September 2015

One reason I love collegiate ministry is that college students are just beginning the adventure of adulthood. They have all the optimism in the world! These young men and women are making critical life decisions about what career path they want to take, but even more significant, decisions concerning their core identity and life purpose.

We believe the answers these students are seeking are found in Jesus Christ.

Next Generation at Bowie State

Maya was an answer to prayer for Osaze and Hadiza Murray, Campus Directors at Bowie State University (BSU) in Maryland. They had been searching for someone to lead a freshman women’s Bible study so Hadiza could focus on discipling upperclass women. The freshman dorms at Bowie State are separate for men and women and their goal is to have investigative Bible studies that are accessible to all freshmen. At the end of the previous year, there was only one woman involved in the Navigator collegiate ministry. But Osaze and Hadize knew that God would be faithful to provide for their ministry, as He had for the six years since the Navigator ministry launched at Bowie State.

Current college freshmen are significantly less connected with anything religious than they have been in the past. A national study found that in 2014, 28 percent of freshmen in college had no religious preference. This compares with 17.5 percent with no religious preference 10 years ago.

“Max started coming to everything we invited him to—he came to Nav Nights, and he got involved with my Bible study. Max decided to give his life to Christ at our Navigator Fall Retreat! Seeing God transform Max’s heart and bring him into His Kingdom was incredible to experience. It has been very humbling to see God use an average guy like me who’s simply choosing to be obedient.”

Finding Community with Nav20s

Greg was a typical student at the University of Illinois a couple years ago. His early college years were focused on going to as many bars and parties as he could, but his senior year, things changed. A good friend invited him to a Navigator Bible study. The men in that group welcomed him like a brother, and Greg came to know Christ.

“I’d encourage all upperclassmen to consider moving back onto campus because it creates an opportunity to make an impact for eternity and is absolutely worth it!"

–Nick, a Navigator student leader

BJ and Rachel Chandler - University of Florida, Campus Director

Two guys from Nebraska were on a summer training project in Florida and visited Gainesville to share the Gospel with students. That particular day, I was on campus and was hung over from the night before. I met both of them and they shared the Gospel with me. Later, they connected me with Ben Nugent who was on Navigator staff at the University of Florida.