"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20. This is a couple of verses that have been the mission of our church for some time now." Where does it start and how in the world am I supposed to do this?" are two questions that I think a lot of Christians ask themselves when they think of these verses.
This is my seventh year to host FUSE with a student ministry and each year I get asked, "What's the mission behind this?" The mission is simple. Let's get students to realize how easy it is to start Gospel-centered conversations. Most people never start this process of making disciples because they're too scared to even start the conversation. The truth is, discipleship begins with evangelism, which starts with us opening our mouths and being willing to talk about what Christ is to us. We can start by telling our story.
The idea behind FUSE is for students to go invite friends to church. Don't get me wrong, inviting someone to church isn’t necessarily evangelism. But, being willing to talk about church is an excellent start to beginning a Gospel-centered conversation. My desire is for students to see that it's really not that hard.
Once a student comes to FUSE they're going to see that church can be a very fun place to be. They're also going to get to meet other Christians who are normal people who have struggles too. But, most importantly, they're going to hear the Gospel. I have found that even if a student doesn't make a decision that night, it often opens the door for another conversation as we plant the Gospel seed in them.
I have seen students experience FUSE and then realize they don't need a special Wednesday night event to talk about Jesus on their campuses. This, along with students accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior, is a massive win for our student ministry.
FUSE also has a mission aspect that pushes each team to go and do missions in our community and in our church. This exposure to missions helps our students realize they don't have to go out of our country to do missions. We can always be doing missions.
Again, these conversations are just the beginning of making disciples. We want students to invite friends to be a part of LIFE Groups and GROWTH Groups and to be able to disciple these students and help them be more of what God desires us to be.
Make sure you encourage your student to come and be a part of FUSE this year. And keep encouraging them to have these Gospel conversations. Let's go make disciples of all the nations together!
Mission Reports, observations, and encouragement from your favorite Student Ministry Team.