In a year recognizing 100 years of ministry through Mississippi Baptists’ on-campus collegiate ministries — known as the Baptist Student Union — student leaders across 29 campuses are opening their doors to thousands of college students.
In fact, the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board Collegiate Ministries Department expects nearly 20,000 students to interact with BSUs during this season.
“Welcome Week” is a common annual moment in the life of any collegiate campus. After a summer season of sparse population in Mississippi college towns, the avalanche of footsteps and energy quickly return to campuses across the state.
The high-energy season of new and returning students on campus is a critical time in the life of a BSU ministry.
“Reliable research has shown that the first two to six weeks of school are critical in reaching new students, so we spend a significant amount of time and money for this purpose, says Morris “Mo” Baker, BSU director at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.
“The more ways that we can connect with students during this time, the more potential we have for reaching students and providing a strong gospel witness on campus,” he noted.
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