Apr 20, 2015


Will They Last? The Life Cycle of Collegiate Churches

Two successful collegiate church pastors discuss how the life cycle of collegiate churches are beneficial to reaching students and communities with the gospel. They shrug off the critique of college churches as unsustainable, and have confidence in a multiplication-orientation model of church planting.


Brian Frye (National Collegiate Strategist- North American Mission Board- Columbus, OH)

Keith Wieser (Lead Pastor- Resonate- Pullman, WA)

Matt Pardi (Pastor/Network Leader- h2o Toledo/The h2o Church Network- Toledo, OH)

Key Points:

  • Relatively short lifecycles allow college churches to remain relevant and growing, much like “pruning a rose bush” to bloom like Matt said.
  • Collegiate churches can be an incubator for planting community churches as students age and invest in community

Questions to consider:

  • Describe how a college church life cycle can compliment the constant fluidity of college students graduating every year.
  • Consider the growth of the h2o network as described by Matt. Multiplication is key. What vision do you have for your ministry in 5 years? 10 years?

Links and additional resources:

Resonate Church | Exploring God is Better in Community.

h2o Church Network

Related podcasts, articles or audio from Collegiate Collective:

Do You Have a Vision for Multiplying Your Ministry?

Greenbacks Needed: Finding the Best Funding Streams for Planting Collegiate Churches

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Collegiate Collective is working to elevate and advance the gospel on all college campuses globally by equipping, resourcing, and networking the leaders who are engaged in or interested in reaching students. It is a one-stop-shop for all things related to college ministry.