Dec 28, 2017


The Best Of The Best Part 2

Give Me Freshman Or Give Me Death! (Repost)

This week in our Best of the Best series, we are reposting Episode 87 called “Give me freshman or give me death!” This week’s episode brings the third of our three-part installment from Ames, IA, as Mark Vance, Director of Salt Co. joins us on the podcast. Last week you heard about the Theology of the Gospel course. Now, hear how that, and other strategies work practically in reaching freshmen. As they say in Iowa, “Give me freshmen, or give me death!”

Mark Vance // Director of Salt Company, Ames, IA //  @markavance

Jordan Adams // Freshmen Ministry Leader – Salt Co. //

Notable Points:

  • If you want to build an effective ministry:
    • #1 – Reach freshmen the day they arrive to campus
    • #2 – Quickly pull them into community, discipleship, and leadership
  • Freshmen ministry is not a single event. Freshmen ministry should be part of every event.
  • Two initial goals in freshmen ministry:
    • #1 – Name recognition of ministry
    • #2 – Individual relationships (name recognition of freshmen)
  • Relationships are the atmosphere where the gospel makes the most sense.
  • To move freshmen ministry into leadership, use the constant drip of student leadership on all students in the Fall, which becomes a waterfall in the Spring.
  • Don’t let the vision be driven by the programs – let the vision drive the programs.
  • In case you missed last week’s episode, be sure to download the Theology of the Gospel course for free at the links below.
  • To experience Salt Company first-hand, and learn alongside other collegiate leaders, be sure to register for the Hitchhiker’s Conference, April 14-16, 2016. Registration closes February 24, so don’t delay!

Additional Resources:

The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses by Chris Bruno

The Imperfect Pastor by Zack Eswine

Any Novel by Chaim Potok

The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges

The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis

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about the author

Mark Vance

Since 2012, Mark has helped to lead Salt Company, the college ministry of Cornerstone Church in Ames, IA. The Salt Company is one of the largest student ministries in the country, with an average of over 1200 students attending their weekly Thursday night Bible study. Prior to leading Salt, Mark served on pastoral staff at Saylorville Church for six years. Mark is married to Crystal and they have three children: Owen, Avery, and Reid. Mark loves reading, sports, and laughter.

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Jordan Adams

Jordan is the Freshmen Ministry Leader at the Salt Company in Ames, IA.

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Amy Dutton

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