New Ministry: The Foundery // Savannah, GA

Over the course of 2012 we’ll be following several NEW and RE-STARTING college ministries–all the way from Alaska to Florida! The post today is from Kevin Veitinger, pastor of  The Founderya new UM community serving with students of Savannah College of Art & Design and the surrounding community in Savannah, GA.

Ten years ago, I was in the middle of my time serving as Director of Student Ministries at an Episcopal church in Lakeland, Florida.  We had a thriving college ministry, but all of sudden we hit a slight snag.  The problem was that we had students who stuck around for a while after graduation and wanted to continue to be part of our ministry.  Furthermore, there were parishioners of the church that felt more at home with the set up of our college gathering than what was going on in the larger congregation.  Several years later, while serving a church in Ft. Lauderdale, I ran into the same problem.  Every time I tried to set up a college specific ministry, it attracted people of all ages.

These experiences got me thinking.  I had seen some amazing campus ministries, where the traditional set up worked, but most of them seemed to be at the bigger state schools.  A great example of that is the Wesley Foundation in my hometown, and alma mater, Florida State University.  However, I started thinking about what happens in an atypical college town, or at a school that does not have a traditional setup.  To add to this, based on my experiences, was there a way to have a vibrant ministry aimed at students that also serves the bigger community?

photo by KenLund on flickr (creative commons)When I got to Savannah, GA, I encountered the Savannah College of Art and Design, and realized all of those challenges were present.   How could we design a ministry that would effectively serve a school whose campus was spread out over all of downtown Savannah?  SCAD students like to stick around Savannah and start businesses and families.  Is our ministry no longer relevant to them?

So, that is what brings us here.  I thought to myself, “What would it look like if we planted a church downtown whose main goal was to reach out to SCAD students, but also serves the greater community?”  That was the question that launched the ideas that have shaped The Foundery.”

More info on The Foundery go to their website: http://www.thefndry.com , find them on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thefndry , and follow on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/thefndry.   //  The video below gives further information about the Foundery, how it got its name, and its beginnings.

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