'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.”