It is the age of the “yuppie,” when wealth, prestige, and power are hotly pursued. But nearly 1,500 college students and young professionals gathered recently to discuss values of a radically different nature.
The young Christians came to Chicago for an Inter-Varisty Christian Fellowship (IVCF) conference called Marketplace ’86. It was the student organization’s first large-scale attempt “to wrestle with our responsibility to help young people follow Christ through life,” especially life in the work world, said conference director Pete Hammond.
The conference brought together 160 mentors—professionals known for their Christian lifestyle in the work place—to run seminars and counsel delegates. Hammond said IVCF wanted to change the misconception that “you are a second-class Christian if you don’t become a full-time [Christian] worker.”
Agents Of Transformation
Sociologist Tony Campolo of Eastern College in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, urged the delegates to “invade every sector of the social system that we might be the agents of transformation.” He stressed the need for “ordinary people doing extraordinary things in ordinary places.”
Campolo questioned the yuppie desire “to go where everyone has gone, to do what everybody has done, to be where everybody has been.” Instead, he said, Christian young people should be agents of change. Referring to the television series “Star Trek,” Campolo said Christians should “boldly go where no man has gone.”
At Eastern College, Campolo is involved with a master of business administration program in which students are committed to taking their entrepreneurial skills to the ...1
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