How to Evangelize Through Campus Fellowships
A campus fellowship provides a way
for church members who attend the same university or live in the vicinity of
the university to help one another pursue spiritual edification and
“Then those who gladly received his word were
baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. And they
continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking
of bread, and in prayers…praising God and having favor with all the people. And
the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:41, 42,
A campus fellowship can model
itself after the apostolic church. The early members convened often to study
the word, have fellowship, share in spiritual feasts, pray, and bear witness to
the love of Jesus Christ. Likewise, a campus fellowship provides the
opportunity for its members to study biblical teachings, draw closer to God and
to each other, intercede for one another, and evangelize.
The Reason for Evangelical Outreach Efforts
Before His ascension, Jesus
entrusted us with the Great Commission to preach the precious gospel to the
ends of the earth.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the
Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and
lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Mt 28:19)
For members of a more seasoned
campus fellowship, it is important to focus on the elements of spreading the
gospel and cultivating the members within the fellowship. Although a starting
campus fellowship can have the same heart, it may need to work more on internal
issues before it can truly focus on the role of evangelism.
Ways to Evangelize
Word of Mouth
-Testify about the word of God
through personal testimonies and reading and quoting from the Scriptures.
-Inform your friends of the basic
beliefs of the church.
-Advertise campus fellowship
meeting times and special events to the university community.
-Post flyers in public areas such
as on bulletin boards and bus stops.
-Distribute the flyers to passers-by
in public areas.
-In some universities, registered
groups can request permission to set up a table for distribution of flyers at
any time during the school year.
-Advertise campus fellowship
meeting times and special events in your school newsletter or newspaper.
-Declare and explain the basic
beliefs of the church
-Present the details of your
campus fellowship such as Bible study meeting place and times
Preparation for an Evangelical Service
There needs to be an effort to
establish either an informal or formal type of evangelical service to which
friends can be invited to learn and reflect on the word of God.
The first step is to decide the
format of your campus fellowship’s evangelical service. The format can range
from casual to formal depending on the needs of the audience and the fellowship
The service usually is held at
someone’s house or apartment.
-Determine the theme and title of
the evangelical service.
-Discuss the format from the
introduction to the main event to the conclusion.
-The main event can consist of
thematic discussions, a brief message, skits, a short movie introducing the
beliefs of our church, or a musical presentation.
-Ask for volunteers or perhaps
pass around a sign-up sheet for different work teams such as food preparation,
praise session team, discussion leaders, etc.
-The leader of each work team may
assign action items to each team member for follow-up.
-Figure out the budget for the
event and how the finances will be covered, either through local church sponsorship
or campus fellowship offerings.
-Plan to keep in contact with the
friends that attend (e.g. making a contact card that the visitors can fill out,
sending emails regarding any upcoming special events).
-Most importantly, pray, pray,