May 01, 2014


Church Planting Flywheel: How College Campuses Accelerate Planting Rhythms

What makes the college campus a strategic place to plant a church, and how can planting collegiate churches accelerate the broader church planting movement? In this roundtable discussion, Keith Wieser, Daniel Kim, and Brian Frye discuss how the natural rhythms that occur on campus create the perfect scenario for spawning future church planting efforts. From initial connections, to natural team formation, and leadership cultivation, by capturing the college years pastors can set students on a trajectory to be planters wherever they land post-college.

Keith Wieser (Lead Pastor – Resonate Church – Pullman, WA)
Daniel Kim (Pastor – Gracepoint San Diego – San Diego, CA)
Brian Frye (National Collegiate Strategist – North American Mission Board)

Key Points:

  • Collegiate church planting accelerates the broader church planting movement by utilizing the transitory nature of campus to quickly model, train, and mobilize students as future planters.
  • Campuses are great places to launch new churches because every year 25% of the population is brand new and looking to integrate into community.
  • Utilizing summer breaks to engage students in leadership training or mission trips to other university campuses equips students to be part of a future plant and exposes them to potential locations where a team could go.

Questions to consider:

  • What are some ways that your ministry can further improve in reaching the large number of new students looking for community each year?
  • What are you doing as a leader to implant the DNA that being part of a church plant or ministry post-college is a viable option for students?
  • Is there a buzz around your ministry about “What’s next?” in terms of reaching more students and new campuses? If not, what can you do to start dreaming bigger?

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