Being at a world-class, large, urban campus, we have many unique opportunities to reach out with the gospel of Jesus Christ: friends in dorms, classmates, Greek houses, professors, co-workers, international students, and more. And yet, we don’t only want to see students come to know Christ, but we also want to see students established in their faith, and equipped to make disciples themselves. Let the spiritual multiplication continue, for the glory of God!
MSP is the temporary home to over 10,000 International students who have come the US with high hopes and high expectations of learning American culture and gaining skills that will benefit their families and home nations. For some, the window of time is short but the potential impact is far reaching. Representing the best and brightest, many return home with the potential to impact families, relational networks and entire countries.
For many international students, their time spent in the US may be the only time they will engage with fully devoted followers of Jesus, yet over 75% return having never entered an American home. The Navigators International Student Outreach team partners with like-minded organizations and local churches to see this changed. Through life-to-life discipleship and acts of service and hospitality, students and scholars are being transformed and the gospel is advancing into the nations.
As Navigators 20s, we’re committed to growing in four pursuits: Christ, work, mission, and community. We seek to follow Jesus in all we do and all we are. We aspire to honor God in our work and recognize it as a way that he’s revealing himself to us and to the world. We believe that disciples of Christ are also called to make disciples wherever they go. And we acknowledge the importance of living and ministering alongside like-hearted brothers and sisters in Christ.
As young adults in the workplace, we believe in the powerful potential of investing deeply in a few. We live into the calling to make disciples who make disciples in all contexts – where we live, work, and play – and we trust God to see many influenced as one generation reaches the next for Christ.
CHURCH DISCIPLESHIP MINISTRIES
“7.5 Million Americans have ‘Lost their Religion’ Since 2012”read the title of a December 2017 article in the Huffington Post. Our local paper the Star Tribune published a series on changing religious identities and dying churches in 2018. So, in the 21stcentury, do churches still matter? Navigator Church Ministries (NCM) is responding to the new realities with a resounding, “Yes!”
With a classic “Life-to-Life Discipleship” focus on everything we do, the Navigators have always been about knowing Christ, making Christ known, and helping others do the same. And that is happening in places all over the world, including in cities like Minneapolis/St. Paul. The Twin Cities is home to churches established more than a century ago by Scandinavian immigrants, historic Black churches and more recent Hmong and Latino congregations.
NCM helps churches to understand and develop intentional disciplemaking cultures by changing the way church leadership looks at discipleship. Workshops, coaching for leaders, and practical tools are used by NCM staff to help church members not only warm pews, but rather to contribute to another person’s spiritual growth and maturity for Christ.
Our vision is to see workers for the Kingdom next door to everyone who are partnering with God and others to transform families, neighborhoods, and communities all across America. We believe in the importance of people (families, affinity groups, other relational connections) and of place (neighborhoods, communities, towns, and cities). We believe God is transforming not merely individuals but communities as well. We want to join him in that.
Our nation is increasing in diversity and God calls all of us to reach all people! We want to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His Kingdom to ALL people, which means we also invest in those who have a primary or national identity distinct from the majority culture. These distinctions can be in ethnicity, religion or season of life (such as recent immigrants or refugees)
Believing in the power of presence, we also minster among people who live in communities directly affected by systemic injustice. Some of our staff labor alongside local leaders in a process of whole life discipleship seeking to renew hope, restore justice and rebuild communities.
How do we seek to accomplish all of this? Our strategy is to reach those without Christ, develop them into lifelong disciplemakers and equip them to share the Gospel with those in their natural context.
To learn more or to get involved, please contact Greg and Abby Schumacher at firstname.lastname@example.org