Posted by: naccm | November 12, 2009

Thursday3 :: CCF @ Appalachian State University

Website Photo 18_Page_1_Image_0001Tell us about your ministry and campus.

Campus Christian Fellowship @ Appalachian State was started in 1992 by several alumni of CSF at nearby East Tennessee State University.  ASU, once a regional teachers’ college in northwest North Carolina, is now a major university of 15,000 students from across the state and surrounding states.  CCF currently has a group of approximately 80 students.  We meet weekly on campus in a concert venue owned by the university and seek to be very creative within our meetings.  An IDEA Team, made up of staff and students, meets each week to seek how best to facilitate the theme of the evening.  We also put a major emphasis on small groups, prayer, and outreach, including both in-country and overseas mission trips.  We train potential leaders through a six-week discipleship group and they have opportunities to lead (or co-lead) a small group or a servant team, based on their giftedness and passions.  Currently, we have nine small groups and six servant teams.

What is your niche on campus, and how have you gone about reaching that niche?Website Photo 5_Page_1_Image_0001

CCF is known on campus as having a very strong sense of community.  A major part of our emphasis in training up leaders is the pouring out of your life into other people, spending 1-1 time with them, loving and caring for them.  As a result, students are feeling accepted and valued.  We also emphasize outreach being accomplished less through events and more through the building of relationships with those who are not followers of Jesus, and encourage students to reach out to others in their dorms, classes, and places of work.  As a result, we see new faces throughout the school year.

What is your dream on a napkin? What do want CCF to look like in five years?

Website Photo 3_Page_1_Image_0001I dream of an increasing number of students on our campus exchanging their religiosity (we minister in the Bible Belt) for an authentic and growing relationship with Jesus.  And then for them to have a transformative impact within their spheres of influence both while in school and after graduation because they themselves have been and are being transformed.

In five years, I hope we are doing much the same thing but even better.  I hope CCF will be known on campus and in the community as a group of students who really love Jesus and are serious about following Him.  And I hope we will have support enough to adequately pay all our staff, instead of everyone having to raise most of their salaries.

Staff of CCF @ Appalachian State University

Jim Musser                        Senior Campus Minister   Contact :: email :: blog

Ed Ponton                        Associate Men’s Campus Minister

Danielle Adkison            Associate Women’s Campus Minister

Marianna Musser            Part-Time Women’s Campus Minister

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Responses

  1. Great post!

    Jim, I’m curious if you find students inside the Bible belt different than those outside. Are they (those inside) more or less willing to share their religiosity with other students on campus?

    Thanks for all you do!

    Joe Blanchard

    • Joe,

      Thanks for the question. I do find the students different here in NC than the students I worked with at KU. While there was no shortage of religiosity there, my experience was students who wanted to party or live a worldly life didn’t come around very often and certainly did not pursue leadership in our ministry. My first two years at ASU were a struggle with students who were faithful attendees every week and partiers on the weekend, including a number of leaders.

      Because we had such a large group back then (over 200) and only myself on staff, I didn’t know a lot of the students well. I did an application and interview process for prospective leaders and what I found in retrospect was a number of them gave all the right answers, but they were living dual lives. That is why we instituted a six-week discipleship course for prospective leaders in order to help them understand what it truly means to follow Jesus and in the process evaluate their lives and fitness for leadership. As a result, we have a much more effective and committed leadership.

      As to the religious students reaching out to others, many do. They want to have their friends and others involved, which is fine with me because our goal is to help them understand and experience having a true relationship with Jesus. The more, the merrier! We just now make sure as best we can that they do not become leaders.


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