May 05, 2017


Changing Your Ministry Model to Reach More Students

Change in ministry is hard. But change that results in Kingdom growth is always worth it. In this video, we hear from three college ministers who made dramatic shifts in their approach to reaching the campus, with incredible results. They’ll share insights about the difficulties of changing ministry models, and give advice on how to lead well through it. 

Key Points:

  • Adopting a more missional approach may mean reducing the amount of time that students are at your programs, to give them more time to engage with lost friends and classmates.
  • “In order to reach people that no one is reaching, we must be willing to do what no one else is doing.”
  • It takes humility and courage to make change. Be willing to evaluate and adjust any and every aspect of your ministry in order to reach more students.

Questions to consider:

  • Are there any areas where your ministry needs to be “pruned”? (6:40)
  • Cole mentioned the 20,000 lost students on their campus as being “worth the risk” of changing their model. What reasons can you think of that make risking change worthwhile for your ministry?

about the author

David Worcester

David is the founder and director of Challenge at San Diego State and serves as an Elder at Mission Trails Church near the campus. He is passionate about mobilizing students to share their faith and make disciples. He’s helped develop which is a resource that helps students and college ministers share with others in an intentional and personal way. David just finished his Masters in Theological Studies at Gateway Seminary and now has even more time for blogging about campus ministry, reading, surfing, hiking, traveling, and spending time with his wife Jessica and one year old son Samuel.

about the author

Rahul Agarwal

Rahul is the Director of the Tampa Area Baptist Collegiate Ministries. He is the husband to Annie and father to four. Rahul is a tech junkie, dreamer, gamer, visionary, futurist, developer, and food lover.

about the author

Cole Penick

Cole is the Campus Minister for the Baptist Collegiate Ministry at the University of Arkansas. He and his wife, Caroline, live with their four adorable children right in the middle of campus, their mission field. They enjoy family walks on campus, watching and playing sports, making and eating good food, and oh so many books.