The excitement is palpable. That beautiful noise of 50 fired-up students reconnecting after an extra-long separation is deafening in the best possible way.  

Earlier today, the Campus Ministry Leadership Team (CMLT) at Concordia University Wisconsin moved back to campus to prepare for another year of activities, ministries, and studies that are designed to do three things: seek the lost, strengthen the saved, and nurture Christian leaders.

Normally, the ministry leaders reunite and prepare away from campus at a highly-anticipated retreat, but this year, due to Covid-19, all training will take place on campus. As it turns out, there is no place the members of CMLT would rather be.

“Our students are so hungry for the community they have here,” says Associate Campus Pastor, Doug Bender. “While there is a lot of apprehension with Covid-19, there is even more excitement and energy among our student leaders to be back together on campus to share the joy of our faith and of our company.”

Like the retreat, many campus ministry activities will be modified this year in adherence to the campus Covid-19 guidelines. Bender has no doubt that the leadership team will find new and creative ways to energize students and accomplish their important work.

Campus Ministry is the most robust student organization on campus. CMLT oversees 18 different ministry opportunities that are organized in the following branches.

  • Campus Fellowship
  • Service to Milwaukee
  • Service to the World
  • Congregational Ministries
  • Worship Committee

To learn more about any of the ministry opportunities or to get involved, contact the Campus Ministry staff at

Of course, you can also just listen for the sounds of friendship, laughter, and joy and join right in. All are always welcome.

Check out scenes below from CMLT’s first day back on campus. Photos by Madelyne Arrigoni (’22)

— Lisa Liljegren is vice president of marketing and strategic communications.

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