We are pleased to announce a new long-term organizational goal for DiscipleMakers: to reach 25 campuses with disciple-making staff by 2025.
Since 1981, DiscipleMakers has sought to fulfill Jesus’ Great Commission to “go and make disciples of all nations” by investing deeply in the lives of college students. By God’s grace, what began as a part-time effort on one campus has grown such that we now have established ministries on eleven campuses.
As we’ve grown, we’ve sought to emulate Jesus’ strategy of investing deeply in potential leaders. Though He spoke to great crowds at times, Jesus’ earthly ministry focused on the small group of disciples He was preparing to send out into the world to share the good news of His Kingdom.
Similarly, DiscipleMakers missionaries invest deeply in students’ lives through labor-intensive methods like one-on-one mentoring and small-group Bible studies. We aim to represent the Lord, helping the gospel penetrate deeply into students’ hearts and raising up the next generation of disciple makers for the church. Such ministry happens one relationship at a time and cannot be mass-produced.
“What we’ve seen,” said Bill Dripps, DiscipleMakers’ founder and president, “is that God has been pleased to give us many strong, robust fellowships populated by committed disciples and those they are reaching. We’re seeing campuses where the majority of the discipling is done by the students themselves, not the staff. What this means is that though the number of campuses where we are ministering has not yet exploded, the number of disciples has multiplied.
But now we’re to the point where to grow further we have to move to new campuses. The need is immense, but we believe that over the next 10 years, God can more than double our ministry.”
Please join us in praying that God will raise up laborers for the harvest field on campus so that by 2025 we will see Him sending out disciple-making students from 25 campuses.