Making Disciples of Jesus on University Campuses

Established campus ministry discipling university students in order to grow them as disciples and equip them to make disciples among their peers on campus and wherever they go after graduation.  

SCF exists on two campuses, University of Evansville, a small private liberal arts school, student population 2,200, and University of Southern Indiana, a mid-sized state school, student population 10,000.  SCF at both campuses has the same vision and training for students, but DMM principles are applied in slightly different ways based on the different cultures of the campuses. The number of staff has changed from year to year on each campus ranging anywhere from 2-4 staff on each campus; each staff focuses on one campus.

TARGET AUDIENCE

University Students (age 17-24) and recent alumni

OBJECTIVE

Teach students to listen to God so they can grow in loving God, loving others, and making disciples.  Also to equip them with simple tools to help them communicate the gospel and multiply disciples on campus and after they graduate.

CASE STUDY

Campus ministry staff adapted DMM tools and principles learned from Curtis Sergeant’s Metacamp to pass them on to believers in discipleship groups of 2-3 people and to help seekers discover Jesus in discovery groups.

Staff started by meeting with small groups of students (2-3) for weekly 3/3rd groups.  If the students in these groups were believers, the staff would also pass on different tools to help students continue growing in following Jesus.  If the students were not believers yet, they would just do the 3/3rds. As students were ready, they would initiate and start leading their own discovery or discipleship groups.  The staff continues coaching the students who are taking steps of obedience. In the same way, students coach other students whom they have trained and are taking steps of obedience. Almost none of the 3/3rds groups continue from one year to the next.  Almost all students start new groups each year without staying in a consistent group themselves.

We aim to see multiplication of discipleship groups of Christians within a school year, so we train for approximately 10 weeks and hope to see students multiplying within a year.  Our dream is to see those we disciple learning to listen to God and take steps of obedience. When they are growing in this way, we trust that God will multiply the groups.

RESULTS 

Over the course of 5 years, the campus ministry staff, along with students they have trained, have been discipling other students.  Approximately 360 students have been discipled. All of the students attending the campus ministry have either been discipled or have been invited into a discipleship group.  Most of the students in discipleship groups have been believers, but approximately 50 per cent have not been part of the campus ministry. These discipleship groups among Christian students have multiplied fairly consistently to the 2nd generation with 3 streams to the 4th generation.  Starting in the 2018-2019 school year we have started seeing multiplication of discipleship groups within a school year.  

Since Fall 2014, 23 discovery groups have been started, but they have not been sustained, either because the students lose interest or graduate/transfer/return to home country.  To date, of the non-christians who have been discovering Jesus, none have chosen to follow Jesus and baptized yet. And we have not seen multiplication among non-believers.  

Two Simple churches have been started by alumni and a few others are leading one simple church in Evansville, Louisville, and Tampa (respectively). 

NOTE – This case study is still in progress. Please check back for updates.

TIME NEEDED [ MEDIUM/HIGH ]

  • Weekly discipleship/discovery groups (45 min to 2 hours per group, depending on time available.  Staff may be leading 1-2, students leading 0-1)
  • Weekly or every-other-week coaching (1 hour per person/group being coached)
  • Prayer (personally determined)
  • CHAT group (1-2 hours per week – every staff and trained student is encouraged to be part of an accountability group)
  • Time in the harvest (1-2 hours per week – every staff and trained student is encouraged to spend time intentionally among the lost by being with friends, prayerwalking, evangelism, etc)
  • Occasional gatherings with leaders for vision-casting 
  • *no one is doing all of these things at once, but everyone is taking steps in these areas

PEOPLE NEEDED [ LOW ]

  • Campus ministry staff to provide consistency as students graduate and move away

OTHER RESOURCES NEEDED [ LOW ]

  • Location (campus common areas and/or students’ dorms/apartments/houses)
  • Tools (adapted by staff)
  • Metacamp training is required for staff
  • Metacamp training for a group of students every few years

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The majority of these tools are the same as are taught in Zume, although we adapted them for our context after attending Curtis Sergeant’s Metacamp Module 1 and 2.

These tools are not in any sequential order.  Each disciple and group of disciples is unique, so listening to the Spirit is essential when training disciples.

All the tools can be seen and downloaded at SCF’s website.  Each tool is linked in the list below: http://www.studentchristianfellowship.org/discipleship-network/