Several years ago, I was coaching, Brian, a pastor in Canton, in upstate New York. He had students in his congregation from two campuses in town. As time went on, he began to spend more time at SUNY Canton and enjoyed getting more opportunities to minister there.
One day, I received a call from Sean. He introduced himself as a pastor of a sister church in Potsdam, 30 miles away, where there were also two colleges. He said that he had heard about the kinds of input I’d given Brian, and then he asked, “Can I get in on what your are doing with Brian?”
What we offer students, volunteers, and faculty, is incredibly valuable. The ministry training, the personal development, and the model of living missionally that we offer is something that many long to experience. When given the opportunity, I believe that many on campuses where we are not currently working wish they could “get in on what we are doing”.
I can imagine that many of those we are currently working with know friends on other campuses. Why not make a point of asking those who have benefited most from your discipleship and training if they know someone on a campus where we don’t have a ministry?
Just think. What if just one person on each of our current campuses would identify a friend on another campus who longs to live for Christ and make a difference for Him? And what if someone on your team decided to call them and walk through the Key Volunteer Challenge and they accepted? And what if they decided to call them each week with some simple steps for finding other Christian friends and together launch a movement?
Just think how many new movements we could launch before the end of the year. Just think how many others could be exposed to the Gospel? And just think how many others could see something of the purpose God has for them. Just by being intentional about asking about friends. Wouldn’t that be amazing?
In my case, it turned out that Sean actually saw more students take steps to make a difference for Christ at SUNY Potsdam than Brian had seen. It was a case of Henry Blackaby’s principle in Experiencing God, finding where God was at work and joining in by providing some simple coaching.
Previous Coaching Tips
- Andy Stanley’s Looking for the Uniquely Better.
- Beginning the Year Checklist.
- A tension: Only the interested or every person?
- Next Steps with the Each and the Every.
- Can Incoming Freshmen Launch?
- Caring for our People.
- The Network Map.
- The First Coaching Call.
- Collaborative Discipleship.
- Developing Leaders with Different Personalities.
- Two Simple Leadership Development Constructs.
- How to Finish When You Can’t See the Finish Line.
- Uh oh! Now what?
- Key Volunteer Challenge.
- Launch Week Side Benefits.
- A Launch Trip Offers Team Benefits.
- Advent Devotionals.
- December Checklist.
- Mention Spring Break Opportunities Now.
- Gap Year.
- Engaging Spiritually with Friends and Family Over Break.
- Prayer, Evangelism, Biblical Content, and Community. Parts 1 & 2.
- Students learning from other student leaders.
- Removing Hurdles to Volunteer Involvement.
- Ministry as microcosm or ecosystem?
- Articulating vision.