Campus Clubs /
Starting a Christian Club or Outreach
at Your School...
|"I was invited to attend a Christian club
only to find 10 students eating doughnuts, praying briefly at the end of their meeting. I
challenged them to be more than a group of Christians, but rather students who would
boldly intercede for their campus. The room is now packed every Friday with students
gathering for prayer and Bible study" Duane Pace, Youth Pastor - Dallas, Georgia
Has God given YOU a
vision to reach out on your campus?
Fantastic! If you are confident that God
wants you to begin an outreach or club at your school, step out in faith and ask others to
join you. When you unite with other Christians, a powerful, influential force to reach
your friends for Christ is birthed on your campus. If you are ready, read on!
Many students are launching Christian clubs
on their campuses, while others are forming campus student outreaches or organizations.
Clubs are usually recognized as an official group and are allowed to meet on campus.
Outreaches and organizations are informally recognized and may meet in homes or churches.
Students have to decide which is best for their school, but either way the reason for
uniting is not only for fellowship, but to reach their campus for Christ.
A good example of this is found in Acts 2.
This account of the very first gathering of Christians is a model of how they came
together to be encouraged and strengthened, and then went out to reach those in their
community for Christ. Their first group grew because they did not meet just to fellowship.
but to reach others. So. before you begin, clearly identify WHY you want to start a club
or outreach: what its purpose or intention is.
There are a number of excellent resources and
organizations available to serve you in pioneering and leading your campus club or
outreach. (see pages 48-51)
Beginning a Christian Club or
- Praise the Lord for what He wants to do at
- Ask Him to walk you through the beginning
- Mobilize the Christians into Prayer Triplets.
(see page 15)
- Plead with God to give you a bold vision for
- Ask the Lord to bring many students to Christ
at your school.
- Pray that the administration and the student
government would be open to your request.
Notice where God Is already working
at your school
- Check to see if there are existing Christian
clubs and outreach meetings at your school or in the community
- Join with those who are reaching out to the
school with the gospel, increasing your partnership.
- At times, it is good to start a new club or
outreach. If so, be sure you communicate with existing Christian clubs and outreaches.
Gather the resources you need to
- Find others on your campus who will join you.
- Look for Christian teachers, coaches, or staff
at your school who might serve as a sponsor.
- Request a written copy of the school policy
for starting school clubs or student organizations.
- Review copies of other school clubs that have
completed a constitution or charter.
- Ask a Christian youth worker from your church
or organization to assist you.
Begin behind the scenes
- Schedule a time and neutral place for an
introductory meeting to share the vision with other students.
- Be sure everyone understands the clear purpose
of the group.
- Discuss when it would be best to meet.
- Complete any required applications, charters
or constitutions the school requires.
Gaining school approval
- Be sure you have discovered what is required
at your school to have a recognized club.
- Insure that your group will be student led,
although you may invite adult guests on occasion.
- As a team, present your request to the school
administration or student government for approval.
- Know where to find support for your legal rights to meet on campus, if approval is denied.
|"This past New Year's Eve the students
from four campus Bible clubs... hosted a lock-in at Lake Citv High School. An estimated
400 to 500 students attended.. between 100 and 150 students responded to the invitation to
commit their lives to the Lord." Mark Moder, Youth Pastor - Rathdrum, Idaho