Believers at multiple universities in Florida are seeing the glory of growing the Kingdom of God, one group at a time. Staff members coach a few student leaders, who then start discipleship groups with new believers they share the gospel with. Then, members of the discipleship groups share the gospel with others and start new discipleship groups, and so on.
The No Place Left movement wants to see every corner of the earth reached with the gospel through multiplication. This method is founded on that Romans 15:23 where Paul talks about there being “no more place ” for him to work where God’s name was not proclaimed in the region where he was, and so moves on to the next place.
Braden Olsen is a student at Florida Atlantic University and has been involved in the No Place Left movement since his uncle told him about it in high school and he began sharing the gospel with his fellow students. He now runs a church in his college dorm called Dorm Church.
“Our vision is to have all 30,000 students at FAU hear the gospel,” Olsen said. “The next part of our vision is to have a dorm church planted on every dorm floor of FAU, which is about 75 floors. We also train to go out and share the gospel. We go door to door, just knocking on the doors asking to pray.”
Mateo Echeverry, a student at Florida University, said the church on his campus is a collection of community groups. They have corporate meetings every Sunday, but their strength is in small groups that plant mini churches on a regular basis. Echeverry emphasized that their church movement is about multiplication, not addition. They don’t want to add one or two people to already existing groups, but have one or two people go out and start a new group.
Every week, discipleship groups go through the ‘three thirds format’ — looking back, looking up, and looking forward. Looking back means recapping the last week or two and talking about who each person shared the gospel with. Looking up is a time of worship and inductive Bible study. Looking forward includes discussing who to share the gospel with in the coming week and how to apply what God is teaching them.
The churches at these universities include new believers as well as those who have been in the Church their entire lives. No matter where someone is in their faith though, all receive the same training to share the gospel and multiply the church. In fact, the leaders have found that new Christians often tend to have a greater burden to share Jesus than those who have been in the faith for a while but are not used to sharing the gospel.
Janelle is a junior Journalism major at The University of Texas at Austin. After college, she hopes to become a foreign correspondent to continue sharing people’s stories. Janelle is involved with the Baptist Student Ministry, Austin Stone Community Church, and is a Campus Renewal Media intern.