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Accidental ParaChurch Ministries

Bre Hallberg
Bre Hallberg Friday May 21, 2010
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Chuck Bomar, co-Author of The Slow Fade, facilitated a breakout at Orange called: College-Age Confusion.

Many churches are stuck in a state of confusion as to what’s needed in order to be effective in engaging college-age people. The outcome is little if any intentional ministry. Some have tried different approaches and have yet to find something sustainable. Being effective in college ministry isn’t difficult, it just takes focus on a few key things.

Here a few thoughts from Kelly Dolan after attending Chuck’s breakout.

I’m liking the talk in Chuck Bomar’s workshop about helping college age-stage people connect more with church life than they do with church programs. In sharing his own story, Chuck said if he was honest, he at one time “created a parachurch ministry that existed on a church campus.”

I’ve never heard anybody say it this way before, but it resonated with me. I think when we segment out age groups and only create an age-based program for them to attend, this is a danger. We’ll have segments of the church that feel more like parachurch ministries disconnected from actual church life.

The question for many of our local churches entrenched in this approach is how do we transition? How do we take groups within our churches that we’ve segmented out (children, students, college age-stage), and help them join the whole of the body?

Bre Hallberg has been in ministry for 15 years. She began her career by helping start a church plant in Orlando, Florida, and has been on staff at Orange for almost eight years. She’s works primarily with Orange’s leadership resources and helping churches implement the Orange strategy. She still lives in sunny Florida with her husband, two kids, and giant great dane, named Hazel.