By Connie Cavanaugh
Chantal Vallee, a university women's
basketball coach in Montreal, Quebec, ran into a problem over and over in the
Bible study group she initiated and led. The new believers wanted to go to
church, but there was nowhere to send them.
So, they started their own church in 2000.
Canada has approximately 240 universities and colleges, but only about 40
have Southern Baptist churches in their communities, according to Salt Jones,
national consultant for student ministries for the Canadian Convention of
Southern Baptists (CCSB).
"University churches developed out of necessity," says Mel Cruikshank,
student ministry strategist for Alberta and Saskatchewan. "We were establishing
collegiate ministries on campuses where students had no reasonable options for
church. The first, in Montreal, met a great need. Before that a student could
not be referred to a Baptist church in his or her community, because none
Now seven churches reaching Canadian university campuses are meeting a
spiritual need at a time when students are coming into adulthood.
The Point (www.pointchurch.ca) is a church on the campus of Simon Fraser
University in Burnaby, British Columbia. Ten years ago, Kelly Manire
encountered the idea of having churches, not just clubs, on college campuses.
He and his wife were leading a campus ministry in Vancouver, Washington, when
he was challenged in 1995 by a church planter strategist to start a church.
Because of students' studies or work, services at campus churches usually
are held late on Sundays. Baptisms take place in hot tubs, swimming pools and
bath tubs. PowerPoint, drama, the arts, lively music-these are the norm. And,
like any church, campus churches are born out of need.
Church planter facilitator Ashley Thaba saw that need in Ottawa, Ontario.
Thus was born Celebration! (www.celebrationchurch.ca) with a mission field of 70,000 students
at Carlton University, Ottawa University and Algonquin College.
The church started after Ashley joined a gym at Carlton and began connecting
with believers and nonbelievers. "When you're on a treadmill for 30 minutes,"
Ashley says, "you can have some pretty in-depth conversations." Many students
came to Christ and became involved in Celebration! as a result of these
The Sanctuary West in Hamilton (www.thesanctuary.ca/hamilton) led by Bob Royce, also is in Ontario
as well as a still un-named church start in the Greater Toronto area led by
Jeremy Langley (email@example.com).
The Bridge (groups.msn.com/thebridge) in Alberta meets in the Student Union
building at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, but the church also reaches
the students of nearby Grant MacEwan College.
In Montreal, Quebec, there are three college churches: L'eglise Impact
French-speaking congregation, and Impact, both led by Robert Pinkston and Agape
by Chantal Vallee, which is reaching the Quebecois culture. Agape most closely
fits the Quebecois culture of gathering for a fete or celebration. For
generations Quebec people have met in each others' homes-often the kitchen-to
share food, stories and music. These fetes can last well into the night. So
when Agape meets, they eat, they sing, they tell their stories for up to six
hours at a time. "It's a grassroots, indigenous style of church," says
As this campus church planting movement spreads, a growing number of U.S.
campuses are being reached by this strategy.
For more information on church planting and outreach among students, visit
www.namb.net and click on "starting
Funding missions shouldn't be the same old task year after year. Here are
some ideas to mix it up:
• Debra Hurst of Indian Springs First Baptist
Church, in Indian Springs Village, Alabama, created a spring
bouquet to encourage fellow church members to give to the Annie Armstrong
Easter Offering (AAEO). She made a garden lattice out of poster board and
drilled a hole into each diamond of the lattice. Each hole represented a
$100 gift, and the number of holes was equal to the church's AAEO goal. With
each donation a hole was filled with a cluster of artificial lilies (the
signature flower of AAEO). As the lattice was filled, the church had a
beautiful reminder of how important it is to plant gospel seeds in North
• Stewartstown Baptist Church in
Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, held a Progressive Dinner for Missions not only to
encourage missions giving but also to inform the congregation about the stories
and struggles of individual missionary families. At each home a missions
development leader led a devotion and question and answer session featuring a
week of prayer missionary family before the course was served. Mary Cahoon, WMU
director for Stewartstown Baptist said, "There was an excellent turn out, and
folks who usually don't come for missions activities were touched by what they
saw and heard."
• Dr. Jack Hinton jump-started
missions giving at Tabernacle Baptist
Church in New Bern, North Carolina, by procuring a $4,000 loan
from a local bank and distributing 400 $10 bills to church members in envelops
marked "seed money." Members were encouraged to plant and multiply these funds
for missions. Some of their creative ideas included sponsoring a "Senior Saints
Appreciation Banquet" that raised $1,200. The youth group sold $4 tickets to a
1950's drive-in style hamburger lunch, and one woman was able to donate several
hundred dollars by selling pecans.
Another idea not only raised money for missions but served the community as
well. During the Christmas shopping season, the church offered babysitting
services to all New Bern residents for $10 per child. In the end the church was
able to repay the loan and give a healthy sum to missions.
• Calvary Baptist Church in
Erwin, Tennessee, takes missions personally, because they spend time praying
for and writing to missionaries as well as participating in short-term mission
projects in North America and throughout the world. Missions giving is
maximized by what they call "The $4 Plan," through which members have the
opportunity to give two weeks of their salary to missions by setting aside $4
out of every hundred they earn during the year. For example, if you earn $500
per week you would set aside $20 for missions each week. At the end of 50
weeks you'd have saved $1,000 to give to missions.
For more information on how you can give and get involved in missions, visit
professional, former educator in Waimea, Hawaii
by Lucinda Lyons
When I first became a Christian four
years ago I dreamed of going on a mission trip to Cambodia or Mexico. At the
time, I thought of mission trips only as organized group excursions to
international locations for the purpose of sharing Christ. I thought of church
as the place I spent Sunday mornings. God has radically changed my view,
revealing the Christian life as a continual mission within a mobile church.
It's interesting that the mission field I found myself in didn't look as I
imagined, but standing on God's promises I could see it for what it was-a real
I love what I do. I give facials in a world-class spa and at a small day
spa. God uses me in a one-on-one setting to pray silently for my clients,
encourage them and, when He leads, even share my faith in God with them.
However, the last four years have been lean, and I've prayed often asking God
if I should leave my profession and go back into teaching or go to the
international mission field. He responded by showing me the unsaved people in
my work place. Many co-workers place their faith in New Age philosophies and
false religions, and clients are often vulnerable to this as they are in need
of healing and nurturing.
Unexpectedly, God directed me to accept a temporary, three-month position in
the café at our spa. I accepted the position, excited to see how God was going
to use this time. In the beginning I felt overwhelmed learning the jobs of
cashier, cook, dishwasher and wait staff all at once. The two-person café went
from being slow to slammed, and when we were slammed we were
A few difficult weeks into the job, I was offered a part-time teaching position
at a local school. Anger and frustration began to build as I struggled with
what to do. At times, I winced as I looked honestly at my heart and attitude.
In my quiet moments with God, He showed me that I must honor my commitment to
the café. I had to trust Him.
Fortunately, a wise mentor suggested I look at this café as my sanctuary, my
chapel, my mission field. She explained that since I am a believer in Jesus
Christ the presence of God is with me. Where I am, so is the Lord. And those
who enter the cafe are walking into the presence of the Lord! After a moment, I
embraced that idea and with new eyes I embraced my mission field. I prayed that
those who came there would find a quiet place where God could talk to their
hearts, that wounds and brokenness could surface and be healed, that their
hearts would be open and receptive to God, and that those who knew Him would be
restored and strengthened.
I was able to share the gospel with one woman in particular who had been on
my prayer list for quite a while. When "The Passion of the Christ" came to
theaters, I placed a ticket in her mailbox at work. One day, as we were leaving
work, we walked together in the parking lot and she brought up the movie.
"I had never heard any of those stories before," she said. I asked her if
she had a Bible, which she didn't. I happened to have one in my car that I had
prayed about giving to someone. I gave her the Bible, and we talked for an hour
about my Savior.
impacting the culture
Happy Trails Baptist Church
Taylorsville, North Carolina
Location: H and H Outdoor
attendance: Avg. 75-In good
weather, 120. In cold weather, 60 people in coveralls.
Senior Pastor: Don Martin
Pastor's path: Don Martin is a
bi-vocational pastor of both Covenant Baptist and Happy Trails. In his "day
job" he owns a computer technology company.
a Brief History: Happy Trails
is the result of Covenant Baptist Church's vision for reaching the cowboy crowd
in North Carolina. Now Happy Trails actually draws more attendance than
Covenant, its traditional sponsoring church that began as a mission of the
Rankin Theron Association.
I've never started a church from scratch like that before, so it was a
challenge. I didn't do summer missions because I thought it would be cushy; I
did it because I was called to do it." Michelle Glenn from Clinton,
Mississippi, assigned to Crossover Canada
"I feared I would not be able to relate to the culture. I was scared
that I may say something to offend someone and not be sensitive enough to their
culture and background. I knew, however, that God was the One going up there to
make a difference, not me. Lance Sudduth from Jackson, Mississippi,
assigned to Nome Community Baptist Church, Nome, Alaska
www.4truth.netGo there now and you'll find resources for
understanding and reaching people of other faiths along with articles from
well-known theologians and apologists who will provide believers with tools for
defending their faith and strengthening their understanding of their
www.HollywoodJesus.comChrist is all and is in
all…even in the box office. Learn how God's redemptive story continues to be
told even in the unlikeliest of feature films and television shows. This is
also a good site to recommend to people who may not listen to the gospel in a
www.idthefuture.com Engage in an on-going discussion about
the science of Intelligent Design. Pushing past any social, political or
religious fodder, idthefuture.com features thoughts and comments by leading
scientists from all over the world. A good site to recommend to an evolutionist
dictionary.gospelcom.net From Alpha to
Huldreich Zwingli you can research religion in this free web-based dictionary
including 10,000 religious terms from history to customs to biography.
Thy Word have I placed in my Palm. Download commentaries, Bibles and other
e-books for your Palm OS handheld or Pocket PC so you'll always have God's Word
at your fingertips.
www.Gostudents.net/leader Download Bible studies,
videos, and other resources for your youth group. Launched only a few months
ago, gostudents.net and gostudents.net/leader provide an ever-growing resource
to help you and your youth meet the demands of ministry among new generations
Church, Suwanee, Georgia
Christmas is the perfect time of year to share the gospel with your
community. The last two seasons, Sugarloaf Community Church in Duluth, Georgia,
has held what it calls "Christmas in the Park," an event for their community
where people can sip hot chocolate, ice skate, listen to good music and spend
quality time with their friends and family while hearing about the Reason for
"We wanted to create a non-threatening and fun event where members could
bring their non-believing friends and family and give them the opportunity to
share their faith in Christ" says Warren Jacobs, creative arts
The cost will depend on where you hold the event, what you provide and how
you fill your supply list. Sugarloaf spent about $5,000, but a lot was donated
by local businesses and church members, including publicity media, which would
have significantly increased costs. If you mention you're a church offering a
free community event, you may find discounts.
Send us your church's outreach ideas! If we print yours in "The Pulse,"
you'll receive $100 and a gift subscription to On Mission for a friend
or family member. Send ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
On Mission magazine
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Alpharetta, GA 30022
By Mike Licona
Often as Christians we say "I know the answer...now what's the question?" We
aren't as eager to listen as we are to begin on what may or may not be
a gentle and respectful response to genuine concern. A few years ago I was in a
car accident with my wife and two children. A woman had rear-ended us,
crumpling the back of our vehicle. The front of hers looked like a
poorly-wrought accordion. Traffic was backing up. As we waited for the police a
man strolled out of a church on the corner and handed each of us a gospel
"That'll give you something to think about while you wait," he said before
strolling off into the sunset. Besides making me uncomfortable, it made me
wonder how Christians respond to a world in crisis as suggested in 1 Peter
• Listen. Listen to your co-workers, your acquaintances and
even people in line at the grocery store if you get a chance to strike up a
conversation. What do they say about books like The Da Vinci Code, about
Christians and social issues? Find out where they're coming from without
correcting or telling them they're wrong.
• Know their media. Never once did the apostle Paul
reference the Jewish scriptures when he was speaking with the Greek
philosophers on Mars Hill. Instead he quoted their own poets. If we listen
well, we'll know how they feel about "Star Wars," "The Lord of the Rings," or
The Da Vinci Code. We need to read and watch so we can have fruitful
• Show genuine love. People don't care how much you know
until they know how much you care.
Live out your faith by showing up on moving day, providing a listening ear
in crisis and doing whatever else you can to show that Christ's love is
relevant. Your love can prime a non-believer's heart for accepting the
• Don't make everything intellectual. We can serve God and
have pure theology, but when it comes to sharing Christ, people want a Person,
not a theory. When you share Christ with this culture, philosophical argument
may dismantle a counter-Christian worldview, but it's what Christ has done in
your life that'll tear down barriers.
Mike Licona is director of apologetics, NAMB, and author of The
Case for the Resurrection of Jesus, recently selected as a
Christianity Today notable book, and Paul and Mohammed (Baker
Books, Winter 2006).
Within a 40-mile radius of downtown
Nashville, Crossover events, including block parties, street evangelism, sports
clinics, neighborhood prayerwalking and door-to-door visitation were conducted
by nearly 10,000 volunteers from hundreds of Southern Baptist churches across
the country. More than 2,500 professions of faith in Christ have been recorded
as a result of the Crossover efforts. Among those involved in the outreach
events were FAITH Riders, Christian bikers from several states, who rode up
Broadway in downtown Nashville in conjunction with the evangelistic outreach
preceding the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting June 21-22,
by Mary Manz Simon
I hurried up the sidewalk. I couldn't wait
to reach the next house. Every Halloween, my sister and I each got a whole
candy bar from the doctor's widow who lived here. I could feel the added weight
in my bag as Mrs. Jergens plunked down that gooey treat.
But Halloween has changed since those carefree years when I dressed as a
majorette and strutted up and down the familiar streets of my Chicago
neighborhood. Today, hospital X-ray machines scan for dangerous objects hidden
in candy. Youths who dabble in the occult make front-page headlines. My
children have been lured by books from spookmaster R.L. Stine. The age of
innocent holiday fun has ended.
Now, on some Halloweens, I turn off the porch light to hide from
trick-or-treaters. But that may not be the right response.
Halloween can be an open door to witnessing. And even though the holiday
might begin with children, associated seasonal events can provide
multi-generational opportunities to reach people for Christ. Consider these
military chaplains are a welcome sight in the
throes of war, at the bedsides of the sick, in the wake of chaos and disaster.
They've been commissioned by God and by the Armed Forces to have access to some
of the most intimate moments and settings in human life. "The best phrase to
describe chaplaincy is 'the church going outside the walls of the church,'"
says Pete Sharber, director of chaplaincy, NAMB. "We need to go to the people,
build a bridge and meet the spiritual and physical needs of people where they
are." Chaplains are not only embedded with fighting troops and praying at the
bedsides of war casualties.
Chaplaincy sponsored by the local church can become a major strategy for
evangelism. Envision for a moment a congregation with seven volunteer chaplains
on the staff who serve under the umbrella of the pastor. These chaplains serve
their church in the local businesses, the local high schools, the local
prisons/jails, the hospital, the law enforcement and safety agencies-use your
"If we had chaplains in each SBC congregation across North America going
outside the walls of the church, we could reach our communities for Christ,"
says Sharber. "The problem with religion in North America is that it's so often
confined to buildings. We need to model Christ and go into our
To learn how you can reach people and meet needs in your community through
chaplaincy ministry email Pete Sharber at email@example.com or call 770-410-6366.
Village Café is an interactive, 3D, CD-ROM resource for students and adults
exploring God's call to missions. Hear first-hand from North American
missionaries and explore options of missionary service available with the North
American Mission Board. For more information, visit www.answerthecall.net, or call 800-462-8657
Strike Zone (Broadman & Holman, 2005) by Andy Pettite and Bob Reccord,
is a handbook for teens navigating questions of purity and preparing for a life
of commitment to Christ. The co-authors are Pettite, who pitched for the
Yankees in the 2003 World Series, and Dr. Reccord, president, North American
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Crossway, 2005)
by Bruce A. Ware, explores the nature of God and His redemptive plan by
exploring the Trinity and how each person of God pursues a relationship with
His creation. This book does a good job of explaining a hard-to-grasp
The Home Team (Revell, 2004) by Nate Adams is a valuable aid for parents.
With practical and "home-tested" ideas for strengthening your family
spiritually, you learn how to have more fun together, communicate more deeply
and serve others more willingly.
How Should We Then Live and A Christian Manifesto (Crossway, 2005) by
Francis A. Schaeffer are reprints of two Schaeffer classics that lay the
groundwork for the Church to be relevant to contemporary culture even as
culture drifts deeper into the postmodern paradigm.
How to Lead Your Child to Christ (Tyndale, 2005) by Robert and Bobbie
Wolgemuth provides creative ways to communicate the gospel to today's child.
Includes a music CD featuring songs teaching the truths of the gospel in catchy
So, You Want to be Like Christ? (W, 2005) by Charles R. Swindoll is a
guidebook to the Christ-like spiritual life God intends for His children. Out
of religion and into holiness is the path Swindoll helps readers rediscover
amid the weeds of human understanding.
The Pumpkin Gospel (Standard, 2005) by Mary Manz Simon is a children's book
relating the gospel message using an annual holiday activity-pumpkin carving. A
perfect resource for a simple gospel presentation for young elementary school
The Passion of Christ and the Purpose of Life (Crossway, 2005) by Adrian
Rogers is a good book for people wanting to deepen their understanding of the
gospel. Rogers asks some important questions about Christ's suffering, and
helps readers see how this part of Christ's mission relates to history and
people today. Good for believers or as a gift book for non-believers.
Truth Finders Game helps you learn scripture on your PC through an
interactive CD featuring a multi-level game that teaches and tests your
biblical knowledge. TruthFinders offers truth seekers of any age or level
challenging questions that the Bible answers about life and faith.
To the Ends of the Earth (International Mission Board, 2005) by Jerry Rankin
is a guide for understanding and following God's plan in praying for, going to
and planting churches among peoples all over the earth.
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