Collegiate Church Plant Collaborative (CCPC) 2019

In February, over 150 collegiate ministers from across the nation (and Canada!) gathered at our main campus in Alameda, CA for the 2019 Collegiate Church Planting Collaborative (CCPC). CCPC is organized by the North American Mission Board’s Send Network and consists of 3 packed days of collaboration and training to accelerate disciple making and church planting in university contexts.

We’ve hosted the event at our church every other year since 2013. Our members hosted visiting ministers in their homes and loved on them with our Gracepoint-style potluck.

Back in 2013, we didn’t know many others who were planting collegiate churches, or even many others who were focused on college campuses. It's been a tremendous blessing to meet others who share our heart for college students and are striving to live out the Great Commission on college campuses. We've found friends, co-laborers, and fellow Kingdom workers to encourage, teach, challenge, and inspire us to give more to Gospel work.

Church planters traveled from many different campuses for the Collaborative.

Church planters traveled from many different campuses for the Collaborative.

Interhigh: Why We Do It

What is an hour worth? To the staff at InterHigh, a group that includes software engineers and professionals in the healthcare industry, an hour is worth a lot. They work full weeks, but in their downtime, they’re not resting. Instead, they’re learning songs, writing messages, getting feedback on those messages, and struggling to be creative.

It doesn’t always pay off. Megan H., a staff member in InterHigh, shares, “One time we had a small group sharing with 3 girls. Most of them just stared down and didn’t say anything. We ended up talking a lot while they looked bored, so we ended our sharing time early.”

So why keep going? The three kids at this church belong to one of the 775+ Bay Area congregations that have less than 75 attendees. At these churches, it’s common to find a middle-schooler babysitting while her dad preaches, or a high-schooler attending a service in a language that he doesn’t speak. We might not have much to offer them, but if we don’t try, who will?

InterHigh staff Ben L. with student

InterHigh staff Ben L. with student

So we keep serving: in Castro Valley, San Jose, Richmond, Oakland. And amidst week after week of faithfulness, God works. We’ve gone from 9 churches in 2010 to 56 churches in 2017. 385 ministers have served in IH to-date, driving a total of 303,200 miles, which span a farther distance than from here to the moon!

There’ve been more than 100 salvations since IH began. But often, the person who witnesses these salvations ends up being equally blessed, if not more.

Megan H. with fellow InterHigh staff and their students

Megan H. with fellow InterHigh staff and their students

Megan shares, “Every time I give it my all for these students, I’m saying, I want to be ‘great before the Lord,’ rather than before people. At least I can give them a positive impression of a youth group and hope that they will remember at least 1 thing each week that we teach them.”

Jesus once told a story about a shepherd who left the 99 to seek 1 lost sheep. Who are we to do any less?

Echo Lu is a youth minister, part of Area Youth Ministry.