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More college students reached through SBC student ministry


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Increases in the number of students reached and total contributions for student missions highlighted the Southern Baptist student ministry report for 1998.
According to the annual statistics compiled by National Student Ministry of LifeWay Christian Resources, 276,399 college students were reached by Southern Baptist student ministry programs on college campuses in 1998, up almost 10 percent from last year’s total of 248,670. The number of collegians involved in these programs on an ongoing basis also increased by 10 percent, from 105,490 in 1997 to 121,006 in 1998.
Total contributions to student missions — which includes contributions to state Baptist Student Union missions funds, campus-sponsored mission trip contributions and state student ministry department budgets for student missions — also increased, from $3,363,393 in ’97 to $3,912,525 in ’98.
“When it comes to student ministry, Southern Baptists continue to operate a world class program,” NSM Director Bill Henry said. “It’s great to be able to report another solid year for our ministry.”
Among other increases included in the ’98 report were:
— students preparing for church vocations, 18,625, up from 17,808;
— students involved in Bible study groups, 43,561, up from 41,292;
— campuses with evangelistic projects, 834, up from 563;
— African Americans involved in student ministry, 11,252, up from 9,145;
— churches, Sunday schools or missions students helped start, 373, up from 329.
Student conversions reported during ’98 totaled 7,293, down slightly from the ’97 total of 7,361. Other decreases included campuses with student ministry programs, 991, down from 1,056; internationals involved in student ministry, 9,698, down from 10,218; and students involved in missions, 28,728, down from 29,901.

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