Often people visit our church and say it’s quite different. While we are a church in the conventional sense – a body of local believers that functions as a church – we’re different from the typical church in that we’re actually more like a discipleship-oriented campus parachurch ministry (e.g., InterVarsity or CCC), and our culture and practices reflect this reality. Like other parachurch college campus ministries, our ministry is mostly run by home-grown lay leaders, recent (and not-so-recent) grads raised right within our ministry.Our ministry looks like this: on-campus Bible studies, small group meetings, relational evangelism, the nurturing of new believers and discipling them to maturity, through life lived together.
Eventually, we hope to invite the people we disciple to become co-workers in the same ministry, just as Paul invited Timothy to “join with him in suffering for the gospel,” and exhorted Timothy to continue to pass on the gospel. “And the things you have heard me say in the presence in of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.
2 Timothy 2:2 (NIV)
Because of this campus discipleship focus, in some ways we are much more informal than many churches. Sunday worship service isn’t the most important aspect of our church, although we love getting together as a church for rousing times of praise and to hear the Word preached. And, we don’t consider the ministry of ordained clergy essentially different from what lay leaders do. We consider the ministry that happens throughout the week to be the heart of our church: all the relationship forming, bonding, mentoring, and daily devotions in the Scriptures that our members engage in Monday through Sunday, is the real life of the church.