From ‘boys’ to ‘men’ ministry is reaching out

There are no ‘boys’ around here. Campus Boys changed their name recently because they want to portray a different reputation to the student body.

“We want to be more like men in Christ, rather than boys,” sophomore exercise sports science major John Jimenez said. “Jesus Christ was a man, and that’s who we learn from, the man we want to be like.”

The name change from boys to men brings new hope to the leaders to project a fresh appeal to male students around campus.

“The main reason why we did change is because we’re hoping the new name brings more interest,” sophomore cell biology major Andrew Christian said. “And with that new name it needs to be a revival for guys.”

Students have known about the men-only ministry through advertisements and announcements given in chapel and at Focus.

In years past, the organization didn’t receive much encouragement and was

Campus Men leaders John Jimenez, Chase Brown and Andrew David Christian are volunteering at Helping Hands, building a medical clinic for the uninsured.

Campus Men leaders John Jimenez, Chase Brown and Andrew David Christian are volunteering at Helping Hands, building a medical clinic for the uninsured.

led by one person.

“It’s a lot different this year because three guys lead, and we are getting a lot of support from the BSM,” Christian said, “Shawn Shannon is really helping to make it big this year.”

The leaders want more men to be involved.

“The population of guys on this campus isn’t small and insignificant,” Christian said. “We need to have our own way to represent who we are as Christian men.”

A main goal for members is to reach the unreachable.

A passion for one leader is building relationships with employees on campus.

“John has been trying to establish friendships with these men,” Christian said.

“We want to help those who are lost and minister to them; it’s not just a Bible study or a select group of friends,” he said. “Our group is steadily increasing and we want these guys to invite their friends and people that don’t even go (to school) here.”

This ministry is one for all men to get involved with and serve in a Christ-like manner not only on campus, but in the community as well.

Every Friday, organization members carpool to the Helping Hands Center in Belton, volunteering to build a health clinic for the uninsured and under insured.

“We try to get new guys and make it like a brotherhood by keeping accountability for each other and helping each other grow,” senior sports management major Kinzey Joiner said.

The men meet at the Baptist Student Ministry near the Meyer Christian Studies building Fridays at 2 p.m. and head to Helping Hands.

“It’s really cool that we can be so personal and honest with each other every week and everyone keeps coming back,” Joiner said. “We want more guys involved to make a big impact on campus.”

Author: Andra Holbrooks

Andra is a senior Mass Communication/Journalism major from Aledo, TX. She is the Features Page Editor for The Bells. Andra loves spending time with her family, roommates and friends. Although her time at UMHB will soon come to an end, she will always hold the Crusader family dearly in her heart. Her adventure of becoming Features Editor for The Bells began in 2008. Being a writer was not a profession she ever imagined pursuing, but she is thankful for the opportunity God has given her to do so. She enjoys page designing and writing feature stories. After graduation in May, she hopes to use her degree by working for a magazine or reporting for a news station.

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