Will numerous students from your ministry come back to campus in 13 years and remember all the spots they encountered Jesus?
It had been about five years since I’d seen Texas A&M, my alma mater, but I had the chance to go to the big Alabama game on Saturday. It was a phenomenal day and a really fun game, but it was also great to see a campus where God did so much in my life.
Not only did I get to take part in some amazing campus ministry – A&M has the strongest collegiate ministry climate in the country – but I remember countless moments with God alone, walking through the South Side after dark, sitting and reading in the Commons Lobby, seeking Him in Aston and Appelt residence halls, pacing in prayer in hidden spots within the Memorial Student Center.
So my question for us who serve college students is this: At the end of all the great messages and great events and great small groups, are we producing students who seek God on their own in a comprehensive way? Are they reading their Bibles? Are they learning on their own – apart from your ministry? Are they burning rough spots in the dorm room carpet because they’re on their needs (or pacing back and forth, like I do)? Are they establishing a spiritual history that, yes, includes your ministry in a big way… but isn’t driven entirely by their 8-month-a-year involvement in a cool Christian “movement”?
What do you know of your students’ own devotional lives? Even your student leaders – do they have thriving spiritual lives that go well beyond their engagement in your ministry? This is worth asking, making sure that with all the spiritual activity, we’re really and truly creating disciples… right?