This Strategy is Helping Some Churches to Multiply Rapidly

As I think about the need for campus ministries across the U.S., I’ve been learning a lot about what other people are up to. One interesting thing I’ve learned is that there’s a movement toward collegiate church planting. Some are even saying church planting is enhanced on a college campus.

Resonate Church is a multi-site church that meets at Washington State University, University of Idaho, Central Washington University, and Eastern Washington University

Resonate Church is a multi-site church that meets at Washington State University, University of Idaho, Central Washington University, and Eastern Washington University

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the conversation in the video below. The key takeaways are under the video as well as some links to interesting collegiate church planting stuff.

Key Takeaways

  • Collegiate ministry accelerates the church planting movement
  • Church planting is enhanced on a college campus
  • College campuses are ideal places to launch new church plants quickly
  • New students are ready and willing to join something, even non-Christians
  • Recruiting people to start a church is normal on a college campus
  • A college environment is, by nature, transitory; people are always coming and going
  • In four years, students are going somewhere; it’s ideal if they’re sent to plant churches
  • College creates the perfect environment for building a team
  • The runway for a typical church plant is a lot longer and a lot more challenging than it would be for a college plant
  • There are clear rhythms in college life; clear beginnings and endings
  • 20-25% of the campus is new every year
  • Underclassmen are inspired by seeing upperclassmen leave to plant new churches/ministries
  • Leadership training is key in the summer; this process enhances the church planting process
  • Quarter systems and semester systems create opportunities for helping other campus churches launch
  • Talking about planting constantly helps people catch the vision; “It’s not if we’re going to do this, it’s when and where.”
  • “For church planters across the world, the college campus is such a rich place for us to start…I hope more people will begin to take this seriously as we begin to see that this is a viable option for us to begin to rapidly reproduce and multiply churches.” Keith Weiser, Lead Pastor of Resonate Church in Pullman, Washington

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