Outside Affirmation

I got this text from a student I engaged last semester. He is a leader in another campus ministry and was really appreciative to meet us that first time (and then second and third). We prayed for him and showed him how we shared the gospel and ultimately followed up by training him in 411.

Our students are leading the work and they lead by example. I have gotten messages or calls like this from a number of leaders in a few campus ministries over the last year. Once, we almost never shared the gospel and we weren’t making disciples (or an impact for the kingdom) but now our reputation is preceding us. God has been so gracious to us.

Local Ownership

The working definition for #NoPlaceLeft is:

Local ownership of the core missionary task for all peoples and places.

For this place and these peoples, it sure seems like this is the beginning of the end. I can’t tell you how encouraged I am to see students taking ownership of planning our fall launch. We (staff) would normally start on this ourselves a little later in the spring.

Multiply it, Lord!

Reproducing Training

Jeff is a brother who serves as campus missionary at Eastern Kentucky University BCM. He and I serve on adjacent teams within the national committee called Baptist Collegiate Network, or BCNet.

Jeff reached out to me to ask some questions about 3 Circles because he had seen some of my updates here and on Twitter related to that tool and our process for disciple making. We talked for a while on that first video call and we set up a second video call to run through our 411 Training.

That following week, he trained his BCM leadership team and then they trained most of the rest of the ministry. He shared with me how he had led some other trainings as well – and was even asked by a state leader to train other BCM campus missionaries in 411.

We recently had a call to discuss how to train large groups. The pictures above are from that training.

Think about the implications of this. I trained Jeff and his intern in about an hour over a video call. Now he has trained hundreds of other believers to make disciples. This is a game changer.

If you’d like to be trained in 411, contact me.

Kingdom Partnership

Pictured above are 3 of our Appalachian State students surrounded by the #NoPlaceLeft team based in South Florida. One of our students has family in that area and the 3 of them were visiting them over Spring Break. During their in South Florida, they visited the SFL NPL team church. This team has blessed me in many ways, and this took it to another level. They welcomed our students in to their church, gave them responsibilities during the meeting, and laid hands on them and prayed over them.

One of the challenges and opportunities in doing #NoPlaceLeft movements work on a college campus is that we have a limited time with every student who comes our way. We have to have a vision for them that exists before they arrive and doesn’t end when we launch them off from graduation. One critical component in this vision is how we launch them when they leave. There are many #NoPlaceLeft teams across the U.S. and we want to mobilize kingdom laborers to embed in local strategies in cities all across the country.

We represent separate #NoPlaceLeft teams, but we are running after the same vision in different places. We are family and I’m so grateful for this family.

Grace Raleigh Leader’s Training

Midway through January one of my Timothys (Matthew) and I spent the weekend in Raleigh to lead the Grace Raleigh / Grace Christian Life Emerging Servants’ Summit. The event was Friday night and all-day Saturday and we stayed through Sunday as I preached for their weekly gathering. We trained 70 over the course of the weekend and saw 5 students decide to follow Jesus during our time in the harvest!

Berk Wilson and Ed Russ are their lead pastors/elders. They have bee faithfully laboring at NCSU and in Raleigh for over 2 decades and they are on fire!

It is so encouraging to serve and learn from other churches who are implementing the Four Fields strategy. God is doing a good work in Raleigh!

Harvest time was awesome: 25 teams engaged 84 people, prayed with 56 people, and shared the gospel with 16. Of those who heard the gospel, 5 were ready to turn and believe and there were 7 who wanted to meet again! The harvest is truly plentiful!

Collegiate Collective – Top 5 Articles of 2017


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My article on Staff-led vs. Student-led Ministry made it into the Top 5 Articles of 2017 on the Collegiate Collective.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute and especially thankful that it ended up being helpful to others!

If you haven’t read it, go take a look. Then read read the rest of the Top 5. By the time you finish, I expect you’ll be hooked.

From Campus to Community

I’ve only recently discovered that I’m more of a “Church Planting Movements” guy than I am a strictly “Collegiate” guy. When I look at a college student, I don’t see their year in school, their major, or their age. I see a potential church planter and movement catalyst.

Today was a special day that reminded me of something important. In the center of the picture above is one of our guys who is graduating in just a few short weeks. He has spent this last school year with us, leaning in from the very beginning. Every time we would go out into the harvest, Jordan was with us. He’s quiet, huble, and committed. Over the course of this year, he has been faithfully (and quietly) reproducing our training and practices in his home church in Ronda, NC (pop. 417). Today, he had arranged for a small group of us to come down the mountain to model Entry Strategy for them.

A wide-angle of this picture would reveal that in this group are his pastor, his parents, one of his Timothys (a disciple he is intentionally mentoring), and his Timothy’s grandfather, among others. As a young man not even out of college yet, Jordan is helping to lead his legacy church into the harvest to make disciples.

If we raise the bar and set higher expectations for our students, they will turn the world upside down. We will still coach him and connect with him from a distance, but he is a great example of one way God can use college students post-college to spark movement beyond their campus for the gospel and the kingdom of God.