Last week I talked about some common elements, principles, and values while exploring the potential for launching new movements. It was the summary of a day of discussions by experienced global Student-Led Movements staff in Antalya, Turkey in December.
While already coaching volunteers on multiple campuses, they continue to look for what God might do on others. Today I want to pass on how they challenge potential Key Volunteers to launch spiritual movements on new campuses.
Challenging to become Key Volunteers
Some common principles and values that drives challenging:
- Believe that God is already at work and has people in every place. He is the one calling students to be KV’s.
- Take the initiative.
- Base conversations in Scripture.
- Encourage and listen to the vision KV’s have — not forcing “our” vision.
- Choose wisely and look for responsiveness, action, and obedience.
- Leadership can be learned. Willingness is key. Students can learn to lead.
- Challenge them to walk in faith, dream big, and believe God.
- Trust God that He is working even when others say “No.” or don’t follow through.
Common elements of challenging are:
- Vision Casting
- Asking, learning, studying God’s plan in Scripture for the world.
- Hear what their vision is.
- Seek the Lord together. Pray
- Make the Key Volunteer Agreement clear and simple.
- Charge them to action.
- Help them to reach their mission field, campus.
- Be clear in what we ask them to do.
- Challenge broadly.
- Find the right person. Be okay with “no” answers and keep looking.
- Start with the gospel, focus on the mission.
Because one way doesn’t work in every situation, we engaged in a kinetic exercise to look at tensions in challenging.
1. Do you challenge to be a KV in one meeting, or over many meetings?
- 54% challenge in one meeting, 22% over several meetings, and 24% use a mix of one or several.
2. Do you challenge to be a KV soon after meeting them, or after giving them some training?
- 44% challenge quickly, 8% challenge only after giving them some training, and 48% use a mix depending on the individual.
3. Do you ask the Key Volunteer to sign an agreement, or is a verbal agreement sufficient?
- 49% ask them to sign an agreement, 24% just use a verbal agreement, and 27% might or might not ask them to sign one.
Like we saw with exploring, staff approach challenging students to be Key Volunteers in various ways.
Global SLM has set a goal to be on 50% of the 32,000 major campuses of the world by 2020. Currently, we are on about 5000. The team recognizes that the lostness of millions of students compels us to do some things radically different to launch on more than 11,000 campuses in the next five years. But it begins with trusting God to lead us to those that God has already prepared.
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