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Thanking God for those who preceded. November 22, 2015

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It’s Thanksgiving week in the US. Our hearts typically turn nostalgic. And thankfulness is a bit more on the forefront of our minds.

Many of us are thankful for what God is doing in and through us. We thank God for our ministries and our disciples, and how He has worked.

I am thinking this year in particular about those who have gone before and on whose shoulders I stand. Let me give you an example.

During my first years on staff, I led a discipleship group with two Chinese graduate students and a Singaporean. Joe and Loc led the Chinese Christian Fellowship, a weekly gathering of nearly 200. They gave me a Chinese language Bible and I attended a few times, not understanding a word said, but amazed at what God was doing through them.

I was telling our staff team about this discipleship group one day when one of the women who had been on the team a few more years than me brought me up short. “Are you aware that others paved the way for you to have that discipleship relationship?”

I had only seen what I was contributing to these leaders and had forgotten or unaware that other staff had built into these men, setting me up on a platform I did not build. I stood on the shoulders of others.

As you thank God this week for what He is doing in and through you, give thanks also for what He has done through others before to prepare the ground for what you are reaping. And, by faith, thank Him for what will come after you as others build on your efforts. What we do fits into the long view of God’s purposes.


Some related tips.
Prayer Surfaces Leaders.
Extending Grace Like the Father.


Earlier in the fall I wrote about the five areas of strategic focus of the US Campus Ministry.

  1. WBS Movements
  2. Multiethnic Organization
  3. Stakeholders & Partnerships
  4. Movement Accelerators
  5. Prayer Catalysts

Helicopter Leadership November 15, 2015

Posted by Gilbert Kingsley in Coaching, Leadership, Student Ownership.
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We’ve heard the term “helicopter parenting.” There is a great article about it in Parent’s Magazine identifying reasons parents helicopter, the consequences, and how to avoid it.

Recently, David Martinelli, Executive Director, CFM, talked about the parallels of helicoptering to our own leadership with students and faculty. That got me thinking about how easy it is for us as staff to hover too closely and supervise in such a way that fosters dependence upon us.

What naturally comes to mind is the old adage, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will feed his family for a lifetime.”

A few weeks ago, my wife, Chris, had a coaching call with Kaitlin. She got married six months ago. Due to her husband’s more extensive travel than they had anticipated, she was grumbling about it some. Chris asked her to consider how 1 Thessalonians 5:17-19 and Philippians 4:11 relate to how she might view her husband’s travel.

A couple of hours later, Kaitlin sent a picture of some notes she jotted down about the pro’s of a traveling husband.

  • Freedom to make plans with [a co-worker with a different religious background] and other girlfriends.
  • Opportunities to serve moms at church.
  • Freedom to do projects/crafts.
  • Time to read and seek Jesus without distraction.
  • Time to talk on the phone with my family and friends.
  • Could practice cooking.
  • Special date nights when Clark is home.
  • Cherish time together.

Kaitlin realized that Clark’s out of town travel allowed her ministry opportunities with her co-worker and women in her Bible study. A simple question set Kaitlin on a path to discovering the positives herself. If Chris had pointed out those positives to her, she would have helicoptered in her leadership. Nothing left for Kaitlin to do but to agree.

In the time since Chris’s exchange with Kaitlin, she had a dinner with her co-worker and some Christian friends. It has opened up even more opportunities in the future.

For many of us in the US, we will be attending a recruiting conference, a team leader gathering, or fall staff conference this week. These will take us off campus. Let’s look for ways to set up our student leaders to take on some of the responsibilities we might normally retain for ourselves.


Other related tips.
Student-led movements in Nebraska.
Student-led Ministries in Brazil.
Distributing Ownership.
Evaluating Ministry to Generation Z.


Earlier in the fall I wrote about the five areas of strategic focus of the US Campus Ministry.

  1. WBS Movements
  2. Multiethnic Organization
  3. Stakeholders & Partnerships
  4. Movement Accelerators
  5. Prayer Catalysts

Forming a Leadership Team November 8, 2015

Posted by Gilbert Kingsley in Launching, Leadership, Student Ownership, Trusting God, Volunteers.
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Whether launching a movement in another context on our hub campus or on a new campus an hour away, there are some essentials in getting established.

One of the most important is forming a leadership team. It doesn’t matter if a student caught the vision at a fall retreat, a prospective volunteer is asking for help, or a parent is starting a ministry with her daughter, make sure you tell them not to do it by themselves.

This information comes from Forming a Leadership Team currently on CruPress Green.

“Moses was the main leader of the people of Israel during their 40 years in the wilderness. But Moses couldn’t handle all of the responsibilities himself. Notice the advice of Jethro, his father-in-law:

“ ‘You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone. Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him. Teach them the decrees and laws, and show them the way to live and the duties they are to perform. But select capable men from all the people– men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain–and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you. If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.’ (Exodus 18:18-23)

“Moses needed leaders who possessed wisdom and others who excelled at administration. Jesus also carefully selected men and women with various gifts and abilities to accomplish His mission. They were the teachers, inspirational leaders, and visionaries of the early church. No one person has all it takes to see the vision of a ministry become a reality.


“An effective team must be a group of individuals who possess the necessary gifts and abilities that will cause the ministry to flourish. After selecting your campus ministry leader, choose the people who will complete your team and help accomplish your mission. There are six roles you will need to complete a team.

“The Visionary – This person has the gift of faith in looking at the future. The visionary will dream dreams which are beyond your normal rational thinker. The visionary says, “This can happen!” The visionary is a person like the apostle Paul, D. L. Moody or Bill Bright. They are the inspirational force behind their God-given vision for ministry. Not everyone possesses this gift to the same degree, but a visionary is needed for an effective ministry.

“The People Gatherer – This person draws the masses—your extrovert with natural charisma. This person will talk to anyone, speak publicly, and do the surveys with ease.

“The Builder – This is your true discipler. He or she is the one who shepherds others, models the Christian life, and trains them to live out the Christian life in a dynamic way.

“The Administrator – This person is good at details and can get the job done. You need someone who can plan and work out the myriad of details of a conference, retreat, meeting, etc. Without the administrator, your vision will not be accomplished.

“The Men’s Leader and Women’s Leader – These two people will lead the men’s ministry and the women’s ministry.

“To understand the validity of the above roles, study any growing church or Christian organization. You will discover that some form of the above six roles are filled by qualified and gifted individuals in those specific areas. When people are working in areas of their giftedness, the whole team or organization will be maximized to its fullest potential.


“Once a key leader has been chosen, pray and seek out people to surround that leader who can faithfully execute the roles above. This model of teamwork may not happen right away, but with prayer and hard work, it can become a reality for your ministry.”


While I’ve included all the content above, I would encourage you to print out and save this important resource, Forming a Leadership Team.

There are two extremes to avoid here. One is starting with the first person to show up. The other is not starting until you have each of these roles. I would encourage you to begin even if you don’t have some of these roles present. But keep looking for those who will round out your leadership team.


Earlier in the fall I wrote about the five areas of strategic focus of the US Campus Ministry.

  1. WBS Movements
  2. Multiethnic Organization
  3. Stakeholders & Partnerships
  4. Movement Accelerators
  5. Prayer Catalysts

Building relationships over a distance. November 2, 2015

Posted by Gilbert Kingsley in Coaching, Sending.
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“Paige?” asked Chris.


“I’m Chris.”

“Oh my goodness. It’s SO great to meet you finally!” as she gave her a big hug.

This was the very first time to meet in person.

Paige was a two-year Stinter in Greece before becoming an administrative assistant for a clothing designer in New York City. Chris has talked with her every few weeks since she left our ministry two years ago. She is one of more than two dozen former stinters Chris helps apply their ministry experience to their work setting.

This meeting took place just after Anja and John’s wedding at the Church of the Holy Apostles in Manhattan. Paige and Anja had been roommates.

Anja is another that Chris coaches. Over the time of their coaching relationship, Chris observed many of the personal details in her life, from meeting John, falling in love, getting engaged, and even participating in our Marriage Prep Class in our church in Orlando. We used to set a computer on a front table and they attended our 13 week class by Skype. And here Chris and I were attending their wedding.

When we got ready to leave their reception, Anja gave Chris a big hug and blurted out, “None of this would have been possible without you.” Obviously, that was the exuberant overstatement of a happy bride. But knowing that far more than ministry coaching was taking place from Chris’s chair in our home across the miles to mid-town Manhattan, makes distance coaching worthwhile.

Many have also found the benefit of coaching from a distance. Certainly, there is the ability to coach more and in more places. Because the coach must be more intentional about our leadership, we must equip better and instill a sense of ownership sooner. Distance can be a hindrance, but it need not be.

So if you know someone interested in starting on another campus, why not give them a call this week and offer some simple suggestions for ministry. Offer to call them back periodically. I have come to see that leaders value the unselfish sharing of ideas by other leaders.

Who knows, you just might just end up attending their wedding because your relationship had become so meaningful.


Earlier in the fall I wrote about the five areas of strategic focus of the US Campus Ministry.

  1. WBS Movements
  2. Multiethnic Organization
  3. Stakeholders & Partnerships
  4. Movement Accelerators
  5. Prayer Catalysts

Sending Athletes October 26, 2015

Posted by Gilbert Kingsley in Leadership, Sending.
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Last week, I talked about Sending Seniors. Here is another tip on sending. This time, athletes.

You know that Athletes in Action, AIA, works with professional athletes. And you know that their staff work with many of the top collegiate athletes. But did you know they have a distance coaching team, SportLinc, providing specific athletic ministry coaching on campuses where they don’t have staff?

I am copied on a monthly email to students and leaders offering coaching ideas. The one for October focused on Go-Vember, casting vision for going on a Spring Break or summer mission, doing a year internship, or joining staff. It included a pdf explaining those opportunities. If you click on this pic, you will have a great piece to give athletes explaining those opportunities.

As Go-Vember says,
“If your team gives its most direct and intentional focus on recruiting now, you can create early momentum which will snowball throughout the spring months. Students can share their excitement about participating in the Great Commission with their parents over Thanksgiving or Christmas break. Take advantage of this month—it will pay off in March.”

Two other thoughts. If you have an athlete leading in your movement that you think would benefit from connection with SportLinc, why not sign them up to receive their emails. Or ask about coaching from their SportLinc coaches. aia.sportlinc@athletesinaction.org


Earlier in the fall I wrote about the five areas of strategic focus of the US Campus Ministry.

  1. WBS Movements
  2. Multiethnic Organization
  3. Stakeholders & Partnerships
  4. Movement Accelerators
  5. Prayer Catalysts

Sending Seniors. October 19, 2015

Posted by Gilbert Kingsley in Sending.
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It seems like just last week that I wrote about starting the year. And now here we are already thinking about Sent conferences and graduating seniors.

The best place for sending resources is at Life on Mission. This page replaces the “Sending your Seniors” and “After Graduation” pages.

Allyson Davies, with the National 100% Sent Team, recently shared with our team some of the new features of Life on Mission.

Here are a few highlights.

Our team took 20 minutes to explore all the features of Life on Mission. Why not take some time in a staff meeting to work though it together as a team?


Earlier in the fall I wrote about the five areas of strategic focus of the US Campus Ministry.

  1. WBS Movements
  2. Multiethnic Organization
  3. Stakeholders & Partnerships
  4. Movement Accelerators
  5. Prayer Catalysts

APEST October 12, 2015

Posted by Gilbert Kingsley in Character, Leadership.
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We talk a lot in our ministry about “growing where we are” and “going where we aren’t”.

There are skills for launching a movement, and others, such as evangelism, discipleship, teaching, crossing cultural bridges, coaching, networking, fund development, etc., for building one. Sometimes it’s hard to sort out natural gifting and abilities from what our training has developed in us.

APEST is an assessment that measures ministry motivation and expression. Based upon the fivefold ministry of Ephesians 4, Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Shepherds, and Teacher, APEST helps you find your unique ministry contribution.

You can read more about APEST with descriptions of each of the five ministries.

Here is an excerpt from that page.

“The APEST material originated in the writings of Paul. For there to be movement or growth in any context, a team should draw upon the natural energy and momentum inherent in each member. Every person functions in unique ways. It is remarkable when a group allows each member to function out of their natural capacities, thus contributing to the overall movement, direction, and wisdom of a team. APEST™ is designed to help people identify their natural, ministry motivation and expression in a given situation.”

You can view a sample profile report.

You can begin your own assessment here.

In their explanation, they say, “APEST leads one to new areas of learning and integration for increased ministry engagement [and] provides a quantified result to identify one’s current place for influence within a larger community.

With so much that we are trusting God to do, it is so important that we all find our unique contribution to the mission.

Every group leader should know “5Q”. October 12, 2015

Posted by Gilbert Kingsley in Discipleship, Leadership.
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You’ve taken surveys, followed up incoming Freshmen, and invited students to get involved in your community groups. It is in the small group, where relationships deepen and God’s Word takes root in a life.

But we all know that people simply showing up doesn’t ensure that life change takes place. The small group leader has an important role in creating an environment for growth and ushering participants into a life of faith.

While there are lots of good resources out there, such as The Ultimate Roadtrip, for training small group leaders, here is a simple, but vital method someone recently passed on to me. Bob Mayfield, Sunday School/Small Groups specialist at the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, talks about 5Q. It comes from one of his blog posts on “teaching methods every group leader should know”.

“…5Q is simply a take on facilitation. When a teacher is using facilitation as a means of teaching, they are generally using either questions or collaboration…

“Clearing the air on what facilitation is, and what it is not:”

  • Facilitation does NOT mean that the teacher does not need to study or develop a lesson plan. In fact, the teacher had better be well prepared because there is a good chance that he or she may receive a question that they did not anticipate because the learners are highly engaged in facilitation.
  • Facilitation does include engaging participants in the discovery process.
  • Facilitation does not mean that the most popular or most passionately presented answer is the correct one.
  • Facilitation is teaching.
  • Facilitation is not unguided learning.
  • Facilitation is not pooling the collective ignorance of the group.

“I use the term 5Q for facilitation because in my opinion, it is the best method to use when describing this form of facilitation. Also as mentioned earlier, there are other forms of facilitation.

“5Q follows five questions that the teacher or group leader develops before the group meeting. These questions are designed to help the group engage with the Bible study, but need to be developed in a process. They are not random questions tossed at the group, but instead there is a sequence to the questions involved…

“5Q (5 Questions)

  1. An introductory question that is light and can engage everyone in the group. This question should be connected to the Bible study and serve as a way to introduce and interest the group members in the Bible study.
  2. What is the context of the passage? Who was it written to and why?
  3. What does the passage say? After reading the passage, involve group members in a discussion of what the passage says. Focus on key words in the passage and their meaning.
  4. What issue is the passage addressing or correcting? What are some similar issues that we face today that this passage sheds light upon?
  5. Discuss some applications from the passage that group members can learn from in their own personal lives.”

You can find more resources on Mayfield’s blog. 5Q is similar to the CHAT (Connect, Hear, Apply and Tell) format in the Essentials24 small group studies.


Earlier in the fall I wrote about the five areas of strategic focus of the US Campus Ministry.

  1. WBS Movements
  2. Multiethnic Organization
  3. Stakeholders & Partnerships
  4. Movement Accelerators
  5. Prayer Catalysts

Strategic Planning Snapshot Links October 5, 2015

Posted by Gilbert Kingsley in Leadership, Partnering, Planning.
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– If you like strategic planning, this tip is for you.
– If you are interested in other contexts or like knowing what others are doing, you’ll find this interesting.
– If strategic planning puts you to sleep, well…I’ll have a different tip next week!

At our last national team meeting, we were shown the Strategic Planning Snapshot Links. It lists links to snapshots of the campus ministry’s Strategic Plan, as well as National Teams’ and National Ministries’ Strategic Plans.

The purpose of the document is to enable leaders and teams to be informed by the various plans and to collaborate with each other more effectively.

You can access the document yourself. Not all teams have theirs updated yet, but here is what you’ll find today.

Top 10 Leadership Qualities of Ethnic Minorities September 28, 2015

Posted by Gilbert Kingsley in Launching, Leadership.
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During the 1980s and 90s, I was team leader at the University of Rhode Island. One year, I led a Bible study that I called my Chris and Jimmy study. The regulars were Chris M., Chris C., Chris J., and Jimmy. Chris B. and Chris P. were sporadic. I tried to get another Chris to come but he never did. That was my Chris and Jimmy study.

One Chris was an African American. We talked a lot about reaching out to others that he knew, but nothing ever materialized. I made a bunch of mistakes. Back in those days, ministering cross-culturally was baffling to me. It wasn’t until years later that I began to understand cultural differences and the value of contextualized ministry.

Our CFM National Team met recently and one focus was on launching ethnic movements. Part of our discussion revolved around how leadership looks different in various ethnic Screen Shot 2015-09-27 at 8.32.46 PMcultures.

Several staff, Renee Begay, Stuart Dodds, Shawn Faulkner, Marc Henkel, David Marshall, and Tony Wee, did some really good work in a Senior Leadership Institute working group on diversity. Their work is summarized in a paper, “Tapestry, The Cru Mission on Diversity.” But I want to call attention to the section “Top 10 Leadership Qualities of Ethnic Minorities.”

It would be a mistake to think that what looks like leadership in one culture will necessarily be leadership in another ethnic culture. And a greater mistake would be to miss what that ethnic community values as leadership.

For example, Christina Magdalenda and Lucas Lopez in Destino listed these 10 leadership qualities:

  1. Not self seeking but sacrificial for the benefit of those being led.
  2. Listener.
  3. Proactive.
  4. Invites and considers the concerns of the familia and includes them in the decision making process.
  5. Perseverance in face of adversity.
  6. Celebrate the success of our familia/people, encouraging them to greatness.
  7. Teachable (able to learn from those who have gone before them in leadership).
  8. Transparency (able to open up once trust is established).
  9. Forgiving (Not easily offended).
  10. Learner – Values process over results and efficiency.

As you make plans to reach out to other ethnic communities on your campuses, why not download this helpful 4-page resource, “Top 10 Leadership Qualities of Ethnic Minorities.” It will give you an awareness of the different leadership qualities. Plus there are some great resources on developing cultural competency, contextualization, and more.


I’ve been writing about the five areas of strategic focus of the US Campus Ministry.

  1. WBS Movements
  2. Multiethnic Organization
  3. Stakeholders & Partnerships
  4. Movement Accelerators
  5. Prayer Catalysts

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