(re)integrate for college students

Coalition for Christian Outreach
Reintegrate is in partnership with the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO) to reach out to college students. Bob Robinson does evangelism, vocational discipleship, and leadership training with students and faculty on three college campuses – Kent State University at Stark, Stark State College, and Malone University.

Bob Robinson has been doing campus ministry with the CCO for seven years.

The CCO is a campus ministry that partners with churches, colleges and other organizations to develop men and women who live out their Christian faith in every area of life.

The CCO’s ministry is distinct in three ways:

  • Our ministry is transformational . We challenge the students we serve to submit every area of their lives to Jesus Christ.
  • We partner with churches, colleges and other organizations, placing our staff in strategic positions of influence on campus.
  • We do contextual ministry, meaning that our staff people adjust to the needs of the particular campus at which they serve. No two CCO ministries look exactly alike.

Bob Robinson says,

My ministry with CCO has been the greatest years of ministry in my life. I joined the CCO as the Area Director for Northern Ohio – the chief executive of CCO ministries in that region. I developed new partnerships with churches, colleges, and organizations, recruited and hired new staff, trained new staff in evangelism and discipleship, and supervised 15 staff people on college campuses throughout northern Ohio.

For the past five years, I’ve been doing direct campus ministry. At Kent State’s Stark campus I reach out to students, disciple student leaders, and help guide these student leaders with a fellowship group on campus. Students have caught a greater vision of why they are in college: Not just to get a job and make money but to discover their calling from God in the vocation for which they are studying. Each year I take students to the Jubilee Conference – a catalytic all-weekend event at which nationally-known speakers provide students with the keys for submitting every area of their lives to Jesus Christ. Breakout sessions feature practitioners from a wide range of professions – architecture, arts, business, design, education, engineering, film, history, law, medicine, ministry, music, politics, science, sports, writing, etc. – discussing with students what it actually looks like to live for Christ through their vocations.

At Stark State College, I’ve been working with leaders in the Math Department as they tackled the problems associated with students coming into their school ill-prepared in mathematics. We worked through a new curriculum and implemented it. I helped these leaders think Christianly about how these changes will impact the lives of the students who are applying to Stark State in order to change the direction of their lives – learning new skills for careers that will sustain their lives and contribute to the common good. For the past year, I’ve been leading the (re)integrate Bible study with teachers, tutors, and proctors from the Math and Science departments. They have embraced their callings to bless students and transform their institution to look more like what Christ would want – a blessing to students and the community.

At Malone University, I work with the Office of Spiritual Formation, for which I lead a weekly “Life Group” study.  All students participate in Spiritual Formation by attending at least 20 Spiritual Formation Opportunities each semester.  My Life Group is an officially credited opportunity on campus. According to Malone University,

Life Groups are designed to allow students to:

  • receive personal discipleship from individuals with spiritual maturity
  • experience differing degrees of Christian community
  • develop a more personal relationship with Jesus Christ by studying Scripture, asking questions, and engaging in discussions.

 

– Bob Robinson

To learn about the current ministries at college campuses, follow these links.

Student Ministry at Kent State University at Stark

Student Ministry at Malone University

Student Ministry at Stark State College

Faculty and Staff Ministry at Stark State College