of the theology of the Scriptures. What are principles that arise from Scripture that would direct the initiation and growth of a local campus ministry? This class will delve into questions like this one. WHAT must a campus minister DO, and WHY must he do it?” Taught by Rev. Les Newsom. (Replaces MS508 Evangelism)
ST628 Applied Apologetics: This course will develop the student’s understanding of the Reformed presuppositional method of apologetics through its application to specific instances of non-Christian thought; familiarize the student with prominent non-Christian worldviews (both secular and religious) and their philosophical shortcomings; introduce the student to various ‘tools’ of apologetics; sharpen the student’s critical thinking skills in the practice of apologetics; and strengthen the student’s own faith to equip them to strengthen the faith of other Christians, through an appreciation of the rational superiority of the Christian worldview. Taught by Dr. James Anderson. (Replaces an Elective course)
These courses will be taught by professors with campus ministry experience, and will further equip students to apply classroom-derived knowledge to a campus ministry setting.