Two weeks ago the second episode of Harvest, the film series on discipleship of which I’m the executive producer, was released to the world. This episode focuses on how discipleship is the vehicle for reaching the nations with the Gospel. It’s taught by Dave Wirgau who uses a little-known tool called the Archer illustration, drawn out on screen, to explain his lesson. Dave discipled me for over four years when I lived in Tallahassee, and I still remember when he first showed me this illustration as a sophomore at FSU.
Yesterday we released an April Fools Day post for CampusNavs.org, the national website for The Navigators collegiate ministry. This year I wrote a spoof on the Topical Memory System (TMS), the tool Navigators use to help them memorize Scripture. The original TMS has 60 verses, each one paired with a topic to help a person recall and use those verses when needed. Memorizing Scripture isn’t an easy discipline, and it’s something I have heard college students lament over for years. So, with that in mind, this year I wrote that the Navs had released a new Scripture memory resource called the Topical Memory System Lite, composed exclusively with the shortest verses in the Bible.
In early 2013 the first episode of the Harvest film series was shot and released. It was designed to be a first-of-its-kind discipleship resource aimed at the current generation of college students who are strongly influenced by visual media. In addition to being available on social networking websites the film has been shown at Navigator weekly meetings on several campuses, in small group Bible studies, and even at summer training programs with over 100 students. Now, thanks to several generous donors, I’m excited to announce that filming for new episodes of Harvest resumed yesterday!
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.
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.