Ben's Story

In the autumn, many students all over the UK tried church for the first time.

A generational shift has led to an openness towards church, a desire than needs to be met, and a belief that there must be something more. Stories amounting to students giving their lives to Jesus during their first weeks at university are emerging - are we ready?

Ben Jackson, a student worker at Highfield Church in Southampton, recognised the pressing need for students to be ready to share Jesus with their friends, course mates and flatmates. He decided to structure student small groups around Mission Styles, a tool which releases students into sharing their faith in a way that builds on their individual strengths. Once a month, the students lead a missional activity building on their mission style, and through this, students felt equipped and able to invite their friends to #TryChurch and to feel a part of the family.

One group of students with the “Show Me” style cooked a homemade meal and gave it to people on campus.

One group of students with the “Convince Me” style hosted an evening called “Grill a Christian”, where they answered students’ questions about faith.

As a result, students are left feeling equipped, ready and excited to share their faith, and many are walking into churches for the first time because one of their friends felt brave enough to invite them along.

Action:

Let’s consider how we are preparing our students to reach their friends who are more open to church than ever.

  1. How can we inspire a missional mindset, building on individual strengths?

  2. How can we encourage not just a great year, but a great generation?

Victoria Seithel

Communications Developer

Viki loves raising up new leaders and is committed to sharing the hope-filled story of student mission with the churches she serves.

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