Although the overwhelming logistics of planning a summer project (housing, jobs, food, etc.) can be enough to make a campus minister’s head spin, there are some big picture areas a ministry needs to get right as well.
There is success when staff engage in Ministry Partnership Development as a spiritual exercise, where God empowers them to take risks and recognize His divine orchestration for the sake of Kingdom growth.
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Over the past 20 years, the US has seen a surge in short-term missions. With all of these Christians flooding into ministry opportunities, you’d think that long-term ministry commitments would be skyrocketing as well. You’d think that, but you’d be wrong.
Many people have misconceptions about Christianity, thinking acceptance into Heaven is based on our ability to follow Jesus’ example and obey his teachings. In reality, Jesus didn’t come to show the way to salvation; he came to be the way.
Discipleship must contain authentic relationship and systematic Biblical training. If you take shortcuts in either area you will struggle to produce fruitful disciples. Here’s some ideas for building deeper relationships with those you disciple…
The overwhelming potential for spiritual multiplication through discipleship haunts me. It also drives me. That is one of the reasons I do college ministry. Even a small college ministry that multiplies disciples can impact thousands of people in just a few years.
More and more I am meeting college students who have never studied the Word of God & don’t even know how to do it.… https://t.co/S0K0xM7ul2@CampusMinToday
Sexual sin. Depression. Anorexia. Homosexual feelings. Suicidal tendencies. When I first started in ministry 20 years ago, if you were facing one of the above, we sent you off to counseling. These days, however, pastoral scenarios like these seem to occur weekly. Daily. Hourly.
From crazy frat guys to ladies on their way to seminary, they’re coming at you with questions. And that’s a good thing. But we need to remember it’s not the main thing. As important as the Scriptures are, do not let these…
After two decades of helping lead college students through the jungle of controversial subjects in today’s world, I’m not sure that giving them the perfect answer is the goal. It’s taking time to sit down and hear their frustrations, questions, and suggestions…