I was out for a walk recently with my son, Rick, MTL at Florida State University. He commented about how we train primarily in ministry mode evangelism, and not enough in natural mode. He said it’s pretty dissatisfying watching people not hanging in there with friendships that don’t progress toward trusting Christ, or how to work through awkward conversations. Those who graduate from our ministry and go into the marketplace especially feel that lack of training.
At about the same time I had in a conversation with Scott Livermore, middle and high school ministry coach, and team leader for Educators on Mission. He told me that the question he gets most often from Education Majors is how to help them live missionally in their future career.
His response: “Come join us this summer for the Cru Summer Mission: Educators Summer Mission. Those 15 days will set you up for a lifetime of ministry. You will create a training seminar at our high school Summer Conference. You will learn your legal freedoms as a believing educator. And, as part of a team, you will present a plan for launching a movement on a school that you can use as a blueprint for when you graduate.”
He usually has a bit more to tell them, like who wouldn’t want to spend 15 days in Estes Park, CO? And how the team believes they have created a great blend of ministry philosophy, practical application, Cru distinctive areas, and hands on ministry leadership.
Alex is an alum of the Educators Summer Mission. He teaches art in Lincoln, NE. Concerned about getting to know his students at his new school, he decided to invite students to hang out with him at lunch. Two things happened: 1. So many students were coming each day that he had to reset his boundaries so he could get work done a couple of lunches per week, and 2. Alex soon started a weekly guys group after school to begin discipleship with them. They appreciated how he demonstrated compassion and care. He also helps out with the weekly Bible club on campus.
A few more details about the summer mission.
- Housing will be in hotel-type rooms in the newer lodges at the YMCA of the Rockies.
- Participants will serve as leaders for the High School Summer Conference (formerly, Rocky Mountain Getaway).
- The cost is $1995.
- There are also opportunities for staff to serve on the mission discipling men or women.
- If you have questions, email Scott at Scott.Livermore@cru.org.
- Here is a flyer for Educators Summer Mission.
Would you consider challenging your Education Majors to invest two weeks this summer as part of the Educators Summer Mission, thereby helping prepare them for a life of ministry?
Fall 2016 Coaching Tips
- “Act as if it were true”.
- Beginning the Campus Year Checklist.
- Ways a coach helps.
- Engaging South Asian Students.
- Did you know…?
- Using Summer Connect Content this Fall.
- Destino Connecting Culture and the Gospel.
- I’m listening to you.
- Movement Leadership Forms.
- Outreach in real and virtual contexts.
- Ministry beyond ministry.
- Launch and Build Bridges Movements.