So what now?

Exactly one week ago, at the Every Nation Campus 2017 campus conference, 13,000 students representing 33 nations gathered together for three days to be equipped, empowered, and commissioned to be unashamed to preach the gospel in their campuses and, eventually, the world. As Unashamed drew to a close last Friday, these young followers of Jesus went back out into the world.

One week later, what happened to these 13,000? Did they return, on fire like volcanoes, to their campuses and communities, ready to preach the gospel by the power of the gospel and the Holy Spirit? Or did they go back to being matchsticks whose flames have gone out once reality had set in?

While there’s no denying that the conference has left many of us pumped up and ready to preach the gospel, there’s another truth we’ve to face as a campus ministry: we’ve got a lot of work to do.

So what happens after the conference, when the lights have gone off, the confetti fallen, the music stopped, and the crowds gone home? If you’re one of the students who attended the conference, here are three great ideas of what you can do AFTER:

  1. Keep following Jesus.

If you’ve come from the conference and are all-out ready to share the gospel, we invite you to stay connected to the Source. Read your Bible. Connect to a discipleship group, if you haven’t yet. Serve in your campuses or local church. As Aaron Austin said, “God has called us to a life of fullness.” We cannot share what we don’t have, making this the one thing that you cannot miss out on. As you keep following Jesus, you will naturally grow and overflow with the love of Christ. You’ll soon realize how you can’t contain it anymore, and you will supernaturally be able to share it to others.

On the other hand, if you have come from the conference, and are still struggling with certain shameful issues, we want you to know that you aren’t weird or unusual. Healing and restoration may take more time for some, and it is perfectly alright to admit that you need to seek help for it. If this is you, we invite you to talk to a mature leader or a campus missionary who can help guide you through this. Shame is real, and it is an issue that needs to be addressed if we are to keep following Jesus and preaching the gospel.

  1. Pray for your campus and communities.

You can initiate a conversation with the first people you come across on campus. You can start opening up discussions with your friends about Jesus. You can do so many things, but without prayer and relying on the Holy Spirit to lead you, then you will only be depending on your own strength to carry out our mission. And that’s a dangerous thing. So as we engage our campuses and communities, may we never forget the power of prayer and the Holy Spirit. Let’s pray for open doors to preach the gospel with the power of the Holy Spirit.

  1. Talk to a leader or campus missionary on how you could get involved.

If the conference birthed in you a burden to do something for your campus or community, the best people to talk to about it would be either campus ministry leaders or campus missionaries. They too, for sure, went through the same thing, and can tell you the different ways of how you can get involved. Getting involved in our local campus and community will allow us to see the pain, and at the same time, the potential of all it could be by the transformative and saving power of the gospel.

Carol Mkize, one of our conference speakers, captured it when she said, “You don’t need a conference; this is supposed to be a catalyst.” To do the work that has been set out for us, we don’t have to wait for the next campus conference, the next big evangelical leader, or the next conference speaker to be able to rally us to continue in our mission.

The gospel is clear. The gospel is true. There are lost students still out there, communities that are waiting to be transformed. We are saved for an eternal mission on earth, and it is Christ’s love that will compel us to preach the Gospel. With this, it is our hope that Unashamed is not the end, but just the start of us changing the campus, and changing the world. It’s back to business as usual.

Let’s talk. In your own ways, what are you doing to remain connected to Jesus?