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Leaders Lead People

Anna Marie Magyar Advisors & Student Leaders, Leadership, Personal Development 0 Comments

Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds” -Proverbs 27:23

If you have just read the title of this blog and are thinking “Well, duh!” you are most likely in good company. Grab your cold brew, and let’s dissect this thought together.

Jesus lead 12 men. Yes, He had other followers, but these 12 did life with Jesus. They witnessed Him seeking the Father’s heart, doing the miraculous and unthinkable, restoring hearts, mending brokenness, and saving souls. They heard Jesus speak of the cross, and what would come as a result. Jesus said to the 12 He led, “I have given you an example to follow” (John 13:15a).

Jesus did not just show the men how to walk through this life; He taught them how to lead people well. Jesus gives this statement we see in John 13 right after He very humbly washes the feet of all 12 disciples. Did you catch that? ALL. This included Judas, who would shortly betray Him. Jesus completes His thought in John 13:15 by commanding “Do as I have done to you.”

So what does this mean for us as present day leaders? Do we start every BASIC or other ministry meeting by washing the feet of all whom we disciple? Not necessarily, though I do recall one leader’s meeting where our BASIC advisor literally washed our feet. It was a beautiful reflection of God’s heart for us through this selfless, and humbling act of our advisor. We shared tears (and some laughs) knowing we were so deeply valued and loved by the one who led us each and every week. Although this acted as wonderful declaration of our advisor’s servant heart towards us, there were many other ways she regularly demonstrated this (Check out the diagram on the bottom for practical ideas!)

I love the way Jesus interacted with Peter. Peter, much like myself, had a terrible tendency of putting his foot in his mouth; saying things he should not, and making bold claims he could not live up to. Despite Peter’s imperfections, Jesus invested in Peter and called out his giftings and strengths (Luke 5). Peter was often invited to witness Jesus’ miracles (Mark 5:37 & Luke 8:51). Jesus never stopped pursuing Peter. He never stopped loving Peter, believing in him, or calling out his destiny. Jesus never compromised the truth with Peter, rather He held him accountable (Mark 8:33). Jesus taught Peter how to lead and left him with one final command “tend to my sheep” (John 1:15-17).

I believe this is the same command Jesus gives to us. We are gifted with the wonderful opportunity to lead others as Christ led the 12 then, and leads us today. As a team, we have our different missions or goals, events to plan, meetings to host, and many other obligations. Let us not get caught up in directing task-completers, but in leading people. These are people who will go on to influence a culture desperate for a God who would humble Himself in every way. Let us lead in such a way that those who follow us would, like Jesus said, go on to do even greater works than we have (John 14:12).

Practical Ways to Lead People:

I. Know who they are, not just what they can do

  1. Invite those you lead out for coffee, or to play basketball. Share a meal.
    1. This can be done individually and as a group.
  2. Get to know their interests, dreams, things they struggle with, and more of what makes them individuals.

Note: When individually building relationships, it is important that male leaders meet with other males, and female leaders meet with other females. This guards each other’s hearts as deeper relationships are built.

II. Show gratitude, respect, and humility.

  1. Those we lead often sacrifice much of their own time and resources, as well as hard work while serving in ministry. Gratitude for this can be shown in a variety of ways including cooking a meal for your leadership team, or simply saying “thank you.”
  2. Respect is huge! Consider the tone of your voice and things you say when speaking to those you lead.
  3. Although we desire to lead as Jesus did, we are far from perfect. Show humility by owning your mistakes, and asking for forgiveness. 

III. Lead with a servant’s heart.

About the Author

Anna Marie Magyar

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Wife. Cat mom. Lover of Jesus, coffee, and all things Disney. I was a student leader in my BASIC group at the College of St. Rose and have continued to help out with the group after graduating.

What Discipleship Looks Like

What Discipleship Looks Like (Part II)

Sam DiStefano Advisors & Student Leaders, Leadership, Personal Development 0 Comments

This week we have Nicole Ingersoll, Assistant Advisor at the University of Buffalo BASIC, back to conclude her thoughts on discipleship in Part II. If you would like to read Part I, you can find it here.

Last week I talked about the call of God on your life and making the choice to honor God in all that you do. I wanted to pick our conversation back up this week by giving you some practical ways to exercise discipleship on a daily basis.

Share Your Story

Timothy takes what he has learned on his own journey and what Paul has taught him, and starts pouring into all people. It is stated in the Bible that from a young age, it is clear that Timothy deeply loves the Lord and his people. Paul then gives Timothy opportunities to help serve the kingdom. Timothy goes alongside of Paul to various churches and starts sharing his story.

We need to realize the importance of our stories! What God has done in us is not just for us, but can serve as encouragement and motivation to others. Because they can see that we rose from our ashes and are now here, serving God. We were dead in sin but Christ came with his love, mercy, grace and forgiveness and spoke breath into our lungs. Now we are alive! We have peace and joy that comes from the Lord that sustains us in really hard situations. People notice that.

Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction.” 2 Timothy 4:2

Because of the relationships we have with others, we have these super cool opportunities arise where we get to speak into their lives. We get to encourage them. Listen to them. Hear about their struggles and figure out their strengths. We get to give advice. Because of our relationship with them, we can speak godliness into their lives.

Be intentional with your relationships and be prepared to share the good news of the Lord when he opens up those opportunities. Don’t allow Satan to steal an opportunity because you don’t know what good works God has done in you.

Make sure you follow up with them too. Paul writes to a few different churches AFTER he was already there. Giving them an update, keeping in touch, telling them that they are not alone, and encouraging them. Whether they are believers or not, show them that you love them because of how you are present.

Teach Them

“You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”  2 Timothy 2:1-2

The next step is that we become like Paul. We continue to pour into these people we have relationships with, we raise them up to be servant leaders for the Kingdom. We equip them so that they can in turn disciple others. That is how multiplication happens. What started with just one person pouring into you, then turns into a group of 3 and then 6 and then 9 and it keeps growing until ALL people know God’s name and his love.

The people who love God will become so vast that Satan won’t be able to touch us. Even if he takes things from this world from us, he won’t be able to break us down because we will be there for each other, encouraging, listening, praying, and portraying Jesus.

Practical Applications

So what does that look like? How do we incorporate discipleship into our already busy lives?

It can be as simple as committing to meet with one person for one hour once a week. It can be praying with someone on a regular basis. Grabbing coffee and asking them, “How are you really doing? What is actually going on in your life?” and then following up with them. You don’t need to be a licensed minister to disciple. You don’t even have to have ALL of the answers at the time that you meet with them. You just have to be obedient in what the Lord has called you to do.

Be aware of the value of the person’s soul who is sitting next to you in class or in your small groups or who you stand next to at work. Realize that we all have an eternal life ahead of us. That all the people you interact with have an eternity ahead of them.

Do you realize that taking the time to truly get to know someone could help them realize the truth that is in our Lord and Savior? Do you realize that them recognizing that truth and having them call upon his name, means that they will spend their eternity in Heaven, singing with the angels, “How Great is Our God,” instead of Hell in complete darkness and never ever receiving rest?

Are you serious enough about where those in your life will be spending eternity? Are you willing to share an hour of your time a week pouring into someone else? My challenge to you is to look into your relationships. Find someone who you can spend time with, maybe someone who you know is going through something and could really use a friend, and make time to disciple them.

About the Author

Sam DiStefano

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Sam DiStefano went to school at SUNY Geneseo and earned a degree in Childhood with Special Education. It was at college, through BASIC, that she learned what it meant to be a disciple of Jesus. In June 2014, she joined on staff with BASIC and planted a chapter at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY that fall. BASIC has deeply affected Sam’s life and she feels called to help other students experience freedom and hope in Christ.

What Discipleship Looks Like

What Discipleship Looks Like (Part I)

Sam DiStefano Advisors & Student Leaders, Leadership, Personal Development 0 Comments

One of our desires at BASIC is to be relevant and connect you with content that is going to best help you as you serve your campus and ministry context! In an effort to bring in fresh perspective and new ideas, we have asked a few student leaders and advisors to share their voice! We’ll get to hear from one of them each month. This week, we have the honor of hearing from Nicole Ingersoll.

Nicole IngersollNicole Ingersoll is the current Assistant Advisor at the University at Buffalo. When Nicole went off to college, she wanted nothing to do with a Christian community, but BASIC did a 180 on her perspective of the church and she now realizes how integral it is to her faith. As a result, Nicole has a huge passion for college students and loves being able to serve them through BASIC. She deeply believes that God uses the things that used to hold us down, to draw us closer to him. Nicole majored in Human Resources Management at UB and currently works as a Benefits Administrator at Baker Victory Services in Lackawanna, NY. A few random facts about Nicole is that she loves to play guitar and sing, her favorite flowers are sunflowers, and she was bit by an Emu as a child (yes, that really happened). This is what she had to share.

Discipleship is a word that a lot of Christians throw around. Leaders use it to teach their students. Students use it when connecting with their peers. But what does it actually mean? What does discipleship look like?

I found two definitions of Discipleship, the first being “Discipleship is the relationship between a teacher (discipler) and student (disciple).” This is a concept that most of us can identify with because we saw it demonstrated in real life at school. Another definition states, “one who gives full loyalty and support to another.” What I love about both of these definitions is that they both involve TWO people. Not one person, doing something to better themselves, but two people. Simply put, discipleship is a relationship. You don’t need a proper degree in ministry or theology. All you need is a relationship with other people and a relationship with God.

Missional Call

When Paul is writing to Timothy, he starts by talking about the grace and mercy that the Lord has shown him. 1 Timothy 1:12 states, “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service.” It then continues in 1 Timothy 1:14, “The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.”

It is clear in these verses, that Paul realizes that Jesus has given him so much. His thankfulness compels him to action and a missional life. “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.  Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Timothy 1:16)

In this verse, Paul calls himself “the worst of sinners.” If I had a penny, for every time that I thought I was the worst in God’s eyes, I would be rich. So many of us can identify with Paul here. But he isn’t saying it in a way to condemn himself. He uses the things he hates about himself and his past to relate to those around him. He uses those things to bring Glory to God.

Paul realized that his testimony and journey had a purpose because of the grace he had been shown. He realized that he could relate to those who also sinned, because he was not perfect and yet Jesus Christ was continuing to work in his life. You have to realize that your testimony is your story. It’s your opportunity to share with others what Christ has done in your life.

Having a relationship with Christ, and understanding the purpose that that relationship then puts on your life is the first step in discipleship. You need to truly, passionately, believe in the call on your life.

Honoring God with Our Lives

Along with our missional call, we are called to strive to honor God with every part of our life.

“Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.  For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.” 1 Timothy 4:7-10

Discipleship takes work, it says in that verse that we labor and we strive, but that we do it because we believe in our God. A few times in the Bible, it brings up the fact that Timothy is younger. But he doesn’t let this stop him from the call that Jesus has put on his life to share his story and the word of God.

1 Timothy 4:12 declares, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” Our age is not an excuse. We can be used by God to do great things, just like Timothy! We need to actively try to live in a way that honors God and his word.

Once you believe in the call on your life and have made the choice to honor God in all you do then you have a responsibility to disciple others. I’ll have more on that next week so check back for some practical tips on sharing your story and pouring into relationships in Part II!

About the Author

Sam DiStefano

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Sam DiStefano went to school at SUNY Geneseo and earned a degree in Childhood with Special Education. It was at college, through BASIC, that she learned what it meant to be a disciple of Jesus. In June 2014, she joined on staff with BASIC and planted a chapter at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY that fall. BASIC has deeply affected Sam’s life and she feels called to help other students experience freedom and hope in Christ.

Mentoring As Discipleship

Ryan Raflowski Advisors & Student Leaders, Leadership, Personal Development 0 Comments

Hi there! My name is Ryan Raflowski and I will be a monthly contributor to the blog starting here on out. I am looking forward to sharing practical strategies and helpful tips to further the kingdom of God in your ministry. I am also looking forward to writing my thoughts down in a conversational style. I usually have to write in technical terms for the work that I do, but on here I can use contractions—I love it!! Anyways, I am here and I am happy to serve you in this way. I hope you find the following post enlightening and useful to the work that you do. 

-Ryan

As I reflect on my college experience, I can easily recognize that I needed some guidance. As a college freshman, I made a plethora of bad choices. I wasn’t a Christian, so you can imagine what these choices may have looked like. However, even after I committed my life to Christ, I struggled to make good decisions and often wondered how to discern the good from the bad. I don’t mean just in a moral sense, but also in what God’s plan and purposes for my life were. I had a number of questions such as:

  • “What kind of job do I want to get?”
  • “How do I live like a man of God?”
  • “Why don’t I always feel ‘on fire’ for God?”
  • “How do I handle complicated family situations in a godly way?”
  • “Where is God taking me in life?”

I hope that you can imagine that these questions, while they may seem far from your current thoughts or concerns, can dominate the mind of a young college student. Part of the reason that I enjoy working with college-age men and women is because I believe it to be a pivotal time in a person’s development. I believe it to be significant because many life-altering decisions are made during this time period. It is often a time when young people decide what is most valuable in life or even what kind of person they wish to be.

Admittedly, I shudder whenever I think back to this time in my own life. It’s super stressful and we can often second-guess many decisions that were made (though we all know to trust God and His overwhelming grace over our lives). But there is one thing that I can say made a positive impact on these stressful times of my life—the presence of a loving and insightful mentor. I had a mentor that I could come to in times of personal crisis or even with tough questions I had about God and life in general. My mentor acted as a sounding board in my life and, thankfully, always pointed me back to the grace and faithfulness of our loving God.

There are many contexts in which we are discipled as Christians—the Church, our Christian communities & gatherings, small groups, and in our private devotions with God. In all of these settings we are learning to trust and follow Jesus more and more. But I believe there is another discipleship context that has power and impact—mentoring relationships. It is within this context that we have the most vulnerable and open interactions with another. It is centered around a close bond and discipleship within this context focuses on intimacy, openness, and impact.

We all know that Jesus chose twelve men as his primary disciples. But then among the twelve, he chose three—Peter, James, and John—and gave them an extra measure of his time and attention. He revealed himself to them in ways the others did not see or experience such as the raising of Jairus’s daughter from the dead (Mark 5:37-43) and at the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law (Mark 1:29-31). Further, the Gospels show us that Jesus seems to have had an especially close and intimate friendship with Peter. Peter, of course, was the one who walked on water in the storm and who confessed Jesus as the Christ.

As you can see, even Jesus chose a few select to give more individualized attention to. There are other examples of discipleship through mentoring that can be found in Scripture, as Paul discipled Timothy and so on. In 2 Timothy 3:10-12, Paul describes the up close and personal nature of this kind of discipling relationship: “You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, persecutions, sufferings […]” Paul speaks of his teaching, his way of life, and his life’s purpose. Paul didn’t just share information with Timothy, but personal information as well. This is what Paul refers to when he told the Corinthians, “Therefore I urge you to imitate me” (1 Corinthians 4:16). It is life impartation, or life-on-life discipleship that discipleship through mentoring is all about. There is power in life-on-life relationships within the context of discipleship.

I hope that you are starting to feel God’s call to mentor a young person so that they may learn to trust and follow Jesus in a deeper way. As I mentioned earlier, your goals in this mentoring relationship should be:

1) Intimacy

Yes, we should impart knowledge to those we disciple. It’d be silly not to give a little bit of wisdom here or there. But a strictly educational approach doesn’t describe the discipleship method of either Jesus or Paul. One word does—intimacy. Intimacy means that we live with vulnerability. We should share our lives with mentees in a way that we have no façades or appearances. Mentees should be able to look at our lives as if looking at a fish within a fish bowl. This is because the only way to grow deeper is by being open and vulnerable—with a select few individuals in the context of mutual love, respect, and trust. Keep in mind that, while Jesus never sinned, he did experience pain and disappointment. He let his close-knit disciples see these struggles.

2) Openness

Jesus’ disciples felt free to be themselves around Him. They were comfortable asking bold questions about their standing with Him. Jesus’ disciples felt comfortable enough to express their true desires, even if they were under-informed! If trust is a two-sided coin, the two sides of the coin are openness and authenticity. With one but not the other, you cannot have a trusting relationship. You can be open with someone, but if you are not authentic in your interactions with them, trust will not characterize your relationship. While these two elements of trust are present in all levels of relationship, they are vital in the intimate context of a mentoring relationship.

3) Impact

Discipleship is helping people trust and follow Jesus as Lord, and it requires that we both understand the truth and obey it. What we know matters only if it translates into how we live. As a mentor, it is our job to create a lasting impact in our mentees. We must not only encourage them in their faith but challenge them to live deeply and authentically in Christ. Much of this happens through the renewing of the mind. A renewed mind leads to a changed life and to know what pleases God on a “heart-level.” Knowledge is not the end or primary focus of discipleship, but it still is vitally important.

Perhaps you are wondering…who? Who can you disciple and mentor? Here are a few vital questions that will help you select someone to mentor and disciple:

With whom could I form a discipling relationship?

Look for relationships that seem to have good interaction, even good chemistry.

Who is receptive to me?

Who easily listens to me and shows interest in what I have to say about the things of Jesus? In whose ears are your words big?

Who is a good investment?

Is the person you are thinking of available, faithful, teachable, and reliable? This kind of person makes your investment of time and friendship a good and wise one.

Is God in it?

Do you feel God nudging you toward anyone in particular? Do you naturally have a sense that God might be leading you to someone?

I hope you feel inspired to mentor someone within your ministry. Perhaps even one of your student leaders! They play an important role in your ministry and can use your support and guidance. As someone who received this type of support, I can confidently say that it makes a difference in the kingdom of God.

Many of these ideas are not my own. I’ve shared them from a great book called Discipleship that Fits: The Five Kinds of Relationships God Uses to Help Us Grow by Bobby Harrington and Alex Absalom.

 

About the Author

Ryan Raflowski

Ryan is a school psychologist and co-advisor for the BASIC Chapter at SUNY Oswego. He desires to see a generation of young people recognize God's purpose and plan for their life. He tries to live "Kingdom-minded" and longs to see revival fire sweep across college campuses. You could probably find him walking around town playing Pokémon Go with his wife Kdee or indoors with their two cats Oliver and Lupin.

Passing the Leadership Baton

Sam DiStefano Advertising & Recruiting, Advisors & Student Leaders, Leadership, Personal Development 0 Comments

When I was younger, I was on my school’s track team. One of my favorite events was the relay race. Even if you have never participated, everyone knows the most important part is the handing off of the baton from one runner to the other. A poor handoff can be the difference between winning and losing!

In college ministry, we have some unique circumstances! Our students turnover every four years(or five if we can catch a super senior ;D)! A healthy college ministry loses and gains students every single year. That means that we have to be intentional about discipleship and leadership. If we aren’t careful, we can find ourselves without leaders as our student leadership teams graduate! Much like a relay race, we have to practice passing on responsibility and leadership to each new cycle of students. While not always the easiest task, today I want to talk about a few practical strategies to making those leadership transitions as smooth as possible.

  1. Invest time into potential

There are a million and one resources to teach you how the newest and best methods of discipleship. However, in my experience, the best discipleship I ever received was also the simplest. If there is someone who sticks out to you as having a lot of potential, make it a point to develop a deeper relationship with them.

Take them out to coffee or shoot some hoops weekly. Ask them about their life and their walk with the Lord. Read a book together or walk through some questions in Scripture. If each person on the leadership team picks someone to meet with and invest their time into, you not only develop your own leadership skills, but you create deeper relationships and new leaders in the next class. Those new leaders can then in turn disciple the next class, so on and so forth. The growth and multiplication is simple and natural. Jesus sure knew what he was talking about.

    2. Invite them in

My hope is that each leadership team has a time to meet together to pray and plan for their group. Some of my favorite memories of BASIC were from laughing and praying with my leadership team. We met weekly and the bond that was created was indescribable. An easy way to encourage potential leaders is to invite them into your leadership meetings.

At my school, we had an “open” leadership meeting once a month. This gave people who were interested in leadership a glimpse into what leaders do. It was also a time for them to ask questions and learn more about leadership responsibilities. Most of the time, these open meetings drew in people who were really serious about serving BASIC and often did go on to becoming leadership the next semester.

    3. Give opportunities

The fastest way to figure out someone’s skill set or comfortability in leadership roles is to give them opportunities to show you what they’ve got. As leaders, we sometimes make the mistake of doing everything that needs to get done ourselves. If we shift our mindset, we see all of our tasks as opportunities to teach and raise up. 

You can start off by handing off small tasks like clicking through the slide show or welcoming people to your meeting. Over time, you can hand off bigger tasks or even invite someone to do a task with you. This communicates that not only you believe in this person, but that their time and effort is helpful and valuable. When a person feels useful and appreciated, they are more likely to get invested.

If we think about our ministry like a race, transition periods become incredibly important. If we don’t pass on the baton, then the race cannot continue. The smoother the pass, the more efficient ministry we will be. I hope you enjoyed these tips and can use some of them next semester as your seniors prepare for their own transition! What are some ways that your group has passed the baton well? We would love to hear some of your ideas as well!

About the Author

Sam DiStefano

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Sam DiStefano went to school at SUNY Geneseo and earned a degree in Childhood with Special Education. It was at college, through BASIC, that she learned what it meant to be a disciple of Jesus. In June 2014, she joined on staff with BASIC and planted a chapter at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY that fall. BASIC has deeply affected Sam’s life and she feels called to help other students experience freedom and hope in Christ.

Which Is Better: Flashy Large Group Meetings Or Deep Discipleship?

Chris Zeigler Advisors & Student Leaders, Leadership 0 Comments

I’ve heard this debate in college ministry circles for years and the question recently came up in a discussion I had. Should we be focusing on creating excellent, flashy large group meetings or doing personal, in-depth discipleship? There are always people with great points on both sides of the argument.

Those in favor of in-depth discipleship say that this is what Jesus modeled for us with the twelve disciples and that anyone can draw a crowd, but if they aren’t getting some depth of teaching they will most likely fall away. Those in favor of flashy large group meetings argue that while depth is good, we have been called to go into all the world and this means reaching as many people with the Gospel as possible.

After observing many different styles of ministry over the years my answer to this argument is that we need both and I think that’s actually what Jesus modeled. Jesus did take the time to pour into the twelve disciples and develop them each individually, but He was also known for drawing huge crowds (remember the 5,000?).

The parable of the sower that Jesus told even speaks to this. When we hear this parable we tend to focus on the ending – the seed that fell on good soil and produced a multiplying crop, but if we look at the beginning of the parable it’s evident that the sower is scattering seed widely (some falls along the path, some in rocky places, some among the thorns, etc.).

I’ve learned over the years that community, discipleship, and mentoring (deep roots) are what young adults are desperate for. But, often they won’t come through your doors to get involved in community until you have something modern, relevant and exciting (scattering seed widely) to draw them in. Sure, you might gather a group of 4 or 5 without a flashy large group meeting, but you’ll be ignoring the thousands of other students on your campus who need to hear about Jesus.

And even if you can’t reach all of the people on your campus, surely you should aspire to reach more than 4 or 5. But in order to do this we need to do the work of training others who will help us carry the burden.

If we truly want to see people come to know Christ and develop a strong understanding of what it means to be a Christ follower, then we have to turn our attention to ministry that is focused on multiplication. This is why, in my opinion, neither of these models can stand on their own. They must be combined so we can get people in the door and then help them grow roots in the faith so they can reach others.

So, what does this look like? Evaluate what your ministry is doing well right now by asking these questions:

  • Have you been focused on running excellent large group meetings or doing in-depth discipleship?
  • Is your group reaching many students, but lacking in depth?
  • Are you developing great depth, but not reaching as many as possible with the Gospel?
  • Have you been good at multiplying and raising up others to help carry the burden?
  • Who do you need to recruit to help in areas that you’re weak?

Each ministry will be in a different place with this and it’s up to you (and your other leaders) to evaluate where you’re at and what God is telling you to change in this season. Furthermore, you might not have the capability to do both great yet. Start by making one of these things awesome and then turn your attention to the other.

I know that God wants to see as many students as possible reached with the Gospel and He wants as many as possible to have a deep relationship with Him. That’s my prayer for your ministry too.

About the Author

Chris Zeigler

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Chris Zeigler is the Assistant Director of BASIC. He was a student leader with BASIC at the SUNY Oswego campus and has never lost his heart for college students since then. He and his wife, Cheryl, have started BASIC groups at three colleges in NY. Outside of work you can hear him talking about his reluctant love for the Oakland Raiders, see him using his iPhone to get "the perfect shot" to feed his love for photography and playing with his adorable kids.

About the Author

Chris Zeigler

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Chris Zeigler is the Assistant Director of BASIC. He was a student leader with BASIC at the SUNY Oswego campus and has never lost his heart for college students since then. He and his wife, Cheryl, have started BASIC groups at three colleges in NY. Outside of work you can hear him talking about his reluctant love for the Oakland Raiders, see him using his iPhone to get "the perfect shot" to feed his love for photography and playing with his adorable kids.