Hey students! Welcome to virtual training. We as staff have put together materials that we believe will be helpful for you to: 1. walk with Jesus well, and 2. steward your ministry time to the best of your ability. We are for you! Walk through these training materials in order to be successful this week. Check this page weekly for training updates. The beginning of the semester will be frontloaded. Don’t worry or panic. Take your time, know your limits. Ministry is done best by trusting the Lord and balancing well.
- Walking Well With Jesus
You’ll hear us say it over and over, but this is your top priority! Lets see what J.I. Packer says about Knowing God. Read pages 7-14 in your M.A.P. or follow this link.
M.A.P. TRAINING: FIRST THINGS FIRST
- Who Are We?
When you’re in a family, it’s important to know where you’re from, or your DNA. What makes up Cru? What are we all about? Read pages 70-73 in your M.A.P. or follow this link.
M.A.P. TRAINING: MISSION AND VALUES
- Your Role
As a leader in Cru, you have a lot on your plate! You are in charge of gathering, serving, leading, shepherding, discipling, among many other things. Let’s remind and refresh ourselves of our roles and responsibilities. *Clarification: Ministry Area Leader means MAC’s, CGL’s, Weekly meeting team, etc. Read pages 74-76 in your M.A.P. or follow this link.
M.A.P. TRAINING: YOUR ROLE AS A MINISTRY AREA LEADER
- Getting Your Community Group Started
Community Groups can be intimidating, especially if you are starting with all freshmen. It’s important to remember that returning students that are a part of the Cru movement are important to use as gatherers for your community group, as well as people who can care well for your freshmen or new members. Read pages 112-113 in your M.A.P or follow this link.
M.A.P. TRAINING: GETTING YOUR COMMUNITY GROUP STARTED
VIDEO TRAINING: CREATING A COMMUNITY GROUP WELCOME VIDEO
VIDEO TRAINING: 6 TIPS FOR REGATHERING RETURNING STUDENTS
- New Student Follow Up
You may be wondering how you talk to new students. This document may need to be modified due to our current circumstances, but hopefully by reading it, you will understand the goal of how we follow up with students who fill surveys. Read pages 132-141 in your M.A.P. or follow this link.
M.A.P. TRAINING: NEW STUDENTS FOLLOW-UP
VIDEO TRAINING: HOW TO USE LIFE AND SPIRITUALITY SURVEY
- Choosing a Bible Study
Curious what content you should use for your community? Our staff team has a few options for you to choose from this year. That said, I HIGHLY recommend the COME AND SEE STUDY. It’s great content for the beginning of the year to focus on the person of Jesus and what difference He makes in our lives. I borrowed it from Michigan State and slightly adapted it for our context. I even made some graphics if you want to make and hang posters in the residence halls.
Also, I took some time to think through what a first community group could look like. I wrote a study that is heavy on the relationship building side, but also gives a great starting place for you to get a feel for where people are coming in spiritually. It is listed as “FIRST CG” and you can adapt it for your context.
If you don’t like the Come and See for some reason, listed below are a few more you can choose from. We ask that you do one of the studies we have provided for you. Honestly, y’all don’t have a ton of time to write your own studies anyway, so read over them, make them your own, and enjoy. I’ve personally looked through them all and think they’re incredible. You won’t be disappointed.
- Look Over COVID Procedures
Please help us keep our relationship with the university in good standing, as well as keep everyone safe and healthy. Here are our procedures again. If you have questions, please ask your staff coach about what you should or should not do. It is better to ask before, than to get in trouble after.