As promised in the last post, you can now read the final version of the national qualitative study of Catholic campus ministers. This study emerged from conversations around the 2017 survey (that report can be found here); we had lots of questions come up at the Notre Dame symposium. Thanks to the research team (I took the role of PI, Dr. Linda Kawentel is co-author and co-PI, and Dr. Brian Starks was also on the team) and the 45 campus ministers we interviewed, we were able to discern some answers as well as suggest some better practices. Our deep thanks to these ministers as well as the USCCB and the Religious Research Association for providing the funding that made this work possible.
The four sections of the report are: 1) Work: Vocation, Joys, and Challenges; 2) Campus Ministry Cultures: Ministering to Students, Relationship with Jesus, Evangelization, and Outreach; 3) Insights for Campuses Using Both Professional and Missionary Campus Ministers; and 4) Preparing Students for Parish Life After Graduation.