You can read Takeaways Part 1 here (click here for the Intro of the series)
If you want to go back and read about each campus here are the 8 Large Cru Movements I profiled:
- University of Florida
- Montana State
- Michigan State
- Cal Poly- San Luis Obispo
- Miami of Ohio
- NC State
- Ole Miss
- Penn State
Here are my Top 10 Takeaways
- The Critical Event– Montana State
- A trained person taking a non-trained person to share their faith
- How to share your faith can’t be learned in a classroom. The campus whose staff do more evangelism than any campus I’ve ever heard of — Montana State – hardly does any classroom training in evangelism. They just go out and do it (modeling it).
- It’s a longer process to take a carnal, nominal, youth group kid to Christ centered than it is to take a lost student to Christ-centered laborer – Miami
- We want to reach the unbelievers, but we have a ton of students who come as self-centered Christians and we trust God to scrub them down and start following God passionately
- Start the way you want to finish– Michigan State
- If you want students who are engaged with the Lord, sharing their faith as seniors, you need to start doing that with them as freshmen
- Emotionally unhealthy staff like to do everything themselves because they feel better about themselves — they feel productive – Miami
- If you’re movement is led by students, there’s not much you need to cover in a staff meeting
- Do staff say “Man, Mark runs ragged. He’s exhausted”?
- I look at staff who are running crazy and I think; “I don’t think a student would want to be like you”
- We work really hard to make sure we have a meeting that people want to bring their friends to (feel comfortable with/not embarrassing) – Penn State
- We had created an [unhealthy] culture of discipleship = “deep conversations at coffee houses”– Cal Poly- SLO
- I heard some of our students saying “I guess I better start liking coffee because I’m going to start discipling guys”
- If we were a factory, what is the widget we would produce? – Penn State
- If we were a tree, what would be our fruit?
- We produce Laborers!
- Everything we do is designed to move students toward becoming: “independent, capable, Christ-centered laborers equipped and motivated to continue their own development and influence the world for Christ” – Penn State
- Parents Weekend – Florida
- Parents come to weekly meeting on Friday night
- Do a Giving Brunch next morning
- Florida’s streamlined ministry structure. Everything is built around Community Groups.
- How do they do evangelism? Thru Community Groups.
- How do staff spend their time? Pouring into Community Group Leaders.
- I’m especially intrigued by how their studies are multi-generational (freshmen thru senior in the same group)
What are your main takeaways or favorite thoughts?