Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry serves the students, faculty, and staff of Concordia University Texas through proclaiming the truth, salvation, and love of Jesus Christ. 
He is the sole purpose of our ministry. We work and live for Him and furthering His Kingdom. (John 14:6)

CTX Campus Ministry

The Theme for the Year

Our theme for 2019-2020 is "Walking With... : Where are you going, and with whom?".  Based on the post-resurrection narrative of the disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35), our university community has chosen to focus on what it means to journey with Jesus and with each other.  The resurrected Christ has come to us, and though we did not recognize him, he opened the Scriptures to us, breaks bread with us, and causes our hearts to "burn within us" (verse 32), calling us to reach out to others for the sake of the Gospel.

In this spirit, we also consider this year the "great cloud of witnesses" (Hebrews 11 and 12) that has and does walk with us in the faith:  the saints of God, examples of faith who we commemorate.  From ancient Church mothers and fathers to more recent theologians, missionaries, artists, and teachers, we celebrate the gifts God gives to his kingdom in those who walk with us.

This theme permeates our worship, our devotional life, and we prayerfully consider it in our university's events and decisions as we walk together with our saving God. 

Prayer Requests

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”  Romans 12:12

The Campus Ministry Team at Concordia wants to be able to pray for your needs, so we are collecting prayer requests from our Concordia family.  We encourage and invite you to send your prayer requests to prayers@concordia.edu.

If you want your request to be confidential (just for Pastor Fick), simply put “Confidential” in the subject line.  All other requests will be prayed for by the Campus Ministry Prayer Team, which is currently Andrea McDonald, Pat Fick, and Pastor Fick, but we welcome others to join us!  If you are interested in becoming part of this prayer team, please email andrea.mcdonald@concordia.edu.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7

Chapel and COVID-19 Response

We currently do not plan to have regular chapel services for the remainder of Spring 2020.  A Daily Devotional will begin on March 30, e-mailed to all Staff, Faculty, and Students.

For pastoral care, contact:  Pastor Steve Fick (512-695-2087)

Due to COVID-19 and our university's decision to work entirely remotely for the remainder of Spring 2020, we will no longer meet together for chapel, but we are called to pray continually, to not give up meeting together, and to continue our life's worship of being transformed by the renewing of our minds by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Therefore, we encourage our campus community in:

  • their individual devotional life, daily reading the Word, remembering Christ's forgiveness, spending time in prayer, and asking God for ways to grow in faith and help our neighbor;
  • their connection to their church family, finding ways to serve alongside them even at a distance, praying for their health and safety, and contributing financially and otherwise when possible for the continued mission of the Church; and
  • their connection to other members of our community, in their life together, reaching out as often as we can to encourage and pray for one another in our life together.

Pray with each other, sing when we can, and hold on to those bits of Scripture and song we have shared nearly every day for the past months.   Please look for our Daily Devotion each day beginning March 30, and consider using some of the resources (see the Resources tab above).

As we said every day in chapel for the last 8 months:  "... walk with us, saving God."

Resources

Help

For pastoral counseling, spiritual care, someone to pray with, and encouragement, please contact our Campus Pastor, Pastor Fick (click the "Campus Ministry Team" tab above for his contact information, including cell phone and e-mail.)

Students and community experiencing an emergency should contact Emergency Resources, seek medical care when necessary, and please let us know how we can pray for you.

If you're a member of our campus community and looking for information about our community's COVID-19 response or need more resources because of it, please see our university's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information.

Spiritual Growth

Regular time in God's Word is important!  Consider using one of the following resources to help augment your time in Scripture:

  • YouVersion (especially the app version) has lots of great Bible Studies which can be done individually or in groups.  https://www.bible.com/reading-plans
  • Right Now Media has a ton of videos for personal study, kids, families, pastors, teachers, and more!  To get access to this program text RIGHTNOW CTX to 41411.  You will need to build your profile and create a password.
  • https://www.facebook.com/21DaysTogether/ is a resource of encouragement during the pandemic brought to you by the Red Letter Challenge.

Mission and Outreach

Outreach: We seek to live on mission with Jesus every day so we can share His amazing love and salvation with others (Matthew 28:16-20; Romans 4:25-5:8).

Here are five questions that help us FOCUS on living on mission with Jesus every day.

  1. Where do I see Jesus at work around me?
  2. What am I learning from God's Word?
  3. What conversations am I having with others?
  4. How can I serve others?
  5. How can I pray for you?

Missions:  Want to learn about other cultures, lend a helping hand, and share your faith? Check out the opportunities at Student Ministry and Missions.

Campus Ministry Team
Pastor Steven Fick

Pastor Steven Fick, M.Div 
Campus Pastor
Office:  F-211
Cell (call or text): 512-695-2087

 Josh Chai

Joshua Chai, DMA
University Cantor
Assistant Professor of Music
Office:  B-212
joshua.chai@concordia.edu 

 Patricia Fick

Patricia Fick 
Coordinator of Student Ministries
Office:  F-218
patricia.fick@concordia.edu
Phone:  512-313-4331

 Andrea McDonald

Andrea McDonald 
Administrative Assistant
Office:  F-217
andrea.mcdonald@concordia.edu
Phone:  512-313-4332

 Carl Trovall Picture

Carl C. Trovall, Ph.D
The Richard J. Dinda Professor of Lutheran Identity and Mission
Office: C-161
carl.trovall@concordia.edu
Phone: 512-313-5401