One of my favorite things about doing campus ministry with InterVarsity is still our commitment to student leadership.
Towards the middle of the semester our Vision Team realized that something just wasn’t right in our chapter. Where was the passion for self-sacrificing ministry, for pouring our lives out in this brief moment of life for the sake of the gospel? That’s when they came up with the acronym “Dap.” It stands for the 3 areas that our chapter needs to dive into. Discipleship, Affinity-Groups, and Prayer.
Discipleship is potentially the most important thing that we do as a ministry for the long-term health of tomorrow’s church.
While numerous people have offered definitions of what discipleship (or more properly, disciple-making) is, it is no less than this: that older and/or more mature Christians would meet regularly with younger and/or less mature Christians in order to build them up in the faith. Sometimes this is casual hanging out, sometimes it is studying Scripture together, and sometimes it’s talking about very difficult issues. Jesus didn’t say make baby Christians and leave them there!
“Affinity-Groups” is the little phrase we came up with to help Christians see their mission field in a more manageable way. You may not be able to share the gospel with every person on campus, but you will certainly not share it with anyone if the only thing you ever do on campus is InterVarsity events. This is our way of encouraging our students to find some other crowd of friends, be it a team, a club, a Fraternity or Sorority, a study group, or some other “crowd,” and to be a part of their crowd, seeking to love and serve, and speak the gospel to them in order that they may be blessed by Christ like we have!
Prayer. Feel that little lump in your throat? Me too. That’s what happens to most of us Christians when we hear about prayer-we know we’re called to do it, and we know that we just DON’T! This last element encompasses our Vision Team’s biblical understanding that we would be crazy to rush into hectic ministry without first praying. It is a stiff encouragement to know that God is bigger than our pathetic prayer lives, that Jesus’ blood covers our struggles, and then to get on our knees and pray that the Lord of the Harvest would use us as workers for his harvest, and that we might have the Spirit-given boldness to bless those who we have opportunity.