Is your ministry making disciples? You might have the best college ministry strategies, weekly worship meetings and events, but if your college ministry isn't making disciples you're missing it. Why come up with something new when Jesus's strategy is still the most effective?
The problem for many of us is that the word "discipleship" comes with a lot of baggage. We have over complicated it for many years, creating systems, classes and strategies for what, in reality, is simple. In 2 Timothy 2:2 Paul instructs, "and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.(ESV)"
Find a simple process and stick to it. Even if you are volunteering in your college ministry and don't have much time, a simple method of discipleship can transform your ministry.
1. Start small. Who are the faithful, available and teachable students in your ministry? Invite them to meet with you regularly one on one or in triads.
2. Keep it simple. Your meetings don't have to be long. Have a short list of questions that you will work through that include sharing:
- where is God is at work?
- what is God saying through scripture that you are reading together?
- where is there need for accountability?
3. Focus on the Bible. It is God's Word that transforms the lives of students. Be sure to communicate that being in scripture daily is a priority because of how God uses it in shaping our lives as believers.
4. Pray together for specific needs and for lost friends. You are teaching your students to pray by praying together. Be specific as you share requests, being sure to pray for lost friends and family members. Prompt them in praying for how they will live out what they are learning as disciples.
5. Challenge them to repeat the process with someone else. The goal is for students to be able to lead someone else as you are leading them. Keep challenging them to find someone to meet with until they do, then coach them as needed.
A simple method for discipleship applied consistently changes the culture of your ministry. As more students engage in these relationships, discipleship will be the expectation and the norm. As a result, multiplication will happen naturally.