As we consider Matthew 28:18-20...
And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."...we are gripped by God's call on our life to be laborers.
...we are gripped by Jesus's invitation to know Him and make disciples.
There are 150 million college students in the world; most do not know Christ in a personal way. Many go on to become doctors, teachers, politicians, and leaders in their professional careers and communities. College is a crucial time to impact students' lives with the love of Jesus. While students often believe they are making choices only for their time in college, the reality is that these decisions impact them for a lifetime and often for eternity. Imagine how different our world would look if tomorrow's leaders knew Christ in a personal way. Our desire is to reach college students today with the love of Christ so they can impact the world tomorrow.
We are joining an existing team with Cru that reaches out to college campuses in the St. Louis metro area. We are truly excited about the possibilities within our new role, as we seek to turn lost students into Christ-centered laborers. There are over 250,000 college students and over 30 campuses in our scope.
We want our ministry to be characterized by two things. First, we want to be known for pursuing Jesus and leading others to do the same. We believe that ministry should come from the overflow of our personal walks with Jesus, and not the other way around. Second, we want to empower students to do ministry themselves. Rather than building ministries that are dependent upon us, we want students to build movements that are dependent on Jesus.
COLLEGE STUDENTS TODAY:
We think we need to ask, "who is the US college student today?" The students on campus are not the same as the ones that were in college 5 years ago. They have had different experiences, different ways of thinking, and are motivated by different things. In order to be effective in ministry to these students, we need to learn who they are. We want to spend time engaging with students, asking them good questions, and giving them space to think deeply.
When we step on campus, we are thinking, "how can I create disciple-making evagelists today?" Our strategy comes down to sharing the Gospel, building up students through discipleship, and sending them out to live on mission. We want our movements to be led by students, and we want our student leaders to be sharing the Gospel and discipling students as well. We see college as a training ground for the rest of a student's life; if a student begins to see the world as a mission field now, they will continue to share their faith, start bible studies, and be an active member in their church for the rest of their life.
A typical day on campus begins with meeting students for discipleship. Discipleship time is split between reading the Bible together and sharing our faith with someone else. There is a Prayer and Share time for about an hour that any of our involved students can attend. During this time, we pair up all the students that come, we pray, and then go out to share our faith. We might end our time on campus attending a Bible Study that a student is leading in their dorm.
WOULD YOU JOIN US:
As we look at the Great Commission above, we notice that this is Jesus's command for all Christians. Jesus is calling every believer to make disciples of all nations. We want to ask you to consider partnering with us in ministry. As you partner with us, you are participating in the Great Commission. There are 4 ways you can take part in the Great Commission:
1. Going: Going means be on mission wherever God has planted you. For us, this looks like going to college campuses and talking about Jesus and raising up students there, but for you, it may be different. Maybe it means being intentional in your neighborhood or starting a Bible study at work. Will you "go" with us by being on mission wherever you are?
2. Giving: Like many other mission organizations, Cru depends upon the consistent financial support of concerned individuals and churches to pay for the salaries and ministry expenses of its staff members. We need to raise monthly support as well as annual gifts to be fully-funded and report to campus. Will you consider giving a monthly gift to help us get to campus soon?
3. Praying: Prayer is essential to fulfilling the Great Commission! As we pray, God hears us and He moves. We are building a team of people who will commit to praying for us. We send out monthly ministry updates to share how God is moving and prayer needs by email. We also want to be praying for you, so please reply to our email with the ways that we can interceded for you. Will you partner with us in prayer?
4. Mobilizing: Mobilization is defined as, "the action of organizing and encouraging a group of people to take collective action in pursuit of a particular objective." We need people who are willing to connect us to others they know who are also missionally-minded to help us get to campus as quickly as possible. Will you be a mobilizer for us?
Carrie and I are grateful that you would consider partnering with us in helping reach college students and the world. Thank you for being an instrument of God's provision in our lives as we go out as laborers into His harvest.
Together for Christ,
Mike & Carrie Carr
Mike and Carrie Carr