What would it take for God to really knock the socks off of a local campus ministry and launch it into a new season of fruitfulness? What would it look like for your ministry dreams to come true? What would it take for every non-believer to know a true Christ follower at your school?
These are the kind of vision-shaking questions our staff team asked our student leaders at our Spring Summit, a one-night retreat from 1/31-2/1 for college ministry training, praying, planning and community. It was great! Here’s a pic of me emceeing at the event.
Ultimately, in order for these dreams to be a reality, our ministry needs to be based on a rock-solid model. Thankfully, the Lord gave our director this model years ago and it’s found right in scripture! Acts 2:42-47 reads: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
What we find here are four crucial ingredients to any fruitful and successful college movement. We call them the 4 Elements: Prayer // The Word // Evangelism // Relationships!
During our weekend together, we taught Biblically about each of these specifically and we both shared best practices for all of them, as well as allowed students to brainstorm fresh ideas they may want to try! A full list of our training is on jerseymetro.com but some of the ideas we’re excited about and which you can pray for are as follows.
For prayer, we’re asking our student leaders to get together regularly and cry out to God for his guidance and blessing in the ministry. For Bible, we’re asking our students to focus on an Ephesians verse-by-verse Bible study we’ve provided to them. For Evangelism, we want to both use a simple survey (called the QuEST Survey) to spark conversations and share the gospel with a simple tool called the “Knowing God Personally” Booklet. Finally, for community, we’re encouraging our students to really reach out to younger members of the movement and just enjoy a meal!
Pray for all the ministry efforts please! Pray God blesses them. Pray our students love Jesus first and do ministry from this overflow. Thank you!