Impacting lostness through disciple-making on college campuses
    May 6 2014 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer

    A major ministry component that is significant in carrying out the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s (BSC) new strategy is Baptist Campus Ministry (BCM). We continue to invest a substantial portion of our Cooperative Program budget in our efforts to reach and disciple college and graduate students in North Carolina. The Collegiate Partnerships staff is working to mobilize and assist churches in making disciples of the 591,134 college students in North Carolina.
     
    In previous years, BCM focused on a limited number of college campuses in our state. However, the new strategy allows us to work through churches, Baptist associations and collegiate networks to impact lostness through disciple-making on more college campuses throughout North Carolina. Our methodology may have changed, but the mission remains the same.
     
    Not only are we working to retain a visible presence on or near the campuses where we have provided full-time ministers in past years, but in the past four months, the Collegiate Partnerships Team has worked with 12 Baptist associations and engaged as many as 50 churches with the potential for reaching out to 15 new campuses. We anticipate this number will continue to increase as more and more churches realize that campuses around them are significant points of lostness in our state.
     
    In eastern North Carolina, Scott Setzer, pastor of Second Baptist Church in Washington, is leading the South Roanoke Association to explore ways to minister to seven colleges in their region. BCM of the High Country in northwestern North Carolina has expanded the relationships cultivated between Appalachian State University Baptist Campus Ministry (ASU BCM) and local churches by partnering with Meat Camp, Cove Creek and South Fork Baptist churches.
     
    Meat Camp has joined the prayer ministry of ASU BCM while South Fork is enthusiastically considering ways to partner with the Convention to disciple students.
     
    Numerous churches have started work on college campuses where the Convention has historically lacked a presence. At Asheville-Buncombe Technical College, Jason Speier, minister of youth and worship at Woodland Hills Baptist Church, is recruiting 100 volunteers for Campus Aflame. Campus Aflame is a ministry of prayer and discipleship and seeks to develop gospel communities on the Asheville–Buncombe Tech campus.
     
    The Haywood Baptist Association is prayerfully formulating a BCM model that will mobilize local churches to target unreached people groups in vocational tracks of study. It will present new opportunities for disciple-making by bringing church members with specialized skills and training, such as cosmetology and law enforcement, onto community college campuses.
     
    In central North Carolina, Russ Reaves, pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church, facilitates Baptist work at UNC-Greensboro (UNCG). Reaves, along with UNCG BCM president Logan Macon, coordinates church efforts in the Piedmont Baptist Association to maintain a Baptist presence at UNCG with worship services, Bible studies and discipleship groups.
     
    Opportunities for ministry among international students are also increasing. Recently, I attended a portion of the Convention’s Annual International Student Retreat at Fort Caswell. There were 133 people at this retreat including students representing 33 different nations.
     
    The growing ethnic diversity in Durham has led Braggtown Baptist Church to develop a ministry with international students and young adults in the area through an outreach effort called The River. Another church in this region is in the initial stages of establishing a strategy to engage and minister to the international students at Wake Technical Community College’s Northern Wake Campus.
     
    In Kannapolis, several churches are partnering together to offer conversational English classes for international students and scholars at the North Carolina Research Campus. They are also offering Bible studies and support for a local Chinese church.
     
    In March, the Collegiate Partnerships Team also collaborated with Pitts Baptist Church in Concord to host a statewide training for Collegiate T4T, a storytelling discipleship model.
     
    For more information about how your church can become more involved in collegiate ministry, please contact Abby Edwards at the Collegiate Partnerships Team at (919) 459-5536 or aedwards@ncbaptist.org.
    5/6/2014 12:09:00 PM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer | with 0 comments
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