CMI District Coordinators’ Meeting 2009 Best Practices Campus Ministry (What has worked for us over the years at Madison) Before we Begin… • We are not experts…only one ministry among thousands of college campuses nationwide… • The experience we have is limited to our work on our campus…there are many other valid methods and strategies…some you may be able to share from your experience.. • We do know WE are all called to minister…and the campuses are ready… Best Practices…What works God’s Will For You • Your core group/leader must have a burden/desire to reach the student group • You/they must pray & fast for: – – – – The burden (God gives, develops, intensifies) Wisdom (to make right decisions) Direction (where to start, how to accomplish) Faith (be convinced that this is worth your time, efforts, energy, tears, frustrations, joys, sorrows…) • Perseverance – talk more about that later Best Practices…What works Prayer • The group must be led by and filled with the Spirit of God • Not the only focus of the ministry but the driving force (God’s will) behind everything done… – Individual prayer – Group prayer Best Practices…What works The Leader (leadership) • Second most important Key to effective and sustainable campus ministry • Will ultimately determine the longevity and success of the ministry • Everything rises and falls on leadership Best Practices…What works for us Leadership (continued) • Encourage your ministry leaders to develop others in their ministry into leaders… – Even though they may not have arrived as a leader yet • Be subtle, gentle & encouraging – Understanding that there is no guarantee they will always remain in your ministry • Wherever they go they will be a blessing to others • God will bless your efforts even if they do move on Best Practices…What works for us Research your campus • Basic questions… – – – – How many students enrolled? How big is the campus itself? What are the busiest months of the school year? What are best days/hours/times to conduct outreach on campus? – Are students commuters or residents? – Is the campus scattered or clustered? Best Practices…What works for us Research your campus • The answers to these and other questions will impact… – – – – – How many people you need to minister On campus or off campus approach Outreach methods available to you Where on campus you can meet Best days for meetings • Other factors in the local church may also impact the above list. Best Practices…What works for us Ownership • Invest time and effort to foster a sense of ownership within the members of the ministry for the ministry – Way to do this… • • • • Casting the vision (more later) Delegating responsibilities for events, etc… Developing leadership skills in others Getting as many as possible involved, not just attending Best Practices…What works for us Ownership continued… • When that sense of “ownership” begins… – – – – – Delegation becomes easier More can be accomplished Members begin to realize their potential Leaders are developed The members are more likely to stay beyond schooling, making the ministry more sustainable. Best Practices…What works for us Unity • Key to accomplishing/fulfilling the will of God for each ministry • Keys to unity – Focus on God…focus on others – Casting the vision again and again – Make the ministry family (closeness) • Lifting up one another (being there for each other) Best Practices…What works for us The Vision • Built upon the purpose statement…why we are here • Your vision for this ministry when it is mature (goals for the group) • Your vision for the members of the ministry (goals for the individual members) Best Practices…What works for us The Vision (continued) • The purpose (vision) for the ministry can be multifaceted (but keep it simple) – Reaching out…with the message of Jesus Christ (Getting people saved) – Reaching in (keeping people saved) • As a support network for students/young adults • Developing members into saints (maturity) • Developing leaders for the present & future Best Practices…What works for us The Vision (continued) • Cast it again and again – To keep everyone focused • Balanced vision – Outreach – Reaching in Best Practices…What works for us Sustainability and Stability • Reach within the local assembly for leadership and membership – Makes ministry less transitional – Students are by nature less stable – Established saints can provide leadership and a stabilizing force for the students and ministry – Creates ownership for local assembly – (UW Madison Campus Ministry established 1966) Best Practices…What works for us Perseverance…(remember) • Never give in to discouragement – As David did…encourage yourself in the Lord • Numbers may be small at times – Members may cycle in and out – Treasure the relationships (past & present) • There will be struggles – lean times, hard times – Remember you’re in this for the long haul – It’s not about you but about Him (others) Best Practices…What works for us Perseverance…(remember) • Success is not measured in numbers alone – Lives impacted (over time numbers add up) – Seed sown (someone else may harvest) – Relationships Example of a Campus Ministry Purpose Statement CMI Badger Chapter - Madison • Reaching out to students at UW Madison and surrounding area campuses with the Apostolic Message • Serving as a support network to students to strengthen members spiritually and socially • Assisting high school students in making career decisions/life decisions as they transition into adulthood. Possible methods of ministry Individual Bible Studies Small group outreach Group Bible Studies Surveying Student Body Possible methods of ministry Through prayer Changing lives through conversion Group events - caroling Possible methods of ministry Group Outings Recreational Events Fellowship Keys to Effective Campus Ministry... Key: God’s will for you Key: Prayer Key: The Leader (leadership) Key: Research your campus Key: Ownership Key: Sustainability and Stability Key: Unity Key: The Vision Key: Perseverance Best Practices...moving campus ministry forward nationwide and in your region.. Questions for you… • How can we become more visible to the UPC youth as they leave the youth and head to college? – CMI presentations/info/sessions at Winter Youth and Senior Camp events – CMI presentation at National Youth Congress – should get equal time as Bible Colleges Best Practices...moving campus ministry forward nationwide and in your region.. Questions for you… • How would you characterize today’s college students and how does that impact how we reach out to them…or motivate them to reach out to others? Best Practices...moving campus ministry forward nationwide and in your region.. Questions for you… • Any of YOUR best practices that have worked well for you and would like to share? Questions from YOU??? Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!