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02 Church Life


The local church is key to every believer’s growth. Navigating church-life in a Baptist context is especially essential to each BSM Director’s personal growth and example to students. Also, as a BSM Director, the relationship with the Association of Baptist churches supporting the ministry is critical in order to continue the ministry on campus. The goal is to develop a healthy personal church-life, lead students into local church involvement and serve the churches that provide support to the local BSM.

Biblical Basis

The Givens

  • Pace Setter - Engaging in the life of Associations, Churches, Pastors, Staff on a consistent, monthly basis. Minimum of 2 face to face visits and 3 other contacts not including luncheon servers. 
  • Spiritual Focus - Require student leaders in the active participation with a local church, with strong emphasis on Baptist Churches. 
  • Equipping - Assist churches to engage the college campus. 
  • Incarnational - Participate in the life of your local church with family and/or friends serving as their missionary to the campus.

Resources for BSM Staff

  1. Ginger Bowman is our Texas BSM Church Life SpecialistShe is here to help local churches build and grow their college ministries. Whether it's connecting church leaders in networking opportunities, suggesting resources for Bible studies, or helping you know how to encourage and support the local church college ministries in your area, Ginger wants to help you connect students with local churches.
  2. Tasks for New Workers
  3. Reading
  4. Help Church Leaders Connect their Graduating High School Seniors to BSM
  5. Church Shopping by Ginger Bowman
  6. Connecting Students & Churches: Welcome Week by Nick Howard
  7. Connecting with Churches… Not Just About Luncheons by Nick Howard
  8. Connecting with the Local Church by Ginger Bowman 
  9. How do you find a church at college? by David McDurham
  10. How to Teach & Encourage Your Students to Join a Local Church by Brenda Sanders
  11. Staying in Constant Communication with Local Churches by Wayne Dillen

Resources for Local Church College Ministry

  1. Ginger Bowman is our Texas BSM Church Life SpecialistShe is here to help local churches build and grow their college ministries. Whether it's connecting church leaders in networking opportunities, suggesting resources for Bible studies, or helping you know how to encourage and support the local church college ministries in your area, Ginger wants to help you connect students with local churches.
  2. www.txcollegechurch.org
  3. College Ministry 101
  4. College Ministry Strategy
  5. Incoming Freshmen
  6. 7 Deadly Sins of College Sunday School
  7. Bridging the Gap Between Youth and College by Joyce Ashcraft 
  8. Creating Great Group Times - Ministry with Collegiates by Joyce Ashcraft
  9. Developing Your Local Church College Ministry by Joyce Ashcraft
  10. Fertile Soil for Growing a College Ministry by Ginger Bowman
  11. How do you find a church at college? by David McDurham
  12. Starting a College Ministry in Your Church by Ginger Bowman
  13. Starting a College Ministry in Your Church Presentation by Joyce Ashcraft



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