Three Reasons to Plant Churches in Your College Town

Summit Life with J.D. Greear | 8/26/2019 | Staff
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Here at the Summit, we have an audacious goal of planting 1,000 churches by 2050. (By God’s grace, we have already planted 298!) One of the most bittersweet realities of planting churches is sending out your best leaders. One of the greatest benefits is getting to learn from them along the way. So we decided to ask some of our Summit Network pastors to give back a little and share some of what God has taught them.

Every Monday throughout the summer, check in here for a dash of wit and wisdom from some of our Summit Network church planters. To find out more about how the Summit Network equips leaders to plant, grow, and multiply gospel-centered churches, visit Next up: Josh Miller!

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The college town my family and I now call home is no metropolis—you can drive from one side to the other in about 15 minutes. But I’m convinced that planting churches in towns like mine is key to seeing spiritual awakening in the 21st century. You might think it rote to hear another pastor talking about why his context is strategic. That’s fair—but I do have a bit of history on my side.

Historically, most spiritual awakenings started on or near a university campus. Luther sparked the Protestant Reformation while a Bible professor at the University of Wittenberg. George Whitefield and John Wesley were the primary leaders of the First Great Awakening in the 18th century, and they met as students at Oxford. Between 1888 and 1938, the Student Volunteer Movement catapulted twenty thousand Christians into overseas missionary service and was birthed out of a college missions conference.

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Historically speaking, if you want to help cultivate spiritual awakening, a college town is one of the best places to be. This is why I’m convinced that denominations and networks should devote...
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