Connection Meetings: A College Ministry Tool For Evangelism and Recruiting

For most college ministries our large groups swell in size with many new visitors at the beginning of each semester!

Unfortunately, usually in a few weeks that number splits in half.  This happens for a many reasons, but one reason is that many of us don’t have good systems to follow up new students.

One tool that we have used to help connect new students with Jesus and with our group is called a “Connection Meeting.” (Click the link to see the sheet we use for it.)

The goal for our ministry is to meet personally for a connection meeting with EVERY new person!

We believe that in this ministry principle,

“The more personal, the more powerful.”

We have discovered that no matter how awesome your large group is, people probably won’t come back unless they have connected with someone personally.

Over the years our ministry has seen around 100 people receive Christ and the vast majority has been in meetings similar to the one I will describe. Here’s how to do it!

Get The Meeting

At your large group or info table get the persons contact info and text them something like this,

“Hey Joe it’s David with Challenge, thanks for coming last night! Want to get lunch or coffee tomorrow or thurs and I could tell you more about what Challenge is all about?”

You can also ask them in person and confirm via text. Be sure and remind them about the meeting the day of! They are college students after all!

Connect With Them

Obviously, an important part of a connection meeting is CONNECTING! Pretty much every leadership guru says, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Ask them about their hobbies, interests and background with God. You can ask,

“Growing up did you go to church or anything like that?”

Connect Them To Jesus

Once the topic of God has come up you can say,

“I wanted to tell you more about Challenge, and the most important thing we emphasize is how to have a personal relationship with Jesus. I have a sheet that explains more about that. Do you want to read it together?”

On the first page of the sheet there is a very clear gospel presentation that gives them an opportunity to receive Christ.

It is amazing! When we actually share the gospel people actually get saved!

Some people will already be Christians and that’s okay. Many of them need to be reminded about the truth of the gospel and what it means to make Jesus the Lord of their lives.

Connect Them With Your Ministry

The second page of the sheet is where the “Connection Meeting” is different from the “Gospel Appointment.” On this page, we explain the Biblical reasons for community and briefly explain all the ways they can connect with our ministry. We ask them which of the opportunities they can commit to being a part of.

Clearly explaining what our ministry does helps the student decide if they are going to plug in. At the end of the sheet we explain baptism and the importance of Bible study as well.

One reason this tool is effective is because anyone who can read can do it!

It is heartbreaking that so many of our ministries spend so much time gathering crowds, but are not intentional about getting to know the people!  I believe that the ministries that start using “Connection Meetings” will start seeing more people stick to their ministries and more people coming to Christ, and become disciples who make disciples! That’s what it’s all about right?

My brother Paul Worcester has written serval very helpful articles about a similar tool called “Gospel Appointments.” Read those for more advice on how to make these types of meetings successful!

11 Ways Jesus is Described When He Returns In Revelation 19

At Christmas, Jesus came as a meek and mild baby. At the second coming, Jesus will come as a victorious warrior.

Here is how he is described in Revelation 19.

  1. Jesus will ride a white horse (11).
  2. Jesus will be called Faithful and True (11).
  3. Jesus’ eyes will be like flames of fire (12).
  4. Jesus will where many crowns (12).
  5. Jesus will have a name written on him only he can understand (12).
  6. Jesus will have a robe dripped in blood (13).
  7. Jesus will be called the Word of God (13).
  8. Jesus will lead heaven’s armies (14).
  9. Jesus will have a sharp sword in his mouth (15).
  10. Jesus will release God’s wrath (15).
  11. Jesus’ robe will say King of all kings and Lord of all lords (16).

At Christmas God sent Jesus as His agent of mercy. At judgment day Jesus will be His agent of wrath.

God is both merciful and full of justice. At the second coming we see the mighty justice of Jesus more fully.

How does this description of Jesus change your perception of Him?

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Jesus Died For People From Every Tribe, Language and Nation – Revelation 5

We should be passionate about missions because there are people who Jesus died for in every tribe on earth.

There is no people group on earth that Jesus didn’t die for. This is the song that was sang to the Lamb (Jesus) in heaven,

“You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals and open it. For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. And you have caused them to become a Kingdom of priests for our God. And they will reign on the earth.” Rev 5:9-10

Though his blood Jesus paid the penalty for everyone’s sins.

God is a global God so if we are to follow him we should care about what he cares about… THE WHOLE WORLD.

God will have priests from every people group on the planet. We will all get to reign with King Jesus in the new earth.  God gives us a role to play in seeking and saving those who have yet to hear about Him.

Are you a part of God’s global rescue mission?

Will you give, go, or send people to reach the unreached of this world?

Here is an inspiring video I put together of two men who gave their all for the sake of the unreached.

What are you willing to sacrifice so that the Lamb that was slain will receive the reward for His suffering?

Share on Facebook or Twitter or post a comment. Get daily updates by subscribing by email. From my reading in Revelation 5 in the One Year Bible New Testament.

Jesus was tempted, so he can help you when you are tempted. – Hebrews 2

From my reading in Hebrews 2 in the One Year Bible New Testament.

Jesus chose to become fully human in order to save us!

“For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” Hebrews 2:17–18

Jesus became a man so that he could die a man’s death.

In order for Jesus to die for our sins he had to become a human. One of the mysteries of Jesus is that he was fully human and fully God simultaneously. While on earth Jesus limited some of his God powers so that he could become like us. Because he did this he was able to die a true death and make a true “atonement” for our sins.

The “Atonement” is the means by which our sins are forgiven.  Jesus was the only perfect sacrifice that would sufficient for the cleansing of our sins.

Because he suffered through all the same temptations you do, Jesus knows exactly what you are going through,

We have sympathetic Savior. Jesus suffered through temptation so we should not be surprised when we are tempted. Jesus can help us no matter how great the temptation. Jesus went through all of his temptations without sinning because there was a way of escape.

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

Truth about your temptation.

  • Your temptation is normal.
  • Your temptation is not beyond what you can bear.
  • Your temptation is escapable.
  • Your temptation won’t last forever. 

Jesus showed us how to say no to temptation.

Next time you are tempted, remember Jesus and rely on his strength to help you through.

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Want to Know God? Look at Jesus! Hebrews 1

From my reading in Hebrews 1 in the One Year Bible New Testament.

The writer of Hebrews explains that knowing Jesus is the greatest way to know God!

Jesus is clearest revelation of God.

“Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son.” Hebrews 1:1–2a

God spoke through the prophets, but most clearly and finally spoke through Jesus. In his book “Taking God at His Word” Kevin DeYoung writes,“God has spoken by his Son, and this Son is superior to all persons, heavenly beings, institutions, rituals, and previous means of revelation and redemption… Scripture is enough because the work of Christ is enough. They stand or fall together.”

Jesus shows us exactly what God is like.

“The Son reflects the glory of God and shows exactly what God is like.” Hebrews 1:3a

When you look at Jesus you see God. He shows us God’s glory. The awesome thing about Jesus is that he shows us who God is in a way that we can understand.

He became a person yet still retained his Godhood. Jesus perfectly embodied the very essence and character of God.

In a very real sense if you want to know what God is like just look at Jesus.

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Jesus Is Our ONLY Mediator – 1 Timothy 2

From my reading in 1 Timothy 2 in the One Year Bible New Testament.

Jesus is the only mediator we need.

Not pastors. Not priests. Not saints. Not Mary.  Paul does not make this issue any more clear than he does here in his letter to Timothy.

“For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 2:5

Jesus has purchased this direct access to God through His death on the cross.

“He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.” 1 Timothy 2:6

Jesus mediates for us.  He is the only one who reconciles us to God. He is the way we communicate with God.

We don’t have to go through saints or Mary are anyone else. Jesus is enough. Jesus is the only bridge for us to get to God.

God provided us this way because he wants everyone to be saved!

“This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:3–4

Jesus wants to be your only mediator.

He wanted you to be saved and understand the truth. Come to him because He is only way that we gain access to the Father.

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To Live Like Jesus Is To Love Like Jesus – Ephesians 5:1-16

From my reading in Ephesians 5:1-16 in the One Year Bible New Testament.

The purpose statement of our ministry is “To help students discover Jesus, learn to live like him, and change the world the way he did.”

Learning to live like Jesus is the process of discipleship.

The true measure of a Christian’s growth is weather or not they are growing in love. If you are not increasing in love then you may be getting more knowledgeable about God but you are not truly growing. Paul instructed us to imitate God by living lives of love.

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. Ephesians 5:1–2

Just as a child imitates his father, so we are to imitate God.

Jesus set the example for us by living a life overflowing with love. The way he lived and died showed us his love. His sacrificial death on the cross was the ultimate sign of true love. This type of love is what we are to imitate.

To evaluate you spiritual growth you need to ask yourself…

Am I becoming a more loving person?

Because, to live like Christ is the love like Christ.

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Jesus Is Alive! – Acts 25

From my reading in Acts 25 in the One Year New Testament.

Jesus is not dead!

 Jesus came back to life and that is what makes Chrisitanity unique.  Festus said this about the accusations against Paul,

“Instead, it was something about their religion and a dead man named Jesus, who Paul insists is alive.” Acts 25:19

Paul insisted Jesus is alive because HE IS ALIVE!

Jesus is alive today and you can know him personally. Paul banked the entire value our faith on this truth.

“And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless.” 1 Cor 15:14

Faith is not useful unless it is in someone who can actually do something for you.

 Jesus can and will save us because he is alive.  He died for our sins. He then rose from the grave proving that he defeated death!

Praise God that Jesus is alive!

If you have never received the new life he offers then do it today! Turn from your sin and turn to Jesus!

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The Personal Part Of Personal Evangelism, Start Where People Are – Acts 8:26-40

From my reading in Acts 8:26-40 in the One Year New Testament.

Many approaches to evangelism assume people know too much.

In the USA it is common for those of us sharing to assume people have some knowledge of the Bible and Jesus. But often people have little to no knowledge on the subject.

On the other hand, those who have grown up in church might know a lot.

For someone, it is helpful to start by asking if they have any specific questions. Whoever you are trying to reach, is the principle is the same….

Start where they are and point them to the cross.

Philip is a great example of this in his encounter with the Ethiopian eunuch.

“Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” Acts 8:30

The man was already reading Isaiah. So Philip was able to simply ask about what he was reading. God ordained that the Ethiopian was reading a passage that predicted Jesus death!

In evangelism, we must look for the people whom God has already been preparing.

God caused Philip to be on that path and the Ethiopian to be reading about Jesus! It is so exciting when God places people in our path for us to tell about Christ.

“The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, was the prophet talking about himself or someone else?” So beginning with this same Scripture, Philip told him the Good News about Jesus.” Acts 8:34–35

Philip was able to tell the man about Jesus starting with where he was. The Bible is about Jesus, so regardless of where someone is reading there is usually a way to bring the conversation back to Jesus.

Philip was guided by the Holy Spirit to that specific man, reading that specific passage, on that specific road, to tell him about a specific man, Jesus!

If we are guided by the Holy Spirit, he can lead us to the exact people that he wants us to interact with and share about Christ!

It is an adventure to partner with the Holy Spirit, personally join people on their spiritual journey and share about Jesus in a relevant way. If we are faithful to do this lives and even countries can be changed! 

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The Purpose of The Gospel Of John – John 20

From my reading in John 20 in the One Year New Testament.

In my ministry circles if there is ever a new believer or non-believer who is interested in reading the Bible most people recommend they read John first.

Why The Book of John?

Of all 65 other books in the Bible why do people say to start in John? The answer is in John’s statement of the purpose of his book.

“Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” John 20:30–31

John was written that you may believe.

John specifically chose the miracles and stories to help us believe that Jesus is the promised Messiah! If you read this gospel with that theme in mind then you start to see how over and over Jesus is inviting people to come to him and believe.

John was written to change your life!

Through believing we can experience true life in his name. This life is life as God originally intended for us to live. The gospel of John gives you the knowledge about Jesus and the tools you need to start living a full meaningful life in Christ.

John basically wrote “Jesus 101”.

I am so grateful for all the amazing insights that we get in John which we don’t get in the other gospels. So if you have never read it then what are you waiting for…

Read the gospel of John!

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