Slightly less than half of Americans rate clergy highly on honesty and ethics, an all-time low. (The poll first asked about the clergy in 1977.) Worse, only one-third of millennials - 18 to 34 years old, which includes most college students - trust clergy members.
This is both a challenge and an opportunity for campus pastors. We can't changed what previously happened that led to this decline in trust, but we can seek to change this perception - if only among those we are privileged to serve - by reflecting Jesus Christ with honest and ethical behavior.
"So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any
participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility
count others more significant than yourselves.4 Let each of you look not only to
his own interests, but also to the interests of others.5 Have this mind among
yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,6 who, though he was in the form of
God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,7 but made himself
nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.8 And
being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point
of death, even death on a cross