Some ask, "Why do we need a new strategy? The old paradigm has been working just fine." We need a new strategy because we are no longer welcome. It's only a matter of time before BCM's registered student organization (RSO) status is revoked. When that happens, how will we be positioned to continue to engage the campus?
The new KY BCM Strategy works to equip and mobilize more of the Church to engage the campus. Followers of Jesus will continue to have access to campus. Churches will continue to exist off-campus. The old-paradigm depended, primarily, on a BCM Director and a few students to do the work of evangelizing the campus. This required a solid leadership structure built to survive and thrive in the higher education environment and BSU/BCM has provided that. BCM's new paradigm builds off of its solid ministry structure and increasingly helps more churches engage.
The new KY BCM strategy works to mobilize the individual follower of Christ within a corporate strategy birthed from the Church. Imagine if we were actually discipling our kids such that they learned how to engage their campus/school as a missionary with the purpose of helping their classmates, teachers, and others encounter Jesus? They might just see that the church has something to offer and that our mission is vast and our role is important. These students would engage church differently. They would come looking for answers and wisdom in order to learn so they could help their friends encounter Jesus. Imagine 12+ years of this discipleship prior to them going to college. If this could happen, we would have an army of disciples ready and excited about engaging the higher education environment. They would not be run over by that philosophy or science professor bent on destroying their faith. They would have a solid understanding of the Bible and how to engage their peers regarding topics like sexuality, marriage, addictions, importance of church, and so on. An army like this would carry with it and disperse the Love of Jesus in a way that would revolutionize every campus from primary to post-secondary and, ultimately, the US and the world. This is the power of The Church.
So, what's the new strategy? Helping churches reach Kentucky and the world for Christ. This is KBC mission statement. KY BCM's role is to help churches lead college students and others in the academic community to encounter Jesus and to develop them as multiplying disciples and leaders. We have 10 Campus Missionaries strategically placed around Kentucky to serve as expert missionary strategists to help churches develop effective engagement strategies. Each of those 10 Campus Missionaries are actively recruiting 10-15 self-funded Campus Missionary Interns that will engage the campus and serve as bridging agents and resources for churches as they learn to engage, once again, young-adults and college students. The increased resources engaging the campus allow for even more evangelistic emphasis aimed at the campus while also investing in helping local churches.
Our ultimate goal is to see the Bride of Christ wake up and step into the divine moment God has placed before us so that more people can encounter Jesus. We can cower at decisions the World is making that seem to limit our access or we can step into the moment and trust that God has a plan for this!
What needs to happen?
- Assess your own discipleship process. Is it equipping and mobilizing people to help others encounter Jesus? Is it equipping followers of Jesus to respond effectively to issues of the day like, marriage, sexuality, and so on? What affinities exist within and around your church body that you could engage with the Gospel? How are you engaging? Here's a great resource to help with this: LIFE Project - Leader's Guide - Member's Guide.
- Get in touch with a Campus Missionary or myself so we can join together on this journey toward increasing our engagement. But, we are not close to a campus? Do you have kids in your church? Will those kids go to college one day? Then, start preparing them now so that when they leave for college, they will leave as a missionary of your church. But, we don't have kids or young people in our church? Do you have anyone passionate about helping people encounter Jesus? Start with those people. Reach the people in their sphere of influence. When you begin stepping into the divine moments God places before you, you will life up Jesus and Jesus will draw people to your church. There's not a secret pill or program that's going to do it. It's going to take each of us living out our divine design to see the Gospel taken to all nations. Check out http://www.kybcm.org/contact-us.html to get connected.
- Support a Campus Missionary - Pray for him and those he is leading. The demands are great! Living daily in the higher education environment is challenging and serving as a bridge builder between the local church and campus takes tremendous effort. In some cases, these Campus Missionaries are essentially functioning on their own. Support them with your prayers, call them, send them an encouraging letter, ask them how you can be supportive and engage. Check out http://www.kybcm.org/contact-us.html to connect with a Campus Missionary.
- Support a Campus Missionary Intern - These young-adults are stepping out in faith and trusting that God will provide for their needs. Pray for them. Call them. Send them an encouraging letter and ask them how you can be supportive. Check out http://www.kybcm.org/intern to connect with them and see how you can support them.