Lutheran Campus Ministry at Minot State University has received a grant of $100,000 to explore more deeply its role in helping college students reflect on faith and calling in their lives. Lilly Endowment Inc. awarded the grant as part of its national initiative to strengthen the work of campus ministries serving public university campuses. Lutheran Campus Ministry – MSU is one of 53 ministries awarded funds through the Campus Ministry Theological Exploration of Vocation Initiative in 2015.
“Lutheran Campus Ministry is excited to be able to offer new opportunities for MSU students to explore their understanding of vocation,” said the Rev. Christoph Schmidt, pastor of Lutheran Campus Ministry – MSU. “The programs funded by this grant will help college students identify their gifts, nurture their callings, and better understand the role of faith in their lives.”
Lutheran Campus Ministry has hired the Rev. Robyn Eddy as Vocational Internship Director. Pastor Eddy will oversee LCM’s Vocational Internship Program, which will place MSU student interns within five E.L.C.A. congregations in Minot. In partnership with Bethany Lutheran, Bread of Life Lutheran, Christ Lutheran, First Lutheran, and Zion Lutheran, these interns will have opportunities for direct ministry experience under the mentorship of local faith leaders.
This is the third round of grants under the Endowment’s Campus Ministry Theological Exploration of Vocation Initiative, which supports vocational discernment programs for undergraduate students at public universities. The initiative is designed to encourage campus ministries to create programs and strengthen existing ones to help students make connections between their academic and career pursuits and their faith commitments.
For more than 15 years, the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment has been learning about the place of faith on college and university campuses and how the connection can influence the career trajectory of students. Initial efforts on faith-based campuses have been extended to large public universities.
“Campus ministries play a critical role in helping students explore their academic and career interests and their faith as they pursue their hopes and dreams,” said Dr. Christopher L. Coble, vice president for religion at Lilly Endowment. “These ministries are creating spaces that give busy college students time to discover how God calls them to use their knowledge and talents to serve others.”
Lutheran Campus Ministry has served the students of Minot State University for more than 75 years. Their mission is to accompany students as they explore their faith and listen for God’s calling in their lives. LCM is a ministry of the Western North Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
About Lilly Endowment Inc. Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly and his two sons, Eli and J.K. Jr., with gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical company. The Endowment is primarily committed to the causes of community development, education and religion.
Contact: Rev. Christoph Schmidt