The dream of “an Acts 2 church in every college town” makes our hearts pump and our eyes tear up. One distinctive in the way we plant churches is that we send off a whole team of people at a time – for the sake of our church-planters and so that from the beginning, there will already be a close community to invite people into. We usually hope to send off around 10 to 15 people. For the most part, the teams consist of our staff (i.e., lay leaders who have been engaged in ministry), who volunteer to go. In the grand scheme of Christian mission work, going to a college town in America is not all that heroic. But every time people volunteer to go, we are so proud of them.
There’s the pain of relocating, saying goodbye to many friends, getting new jobs, waiting months for a job offer to come, and all the sheer labor of starting up a new ministry. But we know it will all have been worth it once they meet students on the other side who need the gospel, and who are spiritually hungry. Because the teams who go leave our existing churches, and because they do so as part of our collective vision, our church plants retain our name to continue our sense of oneness as a church. Our dream is to keep planting churches in college towns, and our hope is that these churches would, in turn, become church-planting churches, to reach more and more lives for the sake of the gospel.
For many of us, college was a momentous and decisive time: Christ’s all-consuming call to discipleship grabbed a hold of our hearts and our lives, and we experienced the richness of a biblical, counter-cultural Christian community. It’s an experience we want to replicate for others – an Acts 2 church in every college town. And so, we focus on college ministry, plant churches in college towns, and encourage every one of our members to live in loving sacrificial service and ministry.
New to Christianity, or not yet a Christ follower, but interested in what religion is all about? We invite you to “come and see” for yourself: the Bible, the God who reveals Himself, and the spiritual community of the church.