Sep 25, 2014

Develop, Multiply

Episode 17: Multiplication in Miami – Reaching Commuters


Gus Hernandez shares his story of starting from scratch on a Miami campus. Hear how his hybrid church/campus role, “portable church” method, and emphasis on student leadership have led to a rapidly multiplying ministry at a university made up of 95% commuter students.


Gus Hernandez
// College Pastor at Christ Fellowship Miami, and Director of Florida International University BCM // @GusHernandezJr


Notable Points:

  • The first thing to do in a new ministry context is “decode the campus” At FIU, out of 50,000 students over 47,000 are commuters who don’t live on campus.
  • Follow up is key. Any time you host an event, collect data and contact info in order to be able to meet with students 1-on-1. Many of these lead to gospel conversations.
  • Have clear “next steps” defined for students who visit your ministry.
  • “If you make disciples, you always get the church.” – Building a Discipling Culture.
  • Start groups that start groups. The fastest way to multiply small groups is through giving leadership away to students.


Resources we talked about:

t4t Discipleship Resources

Building a Discipling Culture – Mike Breen

Growing UP: How to Make Disciples who Make Disciples – Robby Gallaty

Disciplism by Alan Hirsch

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less – Greg McKeown

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life – Donald Whitney

Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus … – Lois Tverberg


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about the author

Gus Hernandez


Gus Hernandez, Jr. currently serves as the College Pastor at Christ Fellowship Miami and FIU BCM. Before working at CF Miami and FIU BCM, he served as the College Pastor at Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN. He has a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Temple Baptist Seminary. Passionate about disciplemaking