Crossroads: How much do you focus on Discipleship?

Discipleship

Last time in the Crossroads series we talked about Evangelism. How much focus do we put on it when it comes to college ministry (or ministry in general) versus everything else. Today let’s talk about focusing on Discipleship.

I love meeting with students one-on-one and really focusing on what is going on in their lives. I am a problem solver and this is where I feel I can really listen to someone and help them find answers in Christ through the Bible. However, the problem is there are only so many hours in a day. Evangelism can focus on multiple students but when I spend time with a student alone it is that person for one hour and no one else to invest in.

Paul tells us to not just share the Gospel but share our lives as well:

1 Thessalonians 2:8

We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too.

Jesus even said go and make disciples…not converts:

Matthew 28:18-20

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Based on these verses are we supposed to just focus on discipleship?

Let’s start by defining what a disciple is:

dis·ci·ple/diˈsīpəl/

Noun: A personal follower of Jesus during his life, esp. one of the twelve Apostles.

Therefore discipleship is the act of creating/training a person to turn them into a disciple. This means that I need to help students focus on becoming a follower of Christ? To me, that sounds like evangelism. So, shouldn’t I spend a majority of time on that? Or, does it mean that discipleship is more like this video:

or this video:

All these things take time and I only have a small window with the students I have. How do you make the most of your time and balance discipleship with evangelism? Can you do one without the other?

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Why the Old Spice guy marketing campaign is effective

I love the Old Spice guy commercials! They crack me up and are absolutely hysterical. As I was in the BCM taking a shower after a rigorous game of racquetball with Jason I noticed two containers of Old Spice shower gel. The marketing campaign is working…why? Could it be because both me and women love this guy? Men – he is amazing! We love him because he is so stinking funny and up front with the purpose of the commercial. He is straightforward. We love him because the commercials don’t make sense…but do. Ladies – he is gorgeous! Women love his looks, the fact that he is confident, talks about his pecs and wish their man looked like him.

However, the marketing campaign goes beyond television commercials. Many people have been to youtube to see his responses to tweets. They are just as funny. Whoever the writers are (they have not disclosed who these brilliant writers are yet), have made the Old Spice guy an icon for generations of guys and girls. They have created a tribe that has the internet buzzing about his sayings. Old Spice realized the value in creating something that couldn’t be planned. The upper management had to have tons of trust in the video producers as they are being churned out daily.

What can we as a college ministry? church? or even business learn from this?

Do we need to be more random? Do we need to find an incredible looking guy who drinks orange mocha frappuccinos? Do we even know our audience? (did you ever notice that the commercials target women but it is a women’s body wash…they know something!) How can we create a buzz about our ministry or heck, what about creating a buzz about Christ?

The possible future of ministry? Video Thursday

Story is conference that is a conference for the “creative class.” I would love to go! However, this year they are incorporating a new technology that could change the way the churches reach people for the Gospel. Musion is a technology company that has made holographs a reality! Check out some examples below:

1. Heads on a turntable? Sweet!

2. Gorillaz Live at the MTV Awards (careful hologram in an underwear alert)

What do you think? How can churches use this technology to reach more people for the sake of Christ?

Random Video Thursday – Tripp and Tyler edition

Coming out you with another Random Video Thursday. This time Tripp and Tyler are in all the videos so be prepared to feel awkward, amazed, and stupid all at the same time…

First up a video from Catalyst East, a video about Andy Stanley:

Next up is a video from Catalyst West about a Q and A with Craig Groeschel, stinkin hilarious!

Another Catalyst West video (I promise this is not a Catalyst commercial! But you should go!). This one is really awkward with Donald Miller but great dry humor:

And finally…a series of that’ll leave a mark videos that were used at…you guessed it Catalyst East

Random Video Thursday

Here is another batch of vids to help your Thursday out!

This video is an amazing presentation of the Gospel through Graffiti:

Justin Bieber must die! Watch until the end to see her emotions change when the phone rings (fast forward if you can’t take the crying):

Sunday’s Coming by North Point Church…be ready for this one:

Amazing effects by Lifechurch.tv:

And finally Photoshop CS5’s amazing “content aware” feature:

Collin is 6!

Today is my oldest son’s birthday. He turned 6 and we had an awesome time celebrating during breakfast with pancakes, cool whip, sprinkles and candles! (the kids love birthdays for that reason alone). Here are some stinkin funny videos to celebrate this random kid’s birthday.

Collin’s First Church Peformance

Collin trying to eat while falling asleep!

Collin busting a solo