Historically, Campus Outreach has staffed smaller campuses that are strategic for ministry. A typical large university has anywhere from 25 to 40 religious organizations on campus, and smaller schools often have not been targeted by these ministries. The schools we target have significantly fewer religious organizations, so focusing on these campuses has proven to be an effective way to reach students with the Gospel.
Relationship with the Church
Campus Outreach also believes in a strong relationship with the church. Each regional ministry is under the authority and leadership of a local church body, which provides a crucial source of accountability, leadership and resources. Staff members and students of campus ministries in other cities and towns become involved in local churches.
Campus Outreach has found that the most effective way to grow big is by staying small. Campus Outreach is actually made up of 26 independent "franchises" throughout the world. Once a franchise grows large enough, it launches new staff members to a new campus in another location. From there, Campus Outreach seeks out a local church to "adopt" Campus Outreach as its college ministry. Once a church agrees and after a period of testing and transition, the new host church assumes all authority and oversight for that franchise. In essence Campus Outreach is a collection of the 26 college ministries of individual churches which share a common vision and strategy but with no central headquarters or central authority.
We believe the best spiritual training takes place in the context of relationships. Rather than relying on a program or Bible-study curriculum, we emphasize the importance of life-on-life relationships - one individual sharing his life with another.
Discipleship has always been the very heartbeat of the ministry philosophy. Just as Christ chose twelve men who turned the world upside down, we believe that investing in a few faithful individuals can impact hundreds or even thousands of lives.
Definition of Discipleship
"Discipling others is the process by which a Christian with a life worth emulating commits himself for an extended period of time to a few individuals who have been won to Christ, the purpose being to aid and guide their growth to maturity and equip them to reproduce themselves in a third spiritual generation." -From Discipleship, Allen Hadidian
"And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others." II Timothy 2:2