BASIC Live - Free online ministry leadership training

Free Ministry Leadership Training

Chris Zeigler Advisors & Student Leaders, Leadership, Personal Development, Planning, Resources 0 Comments

One of the biggest challenges in ministry, and especially college ministry, is the challenge of raising up solid leaders. In college ministry it’s an ongoing process because of the high rate of turnover. So, when you do find leaders how do you train them and get them prepared for ministry in the fall?

It’s because of these challenges that I’m really excited to tell you about our 5th annual leadership event, BASIC Live, coming up on April 22nd. This year we have an incredible lineup of speakers. The even better part is, this training is completely free and you can view it online from wherever you’d like or join a Hot Spot in your area to watch with other leaders!

If you can’t join us the day of, there’s a way to sign up to watch afterwards. On April 22nd, the broadcast starts at 1 PM eastern time and will run till about 4 PM with breaks in between sessions. The Hot Spots start at noon with lunch provided.

Throughout the day we’ll be hearing from speakers like Onterio Green, young adult pastor at Bishop T.D. Jakes’ church. We’ll also hear from life coach Cindy Scott who will share coaching tips for working in teams and about how God has designed us. And there are so many others who will speak on topics of worship, raising up student leaders, discipleship and general leadership principles. 

It’s going to be an incredible event! To learn more, find a Hot Spot near you and to register check out the BASIC Live page.

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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.

Love Your Enemies

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

I don’t have to look far to find someone who is frustrated, disillusioned, annoyed, or downright angry in our current social and political climate. People are losing friends over Facebook, losing respect for peers over their party affiliation, and losing hope for the future of our country.

This is perhaps even more emphasized on a college campus, where ideas and opinions are supposed to be allowed, listened to, and respected. Tension is high and patience is at an all time low. Maybe as a campus minister or student leader you have felt overwhelmed and at a loss. What can we do? How do we deal with opposing views in our own leadership team and group? How do we lead students in peace?

I know I certainly don’t have the answers, but thankfully we serve a God who does. I have been drawn to the verses in Luke 6. In this part of scripture, Jesus is teaching to the multitudes. In this crowd were his twelve disciples, as well as people who had traveled miles and miles to hear what Jesus had to say. Jesus had just finished going through the beatitudes(giving hope to those who are poor, hungry, and hurting) and the woes (warning those who are rich, prideful, and ungrateful) when He makes a pretty radical statement.

“But I say to you who hear. Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” Luke 6:27-28

In our current context, I couldn’t help but feel the good, but powerful, sting of his words. Jesus calls us to something greater. He shows us how to deal. I wanted to break apart this verse and make it real for us today.

Love

Jesus calls us to love our enemies. The word Jesus used for “enemies” in Greek means hateful and hostile adversary or foe. I have seen and heard so many hurting people lash out with very hateful and hostile comments and remarks. In the moment, it may feel good to have the last word, but that is not the way of love. In 1 Corinthians 13 we get a biblical definition. Love is patient and kind. When someone is pushing your buttons, are you quick to listen and proceed with kindness? Love is not arrogant or rude. The next time you want to shove facts and statistics in someone’s face, remember that Jesus calls you to be humble and polite. Love also does not insist on its own way, it is not irritable or resentful. Very interesting. Are you willing to lay aside the fact that you might be “right” to show someone that you really care? These things are obviously challenging, but we are able because Christ enables us.

Do Good & Bless

I know, pretty crazy. Sometimes it is hard enough to look someone in the eye who has said something hurtful, let alone go out of your way to do good for them and bless them! Jesus gives us this standard because He is wise. His heart for us is to love Him and love others. When we are confident that God sees our hurt and the injustice, we can have peace and walk in freedom because He is ultimately the judge.

God wants us to have His heart for the people around us, especially those who hurt us. When someone takes a position that seems in opposition to everything you are or posts a video hating on what you believe, Jesus wants to come in and change your perspective. When you can see that person as an individual just like you with hopes, fears, and dreams, I pray your heart softens. When you compliment and encourage your enemy it is very disarming and unexpected. Often (but not always), this opens up the way for genuine communication and relationship. Then it is no longer about what you can prove, but instead about how well you can love them despite the differences.

Pray

This is probably one of the most powerful of the four and the last mentioned. We know from Ephesians 6:12 that our “battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” The person who is opposing you isn’t really your enemy at all. The beautiful thing about prayer is that God uses it two-fold. Not only are our prayers powerful and effective to change things in the world, but they are equally as effective at changing us. When we get serious about asking God for his guidance, help and love for the unlovable people in our life, we are radically changed from the inside out. It is in prayer that Jesus reveals more of who He is to us and shows us how to walk in peace despite the chaos around us.

I hope that this encourages you. Read Luke 6:27-36 and reflect on Jesus and His intentions when He shared this with the crowd. You are God’s strategy of hope to this weary world. Love well.

 

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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.

Fix Our Eyes

Sam DiStefano Leadership, Personal Development 0 Comments

If we are honest, sometimes life just feels like it is too much. Too much to handle, too much to carry, too much to feel, too much to figure out. The weight of our circumstances can hang heavy on our hearts. It’s a universal feeling affecting God’s people from the very beginning.

I don’t know what it is for you. I don’t know what season you are working through and what mountains are before you. I don’t know if it is waiting, or risking, or changing that is next for you. I find myself in a season of pressing and of pain. I find myself in a season where there seems to be more questions hanging around then answers. And when my heart and my head went dizzy trying to figure it all out, God spoke something so simple and sweet.

Fix your eyes on me.

It was only five words, but they brought me to my knees. It was stern but soft. This is the call; when you are afraid, when you are anxious, when you are unsure, lift your head and take the time to meditate on who your God is.

The God who is wise beyond our understanding and perfect in all of His ways.

He is the God who makes no mistakes. Paul writes in Romans 11:33, “Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand His decisions and His ways!”

The God who is good. ALWAYS.

Exodus 34:6 says, “The Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin.” He defines goodness for us. He assures us in Romans 8:28 that even our pain is good: “God causes ALL things to work together for good to those who love Him.”

The God who is unchanging.

What God has said and who He is cannot be changed. We have peace and security in this reality. He hasn’t given up, He doesn’t change his mind. “For I am the Lord, I do not change.” Malachi 3:6

The God who is powerful and in control.

Jeremiah 32:17 says, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.” God is a good King. He has all authority and all control and uses it for His glory. He is working in your life and nothing is too big or too hard for God to overcome.

The God who is faithful.

Perhaps the truth I have clung to most closely in this season. God will never leave or forsake you and nothing you do can change His mind. Deuteronomy 7:9 says, “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commandments.”

Something powerful happens in the human heart when we acknowledge the Lord for who He is. It is when we stop frantically looking at our problems and fix our eyes on Him that peace replaces anxiety, assurance replaces doubt, and overwhelming love replaces fear. He is with you, He is for you. Fix your eyes on Him.

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.

Campus Ministry Today

Free Resource And Download

Chris Zeigler Advisors & Student Leaders, Resources 0 Comments

 

I wanted to interrupt our normal posting routine to make you aware of a new resource. It’s called Campus Ministry Today and it’s put together by a number of influential leaders in the field of campus ministry.

It’s a collection of blog posts, books, podcasts and tools from various college ministry leaders across many topics such as discipleship, evangelism (including specific posts for different demographics), weekly meetings, mobilization, etc.

Right now if you subscribe to their weekly newsletter you’ll receive an email every Monday with fresh input and resources from their team. You’ll also get a free download. It’s a six week Bible study called “Who Am I?” for helping your students find their identity in Christ.

Go check it out and let me know what you think!

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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.