Campus Communities are groups of 15-35 men and women who gather weekly in homes for the purpose of growing together as gospel-centered disciples of Christ.
The acronym P.R.E.S.S. summarizes the core practices of every Campus Community: Prayer, Reading the Bible, Eating Together, Serving Together, and Sharing the gospel.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO EXPERIENCE IN A CAMPUS COMMUNITY?
When a student walks into a home, they will be greeted with the smell of food and sound of friendship. During the first part of a gathering, students scatter sit together around the house filling the air with conversation and laughter as they meet new people an catch up on the weeks happenings.
After some brief announcements and an ice-breaker or conversation starter, everyone crams into a living room to read the Bible and receive gospel-centered teaching, followed by a time of spiritual conversation and prayer.
Should any needs arise in the group during this time, a specific member or group of members from the Campus Community will be given opportunities to demonstrate the love of God by helping meet the stated needs in tangible and practical ways.
After concluding the gathering, everyone is free to linger over leftover food and dessert, coffee and conversation until the last few people head home.
HOW CAN A PERSON GO “DEEP” IN SUCH A LARGE GROUP WITH PEOPLE OF VARYING COMMITMENT LEVELS?
The inclusive nature of a Campus Community certainly makes “going deep” difficult at times when so many people with different levels of spiritual maturity and commitment are present. Because Over-Shepherds labor to ensure that every meeting is gospel-centered, we believe that every person present, regardless of where they are spiritually, stand to be challenged and encouraged by the grace of God in Christ.
A second, and more practical means by which students can “go deeper” is through a Huddle. Huddles are groups of 2-6 students from a Campus Community that gather together outside of the large group gathering for prayer, Bible-reading, and fellowship while encouraging one another as servants and gospel-sharers. These smaller groups are specifically designed to encourage highly committed students to engage one another in a more intimate and intentional environment.
WHAT IF THE GROUP GETS TOO BIG?
Once a Campus Community reaches 30-35 people on a consistent basis, the time has come for the group to reproduce. As students grow in grace and holiness together through Huddles, our prayer is that God would raise up new Under-Shepherds and send them out with a handful of willing students to plant a new Campus Community.
At the end of the day, if we want to introduce more people to Jesus and see them grow as His disciples, we have to plant more Campus Communities. In order to plant more Campus Communities, we have disciple more leaders. In order to disciple more leaders, we have to see more and more men and women growing together as disciples of Christ in Huddles.
At the end of the day, reproduction is the litmus test for our discipleship.
ARE CAMPUS COMMUNITIES FOR CHRISTIANS OR NON-CHRISTIANS?
Campus Communities are for both disciples of Christ and yet-to-be-disciples of Christ. Because the gospel resides a the center of every gathering, Campus Communities are relevant to every student, regardless of where they are in their spiritual journey.
If you are interested in getting connected to a Campus Community, check our our groups and sign up here!