- Be aware of concerts and assemblies. Know the
names of the principal(s), key leaders and the school secretary.
- Cross the Bridge: Begin with
Relationships. Campus Alliance does not have a political agenda. The goals are
eternal and spiritual in nature. Long-term spiritual fruitfulness will grow out of trust
built with school administration.
"Local youth workers are finding other
creative ways to be visible on campus. They are volunteering with a purpose... providing
hallway supervision, or working at school activities such as field trips or the annual
college fair." Marshall Snider, Network City Coordinator - Dallas, Oregon
"The Word became flesh and made
his dwelling among us." John 1:14 (NIV)
Rather than shouting His message of hope
from a distance, Jesus modeled "incarnational" ministry. He came and
"pitched His tent" among us. We can and must do the same thing among students
within the school environment if we are going to impact them for Christ.
How to Begin
- Build the Foundation for a Bridge
To penetrate a campus community, prayer must be the foundation of our approach. Through
prayer and observation, we can gain insights about a specific school and discern ways He
is already working there. Ask Him to send other workers along with you into that specific
field of harvest. Pray for a good personal connection with a school staff person who is
already an insider on the campus.
- Build the Bridge: Know the School Knowing
a school's culture and unique student groups is invaluable for maximum impact. Start by
interviewing students from your own ministry. Read the school newspaper and annual
yearbook as well as the local section of your community newspaper. Go to sporting events.
Start by getting to know school administration and other school gatekeepers. Meet the
principal and other school leaders informally at events, games, etc. Ask parents to
introduce you. Write a note of encouragement. When appropriate, seek to have a formal
appointment. Keep it brief. Communicate your availability to assist with their needs.
- Keep the Bridge Open: Serve the
School Find a point of need where your interest, effort or experience is needed.
You or your local ministry may have the expertise, a facility or the equipment that your
school cannot afford but needs. Each school is different, but you might consider coaching,
tutoring, using your technical/video/photography skills, support help, and chaperoning of
events. The list goes on. Prayerfully brainstorm with other youth leaders and concerned
adults about how the body of Christ can serve the schools.
- Widen the Bridge: Personal Contact
with Student Groups As you serve within the school, students will begin to
recognize you as an insider. Identify what sports team, music group or student subgroup
you are running into most regularly. Learn from the example of Jesus in John 4. as He
encountered the woman at the well. Show interest by asking good questions and listening
well. Pick up on students' needs and offer hope. By asking the "5 Ws" (who,
what, where, when, and why questions), you can talk to almost any student for 10 minutes
- Mobilize Other Adult Leaders
You cannot penetrate every student group by yourself. Recruit and link with other
Christian adult youth leaders to find at least one way that they can penetrate the campus
as well. Even on a very busy and limited schedule, being at the right place at the right
time will open doors for ministry. Try athletic events, evening activities, and other
carefully selected opportunities.
- Equip and Motivate Your Students
You might picture yourself and other adult leaders as the point of a spear going to the
campus, and students like the shaft. As you set the pace, model compassion, meet needs,
and share the gospel, students will have an example they can follow. Help them shape their
own personal plan for evangelism among their friends and others on their campus. Walk them
through the practical worksheets for students, "His Story -
Telling Others About Christ", "Your Story - Tellling
Others About Christ", "Most Wanted", "A Vision of Fruit", "First
Things First", "How You Can Make a BIg
Difference", The Starter Kit for Campus Ministry.
Lastly, be sure to register your ministry
commitment to each school you have adopted by going online at www.everyschool.com