4 Reasons Churches Should Do More On College Campuses

College campuses are an often-neglected mission field. To be fair, it is a challenging mission field and many churches are unsure how to effectively minister in that context. However, it is worth the effort. Here are four reasons churches should strive to do more on college campuses.

1- College campuses are a great place to reach the nations.

According to US News and World Report the number of international students on college campuses in the US has grown 72% since the year 2000. Some estimate that there are over one million international students on our campuses.

We no longer have to send missionaries overseas to reach the nations; we can now go to our local college campuses and do the very same thing for a much smaller financial investment. For those who are passionate about reaching the nations, college campuses are a great place to focus their efforts.

2- Students are the next generation of church leaders.

If we fail to reach college age students, we are failing to reach and disciple the next generation of church leaders. Ignoring this age bracket jeopardizes the future health of our churches.

3- Christian students need to be mobilized to reach their peers.

There are Christian students on college campuses, and many times they feel as though they are all alone. Working with Christian campus ministries creates a network of believers who can then be equipped to reach their peers for Christ.

4- Students of other faiths are often searching for answers to life’s big questions.

The influx of international students to our college campuses creates a unique opportunity. The college-age years in a person’s life are where searching takes places. Many of the international students are adherents to other faiths. They, too, are searching for answers and Christians need to be ready to provide those answers.

I realize college campuses are a difficult place to minister. I realize there are challenges that will have to be strategically overcome. However, we must understand that the mission field has come to us on our college campuses, and we would be unwise to simply ignore this opportunity because it is difficult.

Churches must do more on our college campuses.

What are some ideas you have about how churches can reach out on our college campuses? Please comment below.

5 Reasons Churches Should Do More Off-Site

Anytime a church has property and buildings there is a tendency for that property and buildings to become the focus of the ministry. At times, the desire to utilize the facilities leads the church to do as much ministry on-site as possible. In doing so, the church becomes a fortress of sorts that unnecessarily removes the church from the community. This passive shift has some dangerous consequences.

First, ministry becomes only about what happens on the church’s property. Second, evangelism becomes focused on getting the lost to the church on Sundays to hear the Gospel instead of getting the churched to reach out to the lost and share the Gospel each and every day. Third, fellowship is limited to church functions at the church.

To help combat this, the church needs to intentionally do more off-site. Admittedly, our church has done a poor job of this in the past, but we are looking forward to taking more of our ministry into the community and off of church property.

There are several things that doing more ministry off-site will do.

1- It will teach the congregation that the Church is more than a building.

We know this to be true, but we often fail to live this out practically.

2- It helps the church take its eyes of itself.

By only ever meeting for church functions at the church facilities the church grows increasingly inwardly focused. Doing more off-site helps remedy that problem.

3- It gives the community a chance to see the church in action.

I love the idea of having baptisms in a public place, such as the beach or a lake. Why? It allows others in the community to see an important aspect of the Christian faith. It doesn’t have to just be baptism, but any activity the church does in a public place shows a lost world the reality of the genuine love and fellowship that is shared among believers.

4- It helps the church break out of the stronghold of tradition.

Why do churches typically only ever meet at church buildings for church functions? Well, that is how it has always been done. While that answer is not exactly accurate, it is how many people think. Sometimes we have to be intentional about breaking out of the stronghold of tradition.

5- It gets church members used to living out their faith in public instead of in private.

Too many Christians only live their faith out while at church. Some people may find meeting in a public place to be uncomfortable. Why? One reason may be that they are not used to living out their faith any place other than the church building. Doing ministry off-site helps combat this.

There are probably other reasons why churches should do more off-site, but these are a few of the reasons that have convinced me of the necessary of more off-site ministry.

What are some other reasons churches should consider doing more off-site? Comment Below!

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5 Ways to Keep Easter Momentum

Easter Sunday is always a big Sunday for churches. Attendance is usually higher than usual, there are more visitors present, and those ‘once-every-now-and-then’ members usually show up. With as great as Easter Sunday usually is, the Sunday after Easter is usually back to business as usual. The momentum that was gained on Easter is lost and the excitement that was present is gone.

So here is the question: How can churches keep the momentum and excitement that is present on Easter Sunday?

As I have thought about this question I realized that there are things that are done in preparation for Easter that make it special. If churches want to keep the same excitement and energy that they experience on Easter Sunday they must constantly practice those things that helped make Easter Sunday so special to begin with.

So what is it that we need to keep doing? Here are 5 suggestions.

1- Keep Praying

There is usually a lot of prayer that goes into the Easter service. We pray for those who will be visiting, we pray for the pastor who will be preaching, we pray for God to speak to those present, we pray for distractions to be removed. Why not keep that prayer focus each week? Why restrict that to special services? Perhaps we don’t see God work on Sundays other than Easter because we do not spend the same amount of time praying for Him to do so. [Tweet “We don’t see God work on Sundays other than Easter because we do not pray for Him to do so.”]

2- Keep Inviting

I realize that people will consider going to church on Easter more than any other Sunday, but that should not keep us from inviting our friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers. Research says that 80% of people are somewhat likely to attend church if they are simply invited. Why only focus on inviting people on Easter Sunday? Should this not be a constant focus?

3- Keep Preparing

It is amazing the preparation that goes into Easter Sunday. Certainly there are events surrounding Easter that can’t be reproduced each week, but we can still put forth effort in preparing for the worship service. We can strive for excellence each week. Volunteers can approach their ministries each week with the same enthusiasm, the same excitement, and the same level of preparedness. It makes a difference to visitors and members alike.

4- Keep Anticipating

One thing that makes Easter Sunday so special is that everyone is eagerly anticipating the service, the increased number of visitors, and seeing what God is going to do. What if we approached every Sunday with that same expectancy? Is God any less powerful on Sundays other than Easter? Is He less willing to change lives? Obviously the answer is ‘no,’ so why not come to church each week expecting God to work? As a side note, we will not anticipate God to work in the worship services that we do not pray for or prepare for.

5- Keep Being Involved

There is usually more member involvement in the Easter Service. The more that people are involved the more they take ownership. What would happen if people came to church each week asking how they can help? This happens each Easter, but should be a reality each week.

There is no doubt that Easter Sunday will always be a special Sunday, but that does not mean the others can’t be. I am convinced that if we keep praying, inviting, preparing, anticipating, and being involved that every Sunday can be a special Sunday for your church.