Apr 25, 2016

Develop, Mobilize

Developing High Octane Summer Projects

And Why You Need One Now

Summer Projects are a great opportunity to pull students out of the normal rhythm of their daily lives to teach and disciple them. Many times they get to experience a very different and new perspective, and come back to school with a burden for the mission and a desire to lead that is supported by the training and leadership they experienced during the summer projects.


Jon Shah (H2O Church- Columbus, OH)
Jane Worsham (Resonate Church- Pullman, WA)
Ed Courtney (H2O Church- Bowling Green, OH)


Key Points:

  • Summer projects provide a great platform for an accelerated discipleship program in a life-on-life environment.
  • Getting students outside their normal context gives them a broader vision of God’s Kingdom and helps them catch a vision for the Great Commission.
  • A summer lived on mission kills consumeristic mentality, and students come back looking for opportunities to lead and invest in others
  • The life-on-life community helps mature students in more than just one way. In addition to spiritual growth, they also learn life skills such as money management and conflict resolution.

Questions to consider:

  • If you do not currently have a summer project, how could implementing one catalyze your students’ development?
  • What opportunities, locations, or relationships do you see that could turn into summer project ideas for your ministry?
  • Got a cool summer project story? Share it with us in the comments below, @CollegiateColl or hello@collegiatecollective.com!


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