WHY THE CAMPUS?
Throughout history, movements have published manifestos to encapsulate and communicate their mission. Rice Broocks penned the Campus Manifesto, stating the reasons we must reach the campus. Here’s an updated version of Every Nation’s Campus Manifesto, which has the potential to change the world.
The future leaders of society are on our campuses.
Virtually all of the world’s presidents, prime ministers, senators, members of parliaments, bankers, lawyers, judges, teachers, doctors, and business leaders have passed through the college and university system. In every critical aspect of a nation’s culture, the campus is where we find the future influencers.
Major movements, bad or good, start on the campus.
From spiritual revival to political revolution, the campus gives birth to change. Marxism, atheism, feminism, and practically every other “ism” that has spread around the world at one time started as a tiny seed on the university campus.
The majority of those who become Christians do so as students.
Countless studies continue to confirm that most people surrender to Christ before their twenty-fifth birthday. This hits close to home. Many of our current leaders responded to the gospel before their twenty-fifth birthday.
International students impact their nations.
International students represent the top one percent of the students in their home nations. Many of these students come from nations that restrict or ban the gospel. By reaching them while they’re on our campuses and sending them home with the gospel, we can broaden the gospel’s reach in the world.
The values on campus become the values in society.
The philosophy, morality, and ethics taught by professors on university campuses slowly but surely work their way into public policy, media, and education. Those ideas and values become preserved for decades through legislation, education, music, movies, literature, and media.
The most available and trainable groups of people are on our campuses.
Since they have few obligations, students have few limitations to following Christ and serving him boldly. The campus is not only the source of the next generation of business, government, and educational leaders, but it’s also where we find the next generation of church leaders and cross-cultural missionaries.
When we reach a student, we reach a family.
Moms, dads, brothers, and sisters are often impacted by the stories from students who return home with a changed life. The New Testament pattern of church growth showed entire families turning to Christ. That hasn’t changed. One weekend home visit from a student transformed by the gospel can start a spiritual chain reaction that impacts every member of their family.
God promised to pour out his Spirit on sons and daughters. (Acts 2:17)
In other words, we should anticipate and hope for an enormous awakening in the younger generations of the world. We have to be prepared to handle this abundance by sending missionaries who are equipped and empowered to make disciples to colleges and high schools.
My hope is to see a movement of multiplying disciples who love God, one another, and the world. The campus is a strategic place as the future leaders of our world are most open to Jesus and spiritual transformation
So it is our heart, it is our passion to reach out to the university students. God has opened a door, and we get to see the fruit of that by disciplining these students and helping them grow into leadership positions in Every Nation Campus, but then also in the church and eventually in life.
When we reach out to the students in Panama, especially the University of Panama, it’s going to create a ripple effect. But it’s not just going to make an impact in the university, but also in their families, and eventually the entire nation.
A vision to reach the whole world through the university campus.
Campus ministry is a dedication to take the gospel to college students, right where they are on campus. It’s a calling to serve, to impact, to go.
Campus missionaries around the world evangelize and disciple students, advancing God’s kingdom on the university campus.
Stories from the Campus
“Our vision is to see Washington, DC, won to Jesus.” Watch how God is opening doors for church planters to reach their neighbors and city with the gospel.
“In the Lord, our labor is not in vain.” Started as a member-led initiative at Every Nation Church Singapore, Serve Our City has been showing the love of Christ to their community in tangible ways. Watch how they’re meeting the different needs of their community and...
“We have a living hope in Christ. And that is why I believe it is time to see people come to know Jesus and get them planted in a church.” Watch how God is opening doors for church planters in Los Angeles, California, to start a church at their local university.