On February 3 I became the Director of Collegiate Communications for The Navigators. The collegiate mission has had communication specialists in the past, but this particular position is brand new. One of the things I love about this role is that I’ve been tasked with coming up with the vision for the Campus Navs website and its accompanying social media presence. The Campus Navs website is the national-level online home for The Navigators collegiate mission. I was recently asked by a Nav field staff to detail some of my ideas and hopes for this online presence. Today I would like to share some of my response to him with you.
Blog posts on my ministry endeavors with The Navigators at Florida State University and Wildwood Church in Tallahassee.
I think what I love most about this video is I really don’t know any of these students. That sounds weird, but hear me out. That simple fact helps show that discipleship works. I didn’t directly influence any of these students (short of maybe a Nav Night message once or twice) but they’ve been trained up by students who my peers and I did impact. That’s exciting to me.
Thanks to Nastasia Humphries for creating another stellar video for the ministry.
On April 29 the first episode of the new Harvest Film Series was unveiled on harvestseries.tv. The film features Dave Wirgau teaching out of Isaiah 55 on the power of discipleship. It was made by the talented filmmakers at Frame, a Tallahassee-based production company headed up by my friends Bryan Zhang and Patrick Gines, graduates of the prestigious FSU Film School.
I want to tell you the full story behind the project by answering some of the most common questions I’ve been asked.
I’m very proud of the way these two videos turned out. Ever since I first learned that one of the Japanese students who interacted with the 2012 Summer Impact: Japan team was coming to Tallahassee I knew I had an incredible opportunity to capture something really special.
I’ve been the producer of several videos for Florida Navs but I’ve never been as involved with any of them as I was with this one. My director Peter LeVake and I spent hours discussing the story we wanted to tell. The film was edited by Bryan Zhang and colored by Patrick Gines, both of whom did a wonderful job.
The full version was shown at Ignite 2013 this past weekend. I was extremely proud as I watched from the sound booth. It’s an extremely satisfying feeling seeing something you’ve made be received by a live audience.
Each semester I teach at one or more Nav Night meetings for the FSU Navigators. This semester is no exception. I wanted to post the details of my upcoming talks so you could be praying for me as I prepare.
- On Wednesday, October 10 I’m teaching on identity in Christ. I’ve taught this topic more than any other: four times at previous Nav Nights (one was recorded), once at a conference, and once at a men’s retreat. It’s been since April 2011 that I’ve intensely studied the topic in preparation for teaching it, so even though I’m pretty comfortable with the material I’m still going to need to brush up on it. Plus I’d like to add in some new thoughts just to keep things fresh for the older students you have heard me speak on this before.
- On Wednesday, November 14 I get to speak about finding rest. I am very excited to take on this subject, and not just because I’ve never taught specifically on it before. You’ll remember that in January when I gave two talks on idolatry it was especially satisfying for me because God had been teaching me about idols in my life all throughout 2011. Similarly, this year God has been teaching me all about rest. To be able to teach others what I’ve been learning is a real privilege. (This is when it really helps to be great friends with the campus director. He knew I’d love this topic.)
Even though I love what I’m doing with the Florida Navs website this semester I still enjoy teaching at Nav Night more than anything else I do with The Navigators. I can’t wait for these two nights! To think, the first one is less than a month away already.
If you’d like to attend either of these you can. They’ll be in HCB 316. I only have one stipulation. No matter who you are, if you attend one of my talks I expect you to socialize with some of the students there. No one can be a spectator. I hope to see you there.
Watch on Vimeo: Generations — Josh Bayzler
I present to you the fourth episode of Generations, a video series of short documentaries on college students impacted by discipleship. Each of these videos has been created by Bryan Zhang.
I began discipling Josh last fall. A few months earlier he’d asked me to invest in his life, asking if we could focus in on growing in Christ-like character. So many students want to learn skills and facts. The fact that he wanted something far less measurable but of such great importance made the decision to disciple him an easy one. It’s been a really fun experience, one which I think we’ve each grown from.
This is the second time a student I discipled has been featured in one of these videos. It’s very humbling to hear their kind and generous words about my influence on their lives. And it’s a reminder that it’s all worth it. It’s a considerable sacrifice of time and energy, plus you never really know if what you’re doing is really hitting the mark. It’s always a matter of trust I guess: believing the promise in Isaiah to be true, that the words God has spoken through the Bible will not return empty once they’ve gone out. Still, it’s amazing to think that God would do any of this through me.
This is the first time the FSU Navigators have ever made a promo video in preparation for the upcoming fall semester. I think it’s a great way to highlight exactly what the ministry is all about. The students featured (by order of appearance) are Josh Bazyler, Chantale Tshiala, Sammi Feliciani, and Sam Huxford. The video was shot and edited by Bryan Zhang, the man behind the Campus Safari PSAs and the Generations video series.
If you check out the FSU Navigators website you’ll see that the video has been prominently placed on the homepage. It’s our hope that as incoming freshmen and their parents hop on Google looking for a campus ministry to check out in the fall they’ll not only find our website but also watch this video. First impressions mean so much.
I’m on staff with this ministry. If you’re interested in finding out more about what I do with them check out my ministry summary page.
My church created this video describing the basic elements of the Gospel of Jesus, paying special attention to its impact on our identity.
Josh and Kyle are both first-year staff for the FSU Navigators through the EDGE Corps program. This semester they each taught at Nav Night for the first time. Recordings of those talks have been added to the FSU Navigators Podcast. I thought I’d share them with you because they both did such a good job.