Practicing Community Around the Ways of Jesus

PC: Levi Ventura

PC: Levi Ventura


Campus Ministries is always coming up with new ideas on how to address the spiritual needs of Union students. Initiatives range from women’s ministries to coordinating vespers and concerts.

One area of spiritual need that’s often not adequately addressed is spiritual ministry for men. However, Austin Burke decided to start a men’s ministry group on campus.

He wants to focus on meeting the needs of guys. Burke is wanting men to join to learn about Jesus, and how He’s relevant to us today.

The group will be a place where people who’re hurting or just needing someone to talk to can come discuss their struggles with one another. The group is called “Practicing Community Around the Ways of Jesus.” Burke gave it this name because of a sermon series he saw by Pastor John Mark Comer that was discussing how to be like Jesus and how to build a community around the ways of Jesus. The first meeting was on Oct. 24.

It’s started out small, but Burke hopes it’ll grow with promotion of the ministry  around campus. He wants the group to be a community where guys can come together, grow and learn from each other.

Burke also wants to plan events such as backpacking and other activities out in nature. As more people join, Burke plans to coordinate and sort out the details of those events.  

This men’s ministry is perfect for guys who are looking for something small where they can go to hang out and in which to discuss their needs, struggles and issues. They meet every week on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Campus Ministries office in the Dick Administration Building. For more information, email Burke at

Jordan Judge is a freshman studying business administration.