Thanks for your prayers during our first 6 weeks of school! Here are 4 ways that your partnership helped us during the busy season of Fall Outreach & retreats.
1. OUR LEADERS INVITED STUDENTS INTO RELATIONSHIP
We did some new training on how to do outreach during the first week of classes – instead of just inviting folks to events, our first goal was to get to know that person and build a relationship with them. We invited new students into relationship first, and events second.
We had over 150 students sign up for more information at club fair. We divided these names among our 40 leaders, and each leader contacted about 4 new students to ask for a face-to-face meeting. For the first time, Small Group Leaders were able to meet Freshmen before our events began.
2. A FLYER CHANGED THE COURSE OF ONE STUDENT’S LIFE
One woman told us that she’d never found true community at CNU until getting involved with IV. Walking through the student union on the first Wednesday of classes, she passed by the table where we were handing out cake and was surprised to be greeted warmly.
Braving her social anxiety, she came back to our cookout the next night and was surprised, again, to find that not only did people talk to her but she felt genuinely cared for. Later, on New Student Retreat, she shared that receiving a green IV flyer was the doorway into the first community that ever truly accepted her.
3. WE SAW A SURGE IN NUMBERS AT LARGE GROUP
Last year, due to a number of difficult things going on in the life of the chapter, our large group attendance had dropped to around 50 students. This year we started out with around 200 (60 of which were freshmen) and have since settled around 100 students attending weekly.
4. WE RAN OUR FIRST EVER NEW STUDENT RETREAT
While we were on Sabbatical last spring, the Vision Team (our 6 student coordinators) planned a new retreat for mid-September that would specifically target freshmen and transfer students. The goal was to offer a 1 night get-away early in the semester so new students could be drawn into deep fellowship right away.
The Vision Team worked hard over the summer to raise scholarship funds specifically for this retreat AND they handled all of the speaking and logistics for the weekend. We’re so proud of their mature leadership and grateful to all who gave toward this new tradition.
We’re also celebrating some of our first effective outreach to transfer students (who represent a growing population on the CNU campus).
Praise the Lord for his fruitful work at CNU!