UD Students Answer Call to Serve

'Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord' Ignite Passsion for Service

 Date Published: Oct. 16, 2017

While it is all too easy for students to approach their disciplines in a purely theoretical manner, the Neuhoff School of Ministry has made sure that pastoral ministry majors bring their studies beyond the classroom by sponsoring its own student organization: Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord.

Founded in the spring semester of 2014, the Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord meets every other week for an evening of fellowship to provide undergraduate pastoral ministry students with personal spiritual formation, as well as an opportunity to organize service and outreach projects.

"This club was made by pastoral ministers with the idea that they could take the engaging discussions from the School of Ministry classrooms and place them in an atmosphere that was welcoming to all students here at UD."

Matthew Crews, senior pastoral ministry major and president of the organization, explained, “This club was made by pastoral ministers with the idea that they could take the engaging discussions from the classrooms of the School of Ministry and place them in an atmosphere that was welcoming to all students and majors here at the University of Dallas. For the pastoral ministers, this club is a chance for greater outreach and networking for them in multiple forms of ministry.”

By providing opportunities for outreach, Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord allows pastoral ministry majors to foster their calling to serve. Among their most successful charitable endeavors was a blanket drive last year for families and children in need of community homes and housing facilities. This year, they plan to start a Catholic Green Initiative, a program inspired by Franciscan theology and its emphasis on the human responsibility to cultivate and care for God’s creation. Crews said, “We recognize that there is a greater need to recycle on campus, and to help with that we are currently working on allowing students to come give their plastic grocery bags to be recycled.”

"We hope to add more service projects throughout the school year to allow students more opportunities to serve the community."

In terms of long-term goals, Crews said that the organization will continue to promote occasions for service, bringing the pastoral ministry program to the rest of the student body. “By doing so, we also hope to add more service projects throughout the school year to allow students more opportunities to serve the community,” he said.

In this way, Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord serves not only to guide pastoral ministry majors and nurture their vocation as ministers; it also strives to make all UD students, regardless of their majors, aware of their calling to serve as laity.

"The Coworkers in the Vineyard of the Lord is a call to the whole university to minister to one another."

“Our club was founded so that all majors at the University of Dallas, not just pastoral ministry majors, could be made aware of the various forms of ministry that they may be called to serve in,” Crews explained. “With this as our goal and mission, the Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord is a call to the whole university to minister to one another.”

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