Campus Ministry…Jewish Style!
In the fall of 2001 I attended my first InterVarsity Christian Fellowship meeting on campus. The evening worship drew from various cultures and languages. Because of this diversity, I immediately felt comfortable enough to share that I was a Jewish believer in Jesus.
Soon I was responsible for running overheads during worship, and by the end of the year I was invited to be on the leadership team. I was both excited and scared, but I took the job, as I felt God was calling me to do so.
I’ve become known as the go to” person for questions about anything Jewish. I’m not an expert, but I’m learning. I’m frequently able to find ways to include Jewish culture in our meetings. For example, I taught the Aaronic Benediction to our group in Hebrew—such a “joyful noise”!
Also, as a result of my involvement, our leadership team felt that our group should experience firsthand some of the context in which Yeshua lived. We did this by enjoying a Passover Seder together and as a result we all felt a new, deeper bond by having a “family” meal together.
This school year is my third on the leadership team, and I am one of the coordinators for our small groups and weekly worship meetings. Being in leadership has been a unique way for me to share my Jewish lifestyle and knowledge of Jewish culture and tradition.
Becoming a leader can start small. For me, it began by running overheads. Yeshua tells us that if we are faithful with a few things, we will be put in charge of many things (Matthew 25:21). As you grow in fellowship with others, you will grow in responsibility and service to them. It’s not so much a matter of being in the right place at the right time, but becoming the right person for the job through Yeshua.
No matter if it’s on campus, on the job or on the streets, Jewish believers have a unique vantage point from which to serve. We can share uniquely about aspects of Yeshua’s life here on earth, through Jewish culture and tradition. It is such a blessing to be used by God for His glory to help others know that Yeshua is Messiah, for Jews and Gentiles alike.