The biology teacher just assigned your class to do frog dissections all week long. You and your lab partners all need to work well together. In order for this to happen successfully, everyone needs to work off the same information. This same scenario is not unlike how one gets a group started on campus. It may mean getting your hands a little dirty. It means stepping out of your comfort zone and finding others who can join in to make a difference. But where do you begin?
The first step is to host a Student Informational Meeting. What is that? It is an opportunity to gather Christian students and give them the basic information about your group so that you can all be on the same page, working together to accomplish the vision. God never intended you to be a lone ranger, trying to reach your campus alone. What to do? Find a comfortable meeting place like a student’s home or a Christian teacher’s room. Invite the students on campus who you know are committed Christians, and pray for God to prepare them.
After people show up, welcome everyone and introduce yourself. Briefly share with them how you came to faith in Christ and why you want to reach out to students at your school. Explain that what you want is more than a Bible club; that your goal is to give every student a chance to hear about how they can have a relationship with Christ.
This is a good time to share a simple word picture of what you believe God wants you to do on your campus. For example, “Every student on our campus needs the opportunity to hear the gospel at least once before they graduate. Then go into more details of how you plan to accomplish this goal. You will need to think through a strategy for accomplishing those goals. A strategy is a simple plan, like how best to dissect a frog. This would include evangelism – winning your peers to Christ, discipleship – helping them grow in their faith through studying the Bible, and leadership – training and equipping them to effectively communicate their faith in Christ with their peers.
Finally, enlist their help. Tell them you are looking for fellow students who have a sincere desire to grow in their love and obedience to Christ and who want to unite with other Christian students in an effort to reach their school for Christ. Opportunities for involvement include:
- Bible discussion groups
- Prayer groups
- Evangelistic outreaches
- Training in how to share your faith
It’s also helpful to have a few other respected students take a few minutes to share reasons why they want to be involved. Make sure you tell them where and when the next meeting is planned and have them fill out a comment card. This will allow them to tell you how they want to be involved.
The informational meeting is like that pre-meeting you might have had with your lab partners. It sets the stage for the real action to begin! Make certain you get back with interested students, and communicate clearly when your next meeting will be. Unless you do this, your desire to see a campus ministry begin may never get off the ground.