“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20-
“Then he (Jesus) said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’” Matthew 9:37-38-
These passages are the focus of our annual Laborers Conference. Every year we invite our student leaders and those they are discipling for a two day conference focused on laboring for Christ. Our goal is to help students understand that we as Christians are called to be workers in the harvest field for a lifetime. Not just in college or on a short term mission trip but a lifetime. We stress the importance of sharing Christ with others, disciple them one on one, as well as providing them tools and training they need to lead their ministries on their campus.
Our guest speaker Ben Nugent spoke to our students on three separate occasions communicating the need to: Make Jesus Lord, deny yourself and take up your cross, to have compassion and meet the needs (both physical and spiritual) of the people around them, and pray for more laborers. The message was supplemented by workshops where our students were taught practical tools that are helpful in laboring in college and beyond (How to Answer Hard Questions, Developing a Missional Community, 1-to-1 Discipleship, Time Management, How to Handle Conflict, etc.). We wrapped up the weekend with campus discussions where our students processed what they had heard and learned.
What Students Had To Say:
“ I've never felt like I’m good enough to be a disciple and I’ve let that be an excuse. Isaiah 60 has encouraged me and helped me realize that I don’t have to be trained to be a disciple!”
“I don’t have to go out of my way to share Christ. I can invite people into my life and do everyday things with them and share the Gospel with them as the opportunities come!”
Thank you for your prayers and support! It is a privilege to partner with you in raising laborers at the University of Northern Colorado!
Ben lives in Greeley, CO and works with college students at the University of Northern Colorado.