I have a student fellowship group and/or Bible study group. How can NavFusion help me?
If you already have something going, we would love to serve you in any way possible. The NavFusion can put you in touch with someone who could:
encourage you in your relationship with Christ, be a sounding board for you as you think and plan for your group, and offer you ideas.
help you find the resources you need to help your group be all that it can be.
spring break service projects and trips
pray for you and your friends.
We can keep you informed of collegiate Navigator events in your region that you and your friends might want to take advantage of:
spring break service projects and trips
road trips to events held by Nav ministries at another campus
summer missions trips
What are some ministry activities I can do with my friends?
Whether your friends are believers or not, sports have always been a great way to get friends active and involved. Many campus ministries have a weekly game of Ultimate Frisbee, Frisbee Golf or other such games. It is suggested to seek out non-contact sports so both men and women can enjoy the time together. Getting involved in campus intramural sports is also a great way to include others. Learning to play as a team and appreciate the strengths of others are valuable lessons both in developing a campus ministry and for life.
Service projects are important in that students are involved in meeting the needs of others. Local Habitat for Humanity chapters are always seeking help on building projects. Almost every community has a shelter (homeless, abused spouses, etc.) which needs volunteer effort just to stay open. Many campuses will have an office devoted to helping students plug into community service needs. Most of these service organizations in a community need help on an ongoing basis. Some people like to help around the holidays and that will get you on the six o’clock news, but real service occurs when the TV cameras are gone and people roll up their sleeves and get to work.
Sometimes, men and women like to have time just for themselves. One campus with which I am familiar has an occasional “Ladies Night In.” They meet at one of the apartments or the house of a local family supportive of the campus ministry. They’ll discuss issues pertinent to women while consuming various forms and quantities of chocolate! Guys will sometimes include camping as a means of a get-a-way. This should spark some ideas for your campus.
How do I share my faith with my non-believing friends?
Proclamation and affirmation! This means allowing non-believers to see you live out what you share verbally with them. In other words, let your life affirm what your mouth proclaims. It is risky because it means letting them see into your life and actions.
It is important that people feel loved as a person rather than being seen as someone’s “project.” Invite them to meals with you and others on your floor. If you live off campus or are no longer a student, invite them over to your place for meals and movies. Open your home up to them as a place for them to study during finals (Be sure to have lots of coffee or energy drinks on hand…and food, always food.) However, this can eventually become a game of “Christian charades” where people try to guess what we are doing and the reasons behind our actions. Many will simply conclude we are nice people just trying to spread the love.
That’s why it is important for people to hear our message as well. The prophet Isaiah writes in 52.7, “How lovely on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news.” It is vital that people hear our good news in addition to seeing the results of the good news in our lives. When you are able to identify as a believer, it is possible to share more from the Bible on what it means to have a personal relationship with God. Two simple gospel illustrations are available at The Navigators web site:
The Bridge Illustration
One Verse Evangelism
Affirmation without proclamation results in confusion, while proclamation without affirmation can feel a lot like business or a contract.
The witness of the body is vital. Bringing your non-believing friends in contact with other believers helps them see that you aren’t the only goofy Christian in the world. I am convinced that fellowship magnifies love. Solomon wrote that two are better than one and that is true of the campus ministry as well. Like moths, people are attracted to light. The witness of the body (specifically, the campus group) confirms what they hear you say and how you live.
How do I help my believing friends to grow in their walk with God?
There are a ton of resources available through NavPress (the publishing ministry of The Navigators). No matter where your Christian friends are in their walk with God, the spiritual disciplines are a great place to start. These include prayer (both individual and group), how to have a daily quiet time, studying and reading the Word, and scripture memory. That should get you started. More information about these resources (and others) is available at NavPress.com.
Two illustrations are especially important: The Prayer Hand and The Wheel Illustration. Focusing on the spiritual disciplines (the basics of the Christian life) discussed in these two illustrations will assist in developing the spiritual habits that help people grow for a lifetime.
It is important to develop accountability partners when helping younger believers. It is not always easy or natural to want to get up each morning to spend time alone with God. Memorizing scripture requires effort and help from a more mature believer. Meeting with your believing friends on a consistent basis helps get through the difficult times.
In addition to these things, take a look at the Resources page for more ideas.
How do we successfully relate to other students who hold radically different values than us?
Jesus faced people like this. Some were Pharisees, others were from outside the Jewish culture. First of all it is important to remember that their question is with God, not you. This pits truth against untruth and takes us completely out of the picture. Therefore, learn to make statements like, “The Bible teaches/says/etc.”. In Matthew 4 we read of Jesus’ response to Satan, “It is written…”. This seemed to work pretty well for Jesus. He didn’t argue his point or engage in a lengthy debate with the devil. He simply quoted the Word of God.
It is important that we know the Word and how to respond to those who think differently than we do. I Peter 2.15 says, “For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men.” (Read verse 12 along with this.) That means we must be writing God’s Word on our hearts faithfully and studying what it means for life today.
Then it is important to pray for our friends. Many times you will meet people who stand opposed to what you are sharing with them. God’s love never prompts us to get angry with them or think less of them because they currently reject God and His Word. Each individual is an image bearer of God and must be treated as such. Each individual has an inherent dignity, which must be preserved and nurtured. “And the Lord’s bondservant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Timothy 2.24-25)
Ask yourself, “What is this person’s REAL need?” Our REAL need is to know the truth that leads us to Jesus.
What development, service or mission opportunities are available through The Navigators?
The Navigators have a variety of summer programs in various parts of the country and overseas to help you grow in your walk with God and ministry skills. Visit our website at: Summer Programs to get an idea of summer opportunities. Overseas summer programs can be found at our NavMissions site.
Many campus ministries plan spring break service trips to urban areas or storm damaged areas where relief work continues. If your group is not large enough to plan a trip on their own, try connecting with a nearby campus that is planning such a trip.
How can I get connected with Navigator staff or potential volunteer leaders in the area?
Because there are Navigator ministries in practically every state, it is likely there is one reasonably close to you. The best way to find out is to link to the following address: Campus Locator Find your state and the campus nearest you. If you can’t find a campus listed that is close to your campus, there is an option to contact a state representative who will get back to with relevant information.