If you are in the initial launching stages of a gospel movement on campus, or are re-launching, it’s best to think of it like starting a fire.
It may not look like much at first, not like the big splash of an event that draws a crowd, but with this method you will be reaching people for Christ right away, finding leaders rather than getting stuck with all the work-load, and establishing something that carries it’s own momentum far beyond what you could accomplish or maintain.
Ministry Cycle: Prayer, Evangelism, Bible, Community
Step 1: Prayer
Pray for the campus, with the campus and on the campus. Register with EveryCampus.com to prayer-walk the campus and see who you can get to go with you. While you’re at it, see if there are any active Christian clubs listed on the campus website, or other gospel centered churches nearby and invite them to join you.
For bonus points, while you’re on the campus, try doing a little “campus decoding.” Learn about parking, security, internet access, community hot spots on campus, popular school events, calendar, school newspaper, etc.
Step 2: Evangelism
This sounds WAY more scary than it is. Honestly, most students love to talk, so visit the campus again with a 5-question survey. Detailed training here.
- Non-Christians: If they show interest in spiritual things, offer to read the Knowing God Personally booklet together with them.
- Christians: Give them a Satisfied booklet and invite them to be a part of the movement. Get their info and challenge them using the method in these videos.
Step 3: Bible Study
As you continue to head out regularly engaging with students on campus, it is important to create a space where they everyone can grow in their knowledge of God through the Bible.
A great place to start is by looking at how the first church started in Acts 2 and what contribution to the Kingdom this campus group is uniquely equipped to make. Here is a suggested study outline for whether your group is 2-20 people or more than 20.
These Element Leader Cards will help you all divide up roles and see resources to help plan the days ahead. Getting recognized as a club by the college can be an essential step in helping your group build roots at this point.
Step 4: Community
As we grow in our knowledge and love of God, we will naturally grow in our love for each other, our neighbors and the ends of the earth. Here are some resources to help you:
- Each Other:
- Local Church:
- Other Clubs:
- Surrounding Community:
- The Globe: