University Christian Outreach (UCO) and Saint
Paul’s Outreach (SPO) have
been working to evangelize university students for
decades. Several years ago,
SPO developed a process that clarifies the
approach they had been taking to
student evangelization. More recently, UCO has
adopted this same process.
Having a unified process has helped UCO and SPO to
more successfully carry
out their mission of building communities that
awaken faith on campus and
form life-long disciples of Jesus Christ.
At the North American Men’s Leadership Conference
held in Tempe,
Arizona, this past April, Peter DeMarais of SPO
(on the left) and Andrew
Davignon of UCO (on the right) made a brief
presentation on this unified
process of reach, call, form, and send. Below is a
synopsis of that presentation.
I have become all things to all people,
that by all means I might save some.
(1 Corinthians 9:22)
Every college student is looking
for relationships—believers and nonbelievers
alike are looking for friends.
We work to reach out to college students
and build friendships with
them, using those friendship to draw
them to Christ. That bridge of friendship
takes many forms, but it must be
strong enough to bear the weight of
truth. Our hope is that every member
of SPO and UCO will be a missionary
evangelist, building relationship and
inviting people into evangelistic environments
with a goal of bringing
them to Jesus Christ.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel,
for it is the power of God for salvation
to everyone who believes.
Once a relationship is established
(a bank account of trust), we want to
proclaim the Gospel. Sometimes this
happens in one-on-one conversation,
where a member invites their friend
into a deeper relationship with the
Lord, giving witness to God’s work in
his or her life. Often this happens in
small groups and Bible studies hosted
by SPO and UCO members. The Bible
studies walk a student through a set
of conversations where we can bring
them to the point of decision. Students
also hear the call at evangelistic prayer meetings
sponsored by the
SPO or UCO Chapter. The call is most
clearly communicated at the Fan into
Flame Retreat (a weekend version of
the Life in the Spirit Seminar) where,
through the power of the Holy Spirit,
students declare Jesus Christ as Lord
of their life.
I urge you to live a life worthy of the
calling you have received.
Our formation is laser-focused on Jesus
Christ. The purpose of formation
is to train students to follow Jesus
Christ and to live for Him throughout
their lives as mature disciples. Formation
happens in a community environment.
It is a holistic pastoral process
that consists of several elements:
the formation courses, a small group
that meets at least twice a month, a
formation mentor, and, often, living
in a Christian household. We see mission
as essential to formation, so part
of learning to be a disciple means
learning to be on mission.
The harvest is plentiful, but the workers
are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest,
therefore, to send out workers
into his harvest field. (Luke 10:2 )
Consistent through the whole formation
process is an outward focus—
a sending of lifelong missionary disciples
into the work of evangelization.
Our work is incomplete if we give students
an amazing experience of discipleship
and mission in college, but it
doesn’t lead to lifelong missionary
discipleship. We recruit members of
SPO and UCO to participate in a mission
year in one of our chapters. We
work towards the goal that our members
will connect to and build communities
of missionary disciples
throughout their lives.
Having this process clearly defined
has transformed the ability to
do mission on campus. It has helped
us to refine and make clear what God
has called us to be and to do on campuses
throughout the region.