Building Communities

InterVarsity’s vision is to see students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed, and world changers developed. To help staff realize this at colleges and universities across the country, InterVarsity offers ONS, orientation for new staff.

Before going out into the mission field of the college campus, one hundred twenty-six new staff members, the second largest group ever, are gathering in Madison, Wisconsin, June 18-27, to learn ministry techniques and be equipped to share God’s love within campus communities. This year’s participants come from diverse backgrounds, including Asian American, African American, and Latino staff.

Once on campus, as staff minister to college students, additional opportunities for training are provided within their geographic region. NISET, National Institute for Staff Education and Training, offers staff the chance to learn more about a certain ministry topic relevant to their position. Some of the NISET courses are also available for seminary credit.

The goals of ONS are to equip staff in helping to transform young lives, assist students in growing in love for God and expressing God’s care for all people. The main focus is to support new staff in building diverse witnessing communities of students and faculty.