If our mission is seen as our compass, our philosophy of ministry can be viewed as the pillars of our ministry. Every organization has structures that hold and distinguish the ministry from others within the broader Kingdom. While these pillars are significant, it is imperative that we remember that they aren’t the foundation. Christ alone is the foundation. Just like physical pillars are both visible and functional, our pillars are visible and help hold up the rest of the structure.
We start with ministry on the college campus. Yet, unlike para-church or para-denominational college ministries, we are the ministry of a local church, with a view to local and global impact long-term through the local body of Christ.
Campus Outreach seeks to be a Gospel centered ministry -meaning radical call to Christ, to repentance, to helping people live, breath, speak the gospel. Those who are impacted deeply within by the gospel and radically sent out.
When we approach a campus, we look to take a relational, life-on-life approach. We primarily start with students in the main flow of campus. This usually means students without spiritual backgrounds. This is what we mean by ‘incarnational ministry’. As the ministry grows, we build and utilize larger events that coincide with the campus calendar (summers, winter breaks, spring breaks, etc). Catalytic Events are Mission Critical to our mission of building Christ-centered leaders. We build to and from these events back into our ministry. The synergy and symbiotic connection between these is a pillar of ministry for us.
We are a Local Color with a Global Network Campus Outreach is a relational network of campus ministers, ministries, and churches that share vision, values, and philosophy of ministry working together to see the strengthening and expansion of the mission of Glorifying God by building Christ centered leaders on the college campus for lost world. According to Merriam-Webster, ‘local color’ is the presentation of the features and peculiarities of a particular locality and its inhabitants in writing. In a ministry sense, we mean the contextualization of a core vision with values adapted to a specific place (time, setting, people group, culture).