How to Do a
Campus Alliance Sunday
Sunday Church Service Planning Guide
Purpose of the Service
To challenge Christians in every local church to help accomplish the Great
Commission by mobilizing students to evangelistic ministry at school and motivating adults
to fully support them.
Church Service Objectives
- To Communicate Urgency
This generation is in desperate need of Gods truth, hope and intervention.
- To Grow Commitment
to the churchs youth ministry and cooperative "kingdom-efforts" to reach
students locally, such as Campus Alliance.
- To Accelerate Prayer
for students, educators and schools by name.
- Christian Adults would commit to
prayer and personal involvement with the local youth ministry and outreach efforts to a
- Christian Students and
Educators would commit to a missionary mindset toward their peers and their school.
During the Morning
- Boldly display the C.H.R.I.S.T.
covenant on a banner, video screen, or handouts.
- Use a video segment on a large screen
to capture the emotion of ministry to teenagers and life on campus. The new Alliance
videoTHE ALLIANCEis an excellent resource for your Campus Alliance Church
Service or student training events. Call 1-800-729-4351 to order the video, which comes in
the Adopt A School for Christ Bag.
- Interview your youth leader. Since
many adults do not know how to pray effectively for this generation, point out the needs
of students in the church and especially real life issues teenagers face without
- Cast a vision for reaching every
student in the community, not just ministering to those who attend church (possibly use
statistics or a video to help you do this).
- Ask a student, teacher or coach to
share a testimony about how God is working at their school.
- Recruit students to participate in
service elements, such as announcements, offering, Scripture reading,
Hints and Tips from Last Year
- Consider using the Every School Plan
on pages 8-13 of 1x1x56kThe Starter Kit for
- The six principles that make up
the C.H.R.I.S.T. covenant make a great teaching outline leading up to or following Campus Alliance Sunday.
- Many local churches give Backpack
Tags to all the students as a symbol of their dedication. This also serves as a reminder
to students of their covenant in C.H.R.I.S.T.
Sample Campus Alliance Sunday
A Generation of Choices
Joshua 24 and Judges 2
Do you ever wonder
what the future will be like? It is taking shape right before our eyes. Our future has
been marked by many recent stories. [List some
recent examples and end with Columbine High School.]
- Ready to enter a new
millenniummarked by shame, disgrace and violence.
- Sown seeds of material
excesses, mocked personal character, redefined truth; now reaping the harvest.
- Ushering our kids into a day where
there is no privilege of innocence.
- From the White House to the
movie house, we have removed the veil from kids eyes, engulfing them in adultery and immorality described in near
- We have marketed and teased kids with
deception, sensuality and immorality.
- We then wonder why kids have to deal
with all they do.
This generation can see, find and
experience anything that they want. Or anything that anybody else wants them to see. If
the Internet is not spamming them with suggestive, tempting glances, after-school
- This is the legacy we are
leaving the younger generation that follows.
- They see it. And they also see
- We have urged them to live one way
and yet we live another.
- We have had our chance. Soon it will
This is a generation of choices.
More choices than they know what to do with. But they are also a "Chosen"
Generation! God may be choosing this generation for a special purpose: to finish the task
of the Great Commission in their lifetime.
- Could God raise a new godly
generation out of these ashes?
- Will this young and watching
generation respond to Gods call?
- OR will they move down the same road
as the "Boomer" generation that is marked by financial prosperity and yet is
often morally bankrupt?
We desperately need a sweeping move
by Gods Holy Spirit that revives His Church and awakens the community to a better
way . . . an honorable way, a pure way, a way of integrity, truth and love.
Is God doing that today?
- Might He be raising a new army of
young peopletired of lies, abuse of authority, and empty words?
- This is a day when many Christian
youth are realizing they are the ones who must step up to the plate and take the high road
of establishing a new way.
- This is a day when God is calling out
a new generation to stand for purity, compassionate service to those broken by sin and,
most importantly, reaching their world with the Good News of forgiveness of sin by
trusting in Christ.
(Insert a video segment here,
possibly "The Alliance: Part One" or "River Rush.")
1. This is a special generation
- A needy generation
- A burdened generation
- A passionate generation
- A risk-taking generation
But yet, one that is seeing the
needs and trying to do something about it.
- They are often willing to stand up
for the truth they find in Christ among their peers.
Youth and youth workers have been
networking and praying together across denominational lines for nearly two decades.
- See You At The Pole In 10 years, it
has grown from 25 kids to nearly 3 million.
- True Love Waits
In five years, it has grown from one youth group to more than a million teenagers.
How to Do a Campus Alliance
How many of our generation took
public stands for our faith in front of our peers at school?
- Could this teenage generation be
those at the forefront of Gods work, reviving His Church and penetrating the lost
(Transition to Scripture text)
2. When faith passes from one
generation to another
Read from Joshua 24, showing a series of challenges given to a generation.
Note: Walk through Joshuas challenges that caused the people to clarify their
- Read Joshua 24:15,18,19,21,23,24,31.
Then go to Judges 2 and highlight results in second generation to follow.
- Read Judges 2:7,11,12,14b,15.
Note: Notice that an
entire generation abandoned their grandparents faith. The next
further away from their parents faith. Notice the younger generation were "no
longer able to resist" and that people were in "great distress."
Why? How did this happen? (Read
- They had not seen the work that He
- They did not know the Lord God.
3. The next generations
course of action
Notice the heritage of Joshuas generation in the days of strength, moral
integrity and godliness.
Read Judges 2:7 and refer back to Josh 23:3 "you have seen" and 24:17
"before our eyes."
- Will the youth God has
entrusted to our care see Gods work among His people?
- Will they see a mighty move of the
Spirit of God in their midst so that it touches their lives?
- Will they come to know the Lord
(Literal Hebrew: To know = experiential; in heart, in mind, in feeling, in soul)
* Will God
and His Word weave into the fabric of their lives, their choices and their mindset? Or,
will He be seen as an institution? A ceremonial routine?
Today, we must guard against
ceremonial faith and merely going through the motions.
- This generation opposes the form of
religion that seems pre-packaged, sold to them, or a passed-down duty.
4. There is a great move alive
today! (Life Application)
Lets illustrate. For years,
many para-church youth organizations focused ministry toward the campuses of America. But
now, church youth ministries in America are awakening to the great open door and the
"field ripe for harvest" on the campuses of America. Students from many churches
are seeing their schools as the place where God is working and wanting to work through
them. It was as if the Marines had hit the beach firstthe para-church youth
organizationsahead of the rest of the troops. But now the Army, Navy, Air
Forcestudents from thousands of local church youth ministriesare also moving
toward the campuses!
Think about this with me!
- There is a Christian on every campus
in our nationincluding our community.
- There is a Christian church
within reach of every school.
- Almost every future leader passes
through the doors of a junior high and high school. (Every future judge, CEO, police
officer, school teacher, U.S. President.)
- Young people are far more reachable
for Christ before leaving high school than after.
- 75% of all decisions for Christ take
place by age 17.
That is the vision behind Campus
Alliance. With a massive goal to reach 56,000 campuses, there is a sense of urgency to
insure that every student, on every school, in every community has a chance to hear the
invitation to respond to Christ, at least once. This is Campus Alliance Sunday, a day set
aside to dedicate students, educators and others who take their ministry role on campus
seriously and as a call from the Lord.
We want to be one of those churches
dedicated to reaching teenagers for Christ. We can begin to do this as each one of us
commits to Adopt A School for Christ. We want to
stand with our young people and help them become effective witnesses on their campuses. We
want the schools in our community to know that we are committed as an ally with them.
Not every person needs to physically
go to a school. We want to pray for the schools, as well as teachers and administrators,
by name. We want to intercede on behalf of our own students who need a faithful prayer
umbrella over them. And we need to pray for kids who need Christ.
(Describe your Prayer Plan and walk
everyone through it. This would be a perfect time to call the students to be a "Lighthouse on their campus" and for adults to be a
Lighthouse to at least one school near them, seeking ways to express Prayer, Care and
Share to that school.)
Note: Call for a Commitment and Life
Application at this point.
(Transition into a Dedication
Prayer or a Commissioning Service)
Note: At this point, give
instructions for students to move out into the aisles. You may also want to have school
educators join the students at this time. Now ask the adults to stand and move out toward
the students and to lay hands on their backs and shoulders. We must empower our students
(and teachers, coaches) to stand for God in a godless society.
(Previously arrange to ask a church
leader to pray for the students and educators to stand for Christ and
dedicate them as lighthouses in the midst of darkness. Pray specific prayers of blessing.)
Commissioning Campus Missionaries
Campus Missionary Commissioning Service
Sandy Assembly of God, Sandy, OR
Order of Events
- Ask all students to be commissioned
as Campus Missionaries to come to the front.
- Ask any parents of Campus
Missionaries present to join their child.
- Previously arrange to have
"surrogate" parents and/or youth workers ready to stand with any Campus
Missionaries who do not have a parent present.
As a missionary, you have been
called to help fulfill the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:19-20.
[Read this out loud.)
As Campus Missionaries, you are
about to embark upon a great year of service to the Lord possibly the greatest
opportunity you have ever had. But it may also be a difficult challenge as the enemy will
be out to hinder, distract or even destroy your ministry in any way that he can. I
encourage you to be in the Word and in prayer on a daily basis. Without that personal time
with the Lord, you will not be able to stand.
We recognize the importance of not
standing alone and of having accountability. It is imperative that you remain connected to
(insert youth pastor name here) and allow him/her to be an encourager to you. Also, allow
these parents and adults to become your prayer partners. That is why they stand with you
By standing here today, you have
chosen to be commissioned as a Campus Missionary. You are asking God to give you His
strength. In return, you are pledging to do the will of your Heavenly Father on your
campus. Youve heard His call, and today we are standing with you as you seek to
dedicate your life to serve His purposes on your campus.
Note: Refer to the C.H.R.I.S.T. Covenant if appropriate. Then read and/or
display a Campus Missionary commitment.
Students should reply
"I will" after each question.
- Will you strive to spend time with
the Lord on a consistent basis?
- Will you place yourself in
accountability with [your Youth Leader) and your parent(s)?
- Will you seek to help fulfill the
Great Commission on your school by praying for others, sharing your faith in Christ, and
seeking to disciple younger Christians in their faith?
Parents (and "surrogate"
parents or youth workers):
- Will you pray for these students on a
- Will you commit to encourage them and
help them through difficult times?
- Will you pray for the empowering of
the Holy Spirit within these students as they strive to impact their campus for Christ?
Would you students now face the
congregation? And parents, would you stand in front of them? Parents, would you place your
hand of blessing on your student? Im going to ask (NAME) to pray for you, and then
Pastor (NAME) will pray the final prayer and blessing.
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