Reimagining Orthodox Campus Ministry
A plan for campus missionaries
60% of college students never return to the Church after college.
Only 10% of 18 to 29-year olds exhibit deep and lasting faith.
OCF Campus Missionaries
Campus missionaries will be selected, hired, and trained by OCF. They’ll serve students full time, building a bridge between campus and parish life.
Our goal is that college campuses all over the country will have full-time OCF staff members dedicated to fostering discipleship among students.
What could we achieve?
Strong local ministry will impact the campus and the parish.
Breadth of Student Reach
Depth of Student Experience
Longevity on Campus
Healthier Parish Communities
Who are these campus missionaries?
Young Lay Persons
Committed to Christ
Trained & Supported
What will the campus missionaries do?
Traditional OCF Chapter leadership, built on OCF’s four pillars: Fellowship, Education, Worship, & Service
Student formation and mentorship efforts via one-on-ones and small groups, based on the individual needs of the students
We’re not calling them campus missionaries without reason. Campus missionaries will be charged with sharing the Gospel and the fullness of the Orthodox faith with the campus community.
Making relationships with the local community and directing students to the sacraments in partnership with local clergy
Fostering healthy group dynamics and chapter longevity
Cultivation of donors, regular program assessment, and continuing education
What is the investment?
An annual budget will range from $100,000 – $110,000, depending on location and other variables. To facilitate sustainability, OCF will raise at least a two-year budget prior to placing a campus missionary in a new location.
- Campus missionaries will be supported so they can be fully-commited to on-campus ministry.
- Student Ministry funding provides the budget for engaging ministry programs and opportunities.
- Provides for both a campus missionary and ministry programming
|The annual budget includes funds for:|
|Start-Up & Student Ministry Budget|
|Training & Continuing Education|
|Management, Mentorship, & Resource Development|
|Fundraising & Sustainability|
|Salary & Benefits|
Support the campus missionary pilot program.
Our first Campus Mission has launched at Texas A&M University. Plans are in the works for a second pilot location. OCF is building support for this campus missionary pilot program. We need your help.