Collegiate Church Planting

The idea of starting churches in or around universities is nothing new. Tour most American universities, and you’ll see signs of gospel influence and impact everywhere. At Princeton and Yale, you’ll find biblical texts in the school crests. At Duke, Tuskegee, Michigan State and a host of other schools, you’ll find chapels featured prominently on campus. And in many places, like Ohio State and Louisiana State, you still find church buildings—with congregations—located on the university campuses.

While some view college as a time and place where spiritual beliefs go to die, the opposite is true. The campus is the place spiritual beliefs blossom. It’s where beliefs about life, meaning and purpose move from ideas to realities. Most importantly, it’s the window in life where people are often most open to the life-transforming power of the gospel.

Why plant on college campuses?

NAMB collegiate church planting strategy

NAMB’s focus on university-context planting sees the college campus as the most strategic mission field in the world: It’s the only place where everyone goes to be sent. We value the role universities play in shaping culture—past and future. At the same time, we see the invaluable role students can have in expanding the kindgom if they fully embrace disciple-making and leverage their lives to focusing on church planting starting in college.

Over the last few years, NAMB has been identifying, learning from and working with innovative churches who have become multiplying centers for the university contexts. Collaboratively, we’ve developed a strategy to win students to Christ, disciple them until graduation and launch them out as church planters, team members or investors.

The key goals of collegiate church planting strategy

  1. Facilitate university-context planting at 403 of the largest colleges and universities in North America within the next 10 years. Lead out in planting on 290 of the largest campuses across Canada, the Northeast, the Midwest and the West.
  2. Accelerate university church planting via proven reproducing hubs like, Resonate (Washington), Cornerstone/Salt Company (Iowa), Gracepoint (California) and h2o churches (Ohio).
  3. Develop a leadership pipeline template for churches to move students into church planting (as planters, planting team members and investors).
  4. Expand an informal university church planting network through coaching, gatherings, church planting assessments, cohorts and social media.
  5. Call every college and university student to leverage their first two years post-college toward church planting in North America or internationally.
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