Friday, May 1, 2020

Developing Leaders


"And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others." - 2 Timothy 2:2 NIV


With over 45,000 students on the two campuses where I get to do ministry, it is vital that I and the rest of our staff do our best not only to reach as many students as we can for Christ but to empower our young men and women to go and make disciples themselves on the college campus. We are in the business not only of making disciples but of making disciple-makers. This is why we have recently focused a lot of our efforts on leadership development.

UTA
With SICM canceled due to COVID-19, we are going to have to get creative to meet the challenge of preparing our students to lead cores, evangelize on campus, and study Scripture with their peers come August. We're looking into alternative ministry training options for our ministry as a whole (i.e., across all of our campuses), but in the meantime, my co-laborer Austin and I have begun meeting weekly with a group of 10 young men who we believe have hearts that are ready to be used by God to make an impact on their campus.

Together, we are currently reading and discussing The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert E. Coleman, where we get an in-depth look at the Master Minister's (i.e. Jesus') way of doing ministry, in hopes that with the empowering of the Spirit, we can apply Jesus' methods to our modern university context. I care so deeply for each young man in our group and am SO excited to see how God knits us together as a team for his Kingdom over the course of our discussion meetings!

DBU
Leadership development at DBU has looked a little different. As the only staff-person currently serving at this campus, I have in many ways had to ask for my student leaders to function as a staff. 

For example, as I have mentioned in previous ministry updates, we have faced so many obstacles to becoming a registered student organization at DBU. We have a solid group of men, women, American students, international students, full-fledged disciples, and young Christians who are eager to organize evangelism opportunities and meet for worship in a classroom that can accommodate our size, but we have been kept from doing so due to the lack of a willing faculty sponsor, which is a requirement for registration. Our three student leaders have asked numerous professors, visited several organization offices, and have even written a letter to the DBU president to try to get this taken care of. As frustrating as this process has been at times, what an opportunity it has been for them to experience the perseverance and trust in God necessary to be an effective spiritual leader!


Between this issue, their conversational evangelism efforts, and their resourcefulness in getting all of our students 1-on-1 spiritual attention, our core facilitators have had to think strategically about getting a relatively new ministry off the ground in ways that many staff people and even more core facilitators on our other campuses have never had to, and I praise God for that opportunity for them!

PRAYER & THANKSGIVING
I would like to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for your continued financial support and partnership in moving the Kingdom forward on these campuses. If I may, I would like to ask for additional (and more powerful!) support in the form of prayer over this next month. Our ministry at DBU is currently hindered by our unregistered status, and so we need as much prayer as possible dedicated to asking God to make it happen as we continue to try to problem-solve. In addition, summer is a crucial time for leadership development that is going to have to look different this year due to the cancelation of SICM. We need as much prayer as possible dedicated to asking God to make strong leaders out of our young men and women this summer. Will you join me in prayer for these two essential aspects of our ministry?

Thank you again for your partnership in all of this!!

With love and gratitude,
Jalen


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