Oh how wonderful it is how the Lord works! About a month ago, I was thinking how wonderful it would be to have a student going with me to Hancock College in Santa Maria to do evangelism and disciple-making there.
Then last week I was visiting with Dylan, one of the Cuesta College students I am discipling. As we were finishing our meal together, he casually asked me what I was up to the rest of the week. I told him, “Tomorrow I get to go down to Santa Maria to do evangelism on campus at Hancock College.” He immediately asked, “I’m free tomorrow; can I come?”
Dylan so enjoyed our time on campus that he went back to Hancock with me the following Wednesday and helped another student lead a Bible study on campus - about 6 students met in the cafeteria to study the Gospel of John! He also insisted that we take our picture-spiritual-survey and go mobile to talk with students about Jesus (pictured above).
Dylan now plans to come with me every Wednesday throughout the semester. Praise the Lord for the work He is doing at Hancock College and in the life of Dylan!
Early this year I met Eli at the BASS Church Convention where I was doing a seminar on how to make disciples on college campuses. During my seminar I offered to come to any campus to do evangelism and disciple-making training; Eli took me up on my offer! I have already gone a handful of times up to San Jose to help Eli train his leaders; and then a few days ago I had the opportunity to spend the day on campus with them at San Jose State University. We had so many great spiritual conversations! There are many students at SJSU from India and other places in the world where the Gospel is very needed. I was reminded of the reality that THE UNREACHED OF THE WORLD ARE COMING TO US on our college campuses
Two highlights from the day:
And an amazing bonus? Their church has a heart to reach the other nearby campuses of De Anza College and Delta College as well! May the Lord continue to use them to multiply disciples!
Cuesta College just started last week! We’ve already had our Cuesta Welcome BBQ and our first large group meeting. It has been a wonderful week full of God-stories!
One of the highlights for me was the first Apologetics class at our home. We hosted these students (pictured above) for our first of nine 2-hour sessions focused on understanding the intellectual reasonableness of the Christian faith.
I am convinced that investing in a few key students will reap great dividends in the future! We are dreaming of sending students as interns all over California with the purpose of equipping the local church to make disciples who make disciples on their nearby community college campus.
The first week of classes is the best time to connect with incoming freshman on college campuses; so we had our Cru booth setup at Cuesta this week! We connected with quite a few new students. Many of them came to our Welcome BBQ at a local park (pictured below). While at the book Jose came by (pictured below). He was involved in Cru previously when he was studying at Hancock College in Santa Maria, and now that he is at Cuesta, he is connecting with us there as well. Pray for Jose and the many other new students. Pray that they’d grow in their faith, be discipled, and in turn give their lives to making disciples who make disciples.
Definitely one of the highlights of the summer of ’18 for the Yorks was hosting some friends from Merced who do Bridges (Cru’s international student ministry) at Merced College. JD and Kathy brought with them three Japanese students to do a retreat on the coast, and they stayed with us! Oh what a joy it was!!!
And to remember their trip they drew some pictures of some key memories.
I call him Agape-Ben because he loves the Greek word ‘Agape’ (for God’s love) and uses it regularly as a greeting. I met Ben on campus at Cuesta College last semester. He has been a follower of Jesus for a few years now, and he absolutely loves sharing his faith on campus. So Ben and I have been evangelism-buddies at Cuesta; last semester we went out twice a week doing our spiritual survey and shared the Gospel with approximately 100 students during the semester.
Ben also loves theology, hermeneutics and apologetics. He is so hungry to know more and grow deeper in his faith! He is the one who inspired our informal Bible School that we started this summer.
There is no doubt in my mind that the Lord will use Ben to reach many people with the Gospel (and He already has!).
I often ask myself: What can I do to live most fruitfully for the Gospel?
I have no doubt that the answer is this: Invest in the ‘Bens’!
(THANK YOU for investing in the ‘Bens’!)
I love it when students want to learn how to share their faith on campus! A few weeks ago Molly (pictured above) brought Jared (also pictured above) to our Theology Bible School class at our house. Jared has some disabilities from a brain aneurism he had several years ago, and he wanted to get some evangelism training! I’ll never turn down the opportunity to train students in doing evangelism. So off we went to Hancock College in Santa Maria. During the summer, there are very few students on campus, but we talked to all three of them! What a wonderful time and great conversations. We got to share the Gospel with several students. Pray for Jared to continue growing in His faith. And pray for a growing disciple-making movement at Hancock College!
There are about 45,000 college students in the San Luis Obispo area (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cuesta College also in San Luis Obispo, and Hancock College in Santa Maria). Well over 800 of these students are involved in CRU Central Coast, and many of these students are longing to grow in their faith. For this reason, we have started an informal Bible School!
We have begun with a Systematic Theology class for Cuesta College students, and we have about a dozen students involved (our first class is pictured above). We meet once a week for four hours for teaching, discussion, and a meal. What a great beginning!
We see such a great need that we are dreaming of doing more classes in the coming months; our hope is to do five different classes: Missions, Apologetics, Theology, Church History, and Hermeneutics (MATCH).
We see this as a significant opportunity to equip students to go deep into their faith so that they can be effective life-long disciple-makers.
We are also dreaming of even a few of these students catching the vision for planting disciple-making movements through the local church on community colleges all over California.
Please pray with us for the Lord to accomplish these things!
There are about 24,000 students attending De Anza College in Cupertino; there is a great need for a movement of multiplying disciples reaching these students!
Bob (pictured with me here) is an airplane mechanic in San Francisco and lives near De Anza College. He gave his life to Jesus a few decades ago when he was a student at De Anza College; a believer walked up to him and invited him into a spiritual conversation, and God had prepared his heart! Now, Bob is (understandably) passionate about reaching college students with the Gospel.
I had the privilege of meeting with Bob on campus to show him some of what I have learned about initiating spiritual conversations on community college campuses. We also got to talk quite a bit about some simple follow-up tools to begin discipling students and equipping them to be multipliers themselves.
I’ll be going to Bob’s church next month to do a training for their college ministry leaders. The training will focus (of course) on how to make disciples who make disciples on their nearby college campuses.
Pray for Bob and his church to have a growing impact for the Gospel at De Anza College and beyond!
I am so thankful for guys like Sebastian. Sebastian has been a faithful part of the Cru student leadership team at Hancock this year. It is students like Sebastian who lay the groundwork for more and more disciple-making on campus. Pray for the Lord to do amazing things at Hancock next year as Sebastian passes on leadership to others.
About four years ago I met Daniel at Columbia College in Sonora. Daniel and I quickly became good friends, and was soon leading a Bible study on campus and discipling other students. Daniel grew up in a Christian home and was excited to live out his faith on campus. I loved going on campus with Daniel to do evangelism, because he loves to share his faith and he has such a sincere love for others and desire for them to know Christ.
Then Daniel told me he was transferring to Cabrillo College near Santa Cruz, and that he wanted to start a CRU movement on campus at Cabrillo! I said, "I'll do whatever I can to help you!"
Fast-forward a few more years, and Daniel is now soon graduating from CSU Monterey. He leaves behind him a trail of disciple-makers. The CRU movement at Cabrillo College that he started several years ago is still going strong (the young man that Daniel discipled is soon graduating and is passing on leadership to the young man he discipled).
And a month or two ago I got a text from Daniel (with the picture above). Daniel said he went out doing evangelism and met a young man who wanted to meet up again. In Daniel's own words: "He is soaking up the Bible like crazy!"
Daniel continues to meet up with him to this day.
I am so thankful for Daniel! He recently texted me this picture of him meeting with two guys he meets with regularly for discipleship, and it MADE MY DAY! This is Josiah and Ulises. I have never met them, but the Lord has given me the amazing privilege of having an influence on their lives through Daniel. Pray for Josiah and Ulises to continue growing in their faith, and that they’d one day be discipling others like Daniel disciples them. And pray for Daniel, that the Lord would continue to bless him as he lives for Jesus.
It has been an exciting season! I had the privilege of being one of the workshop presenters at the BASS Church Workers Convention in the Bay Area last month. One of those who attended my workshop was Eli. Eli is an ER nurse at Stanford, and his job provides him the flexibility to be on campus regularly to minister to college students. He is a part of a church that has leadership on multiple campuses (including community colleges). A few days ago I drove to San Jose State University to spend some time on campus with Eli. While doing our clipboard spiritual survey, we met several students who expressed interest in meeting up again (including an international student from Korea, in the picture above).
A highlight for me was hearing Eli tell me that I have helped him think about ways he and his church can be more effective at making disciples who make disciples. I am looking forward to doing some more disciple-making training with the other leaders from Eli’s church.
A few weeks ago I drove down to Oxnard College to do some evangelism with Humberto, one of leaders of the young adult ministry at a local Calvary Chapel.
Humberto had already been on campus a few times (without me!) to do the Soularium Survey Table that I had shown him over lunch back in the fall. I just love his enthusiasm and love for the Lord!
The highlight for me was our conversation with Carlos. After I led the way a few times in engaging with students, Humberto said that he wanted to lead the way. I handed him the clipboard, and we approached Carlos. Immediately Carlos communicated that he doesn’t speak English! My Spanish is not that great, but Humberto is fluent (as Spanish is his first language). Humberto shared the Gospel with Carlos and had a wonderful conversation.
God is at work at Oxnard College! And He is using Humberto to reach the Spanish speakers, too.
Please pray for a movement of disciple-makers at Oxnard College!
Back in July I had lunch with Bryan (a college pastor in Rocklin) and a few of his leaders. I shared a simple strategy to reach students, and they happily agreed to take the next step of getting on campus together.
So I recently made the drive up to Sierra College to do evangelism with Pastor Bryan and one of his leaders. Once again, I was reminded that God is faithful to prepare hearts. What a joy it is to share the Gospel and teach the One Thing Study to so many interested students!
The highlight for me was meeting Aiden (pictured left). He quickly revealed that he is a Christian and expressed his desire to live out his faith on campus. It turns out his family goes to pastor Bryan’s church, but he had not yet connected with the college group. Aiden might be a key student leader in reaching the campus with the Gospel.
I plan to be going back to Rocklin later this spring semester to help Bryan train Aiden and others how to share their faith and make disciples on campus. Praise the Lord for the work He is doing at Sierra College!
I just returned from another day of ministry at Modesto Junior College with the local disciple-makers, Bob, Chinh and Andrew. Spending a day on campus sharing the Gospel and inviting students to learn how to read the Bible is so rewarding!
The four of us grabbled lunch afterward as well to talk and dream of next steps in multiplying disciples at Modesto JC. I am already looking forward to the next time!
And something special about this picture:
Bob (top right) discipled me.
I discipled Chinh (second from right).
Chinh is discipling Andrew (second from left).
That's four generations! May the Lord continue to use us to make disciples who make disciples.....
"and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also" -2 Timothy 2:2
A few days ago I drove to Coalinga to have lunch with a married couple, Josh and Amy. Josh is a chaplain at the local prison; Amy is a counselor at the college. They have a passion for college students at West Hills to know Jesus! Awhile back I met with a local youth pastor, Jarod, and Jarod told Josh and Amy that they needed to meet me. I am so glad he did!
Over lunch I showed Josh and Amy the Soularium spiritual survey. I also walked them through some very simple follow-up tools to share the Gospel and teach students how to read the Bible. At one point, Josh and Amy remarked:
“This is so simple! We were thinking that we were going to have to wait a few months and do a lot of planning and preparation - but we could start doing this now!”
I was so encouraged by their enthusiasm. They are currently thinking and praying through their next step - which might be simply starting to disciple some college students they already know. What a great way to start a disciple-making movement!
Pray for Josh and Amy!
Pray that the Lord would use them to reach West Hills College!
I recently made the drive to Southern CA to meet with Jeff (a college pastor) and Humberto (a volunteer leader for the college ministry). Pastor Jeff and I had chatted on the phone for a bit regarding their church's desire to reach students at nearby Oxnard College and Ventura College. I am so glad we had the opportunity to grab lunch together and meet in person!
After showing them some simple ways to share the Gospel and make disciples on campus, Pastor Jeff turns to Humberto and says, "We need to do this! You want to take the lead?"
Humberto immediately says: "I'm on it!"
An hour later, Humberto and I are on campus talking with an administrator at Oxnard College who tells Humberto: "Here is my card; let me know when you want to come on campus and I'll set you up."
A few weeks later and I get a text from Humberto after his first time on campus doing evangelism with the Soularium Table (our spiritual survey through pictures): "We were talking to about 5 people, deep conversations! God blessed it amazingly! Oh my! Can't even explain."
I am going back later this week to do some more evangelism and disciple-making training with Humberto.
Every time I go on campus with a local pastor to do some spiritual surveys we have the opportunity to share the Gospel with a few students. We always walk away from our time amazed at the ripe harvest on our college campuses!
Yesterday I went to Ohlone College with a local college pastor, Tyler. After I lead the way in talking with a few students, I handed the clipboard to him and let him lead the way.
Pastor Tyler has a handful of college students from Ohlone College who attend his church, as well as some students from other nearby college campuses!
That was my prayer on Wednesday as I drove the 25-minute, winding Big Hill Road from my house in Twain Harte to the Columbia College campus. Tuesday is my campus day at Columbia College; I am normally traveling to other campuses in California on Wednesdays, but as my appointment in Fremont was postponed a week, I decided to show up on campus at Columbia College and see what God might do. I have learned time and time again that this is all I have to do: just show up, and then God works!
I grabbed my clipboard spiritual survey and walked around campus looking for students who looked like they had time to chat.
The third student I talked with, Cole, was happy to talk and share about his life and spiritual journey. I had the opportunity to share the Gospel with him, and then teach him a One Thing Study. And he happily agreed to meet up again on campus to do another One Thing Study!
He texted that same evening...
Steve, I wanted to thank you again for taking the time to talk with me today, and I wanted to share one of my favorite bible verses with you:
"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they shall not consume you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned and the flames shall not consume you." Isaiah 43:2
Cole and I plan to meet up again on Tuesday.
Pray for Cole, that the Lord would bless him and continue drawing him to Himself.
Pray for the multitude of 'Coles' on our college campuses.
Praising the Lord for the ripe harvest!
I am so thankful for what the Lord is doing at Columbia College!
As I was driving to Santa Cruz a few days ago, I was praying for a divine appointment on campus. I am well aware that UC Santa Cruz has a reputation for being a spiritually dark place, and I was actually fearing that my time on campus with Pastors Brandon and Keith would be unfruitful and even discouraging. Wow, was I wrong!
We had several wonderful spiritual conversations with students. One of those students, also named Brandon (above left), quickly told us that he is a Christian and very involved in the Korean Christian Fellowship on campus. After we took him through our survey, he asked: “Can I have your clipboard survey… because we are doing an outreach this afternoon and I’d like to use it.” I happily gave it to him!
Pastor Brandon (the college pastor at Santa Cruz Bible Church) and Pastor Keith (the high school pastor) and I had a great time on campus and look forward to coming alongside Brandon and his campus ministry to do more evangelism and disciple-making. Please be praying for:
It is the coolest thing to get a text from my friend (college pastor in Bakersfield) that says nothing... it is just a picture - of his students doing evangelism on campus at Bakersfield College.
I was there the previous week showing them how simple and effective the Soularium survey is in discovering spiritual interest on campus, and now they are doing it without me.
I love this king of 'missing out'.
Pray for pastor Kyle and his student leaders to see lots of fruit on campus at Bakersfield College!
Last spring I drove to Bakersfield to meet Kyle, a college pastor in town. Kyle and I had a great time talking and dreaming together about how he and his church college group could multiply disciples on campus at Bakersfield College; we also got to go on campus together to do some evangelism.
Fast-forward to last week… Kyle had me come back to do two days of evangelism training for his students on campus at Bakersfield College. Here are the highlights from my trip:
There are well over 100 students in Kyle's college ministry! Some of them also attend CSU Bakersfield and Taft College. May the Lord use Kyle and his student leaders to start multiplying movements of disciple-makers on all three of these campuses!
Pray for Pastor Kyle and his students as they make disciples at Bakersfield College!
About ten years ago, Bob and his family moved to Merced to start making disciples on campus at Merced College. I am so thankful that he discipled me and taught how to more fruitfully multiply my life.... especially on college campuses!
A few days ago Bob and I went on campus together at Modesto JC to do some evangelism, and as usual..... what a fruitful time. As we were leaving campus, we remarked to each other that there is not a single time that we show up on campus and fail to have fruitful connections with students.
Bob surveyed a young man (picture below) who was very interested! Bob taught him how to do a One Thing Study and invited him to meet up again on campus. And Bob also plans to take him out to lunch sometime soon.
Oh how amazing it is to me (still... after all these years) that college students are so hungry for Jesus and for relationships with those (even old folks like me and Bob!) who would invest in them.
"The harvest is great,
The Yorks are passionate about bringing the Gospel to the nations - especially the unreached of the world (those who have no access to the Gospel). They are convinced that the greatest impact they can have in reaching the unreached is by multiplying disciples on college campuses and equipping churches to be missional disciple-makers.