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 Worcester is the Lead Pastor Compass Church in the San Diego State area. In addition to leading his church he blogs and speaks about college ministry, gospel appointments, and evangelism. David is married to Jessica Worcester whom he fell in love with while doing college ministry together and they have a two sons, Samuel and Joshua. David graduated from from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a degree in Film & Video Studies and received a Masters in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. He enjoys talking ministry with his twin brother Paul Worcester, father John Worcester and two other brothers doing collegiate planting in a closed country.

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.

about the author

Amy Dutton

Designer. Dreamer. Programmer. Designer.