The Essence of “Student-led”
Within the context of CCC, there are five key aspects of student-led. This paper outlines them and briefly comments on each.
- Dependence on God.
- Student (Volunteer) ownership
- Spiritual multiplication
- Sustainability (local resource generation: money and manpower)
1. GOD DEPENDENCE! God has promised to exalt His name among the nations! Before and after we show up at a new university, He is working to build His kingdom! All other things such as student ownership, team, spiritual multiplication, and sustainability are only possible when students are knowing, loving, hearing, following, obeying, and experiencing God through devotion to Him in the Word, prayer, fasting, and living with an eternal perspective. Student-led happens as students respond to God and begin to dream His dreams and enter into what He is doing in their university. It is only God himself who can cause growth in the lives of people, give power to witness for Him, and multiply His glory among nations.
Remember, Jesus said, “apart from me, you can do nothing” Jn 15: 5. The Holy Spirit is given to help us fully depend on Him. The “-led” paradigm can be truly effected by God alone as students respond to Him in faith and obedience.
2. Student (Volunteer) ownership: The success criteria for us as an organization is being moved to the volunteer level. We ultimately celebrate most what God is doing through teams of like-hearted students who respond to God’s work in their hearts by choosing to own the mission on their campus or in their country.
At the core of “choosing” is the matter of “ownership”! Ownership is about students knowing in their hearts that God is calling them. A conviction that the Great Commission among their peers is THEIR calling from Him! Consider for a moment the significance of this kind of ownership.
Student ownership of the mission is key in unlocking creativity and initiative to reach the campus. Students have an amazing level of energy and insight, which they will willingly devote to people and activities which are important to them and that they are responsible for. Combine this with students’ “insider” status and the possibilities are enormous. But such qualities will not be unleashed unless students choose and are empowered to fully own the task.
3. Spiritual multiplication Student- led is not running activities or events; it’s about seeing generations of transformed lives wining, building, and sending as a way of life.
It only takes one generation not imparting to the next to kill the movement. Therefore it is imperative that we raise up students who are committed to not only lead the movement, but who ensure it is passed on to the next. Their role before graduating shifts from being the leaders to becoming the coaches of the emerging leaders of the next generation.
4. Sustainability is essential, not only for growth and development of a country, but so that the world can be influenced. Sustainability involves the generation of local resources and people power. It infuses a movement with momentum when students pray for and see God provide resources. Ministry that is perpetually sustained by outside funds and resources is less likely to be locally owned. The generation of local resources significantly impacts the long-term results.
5. Team/s of like-hearted disciples who own, plan, lead, and multiply the movement are essential to student-led. The goal is not to build the super individual leader or student working alone in ministry, but rather many teams that work together to accomplish what no one individual could accomplish alone.
“A team is a group of interdependent people committed to a common purpose who choose to cooperate in order to achieve exceptional results” (From Building Powerful Ministry Teams). A team isn’t primarily dependent on experience, age, race, sex, or educational qualifications. Instead, within CCC, teams are made up of people who respond to God’s call and choose to cooperate with others as they trust God for movements on their campus and beyond. Practically, a movement team owns the vision, responsibility, and will do the work of building a movement in the target area where they are called to focus. Members of a team could be CCC staff, students, lecturers, pastors, graduates, and even people living outside the country who participate through technology. CCC doesn’t mandate a category of leaders with which to begin. Rather, we are concerned about trusting God for supernatural results. The key question is not, “What can we do?” but, filled with faith in God who is building His unstoppable kingdom, we ask, “What is it going to take to fulfill our mission?” Ultimately, we must see large numbers of student teams choosing to take the lead in building new movements in order to see our mission accomplished within any significant scope.