Who We Are
We Are an International Ministry
Campus Outreach, founded in 1978 by Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama, is a network of interdenominational ministries targeting strategic college campuses in the United States and throughout the world. The vision of Campus Outreach is "Glorifying God by building laborers on the campus for the lost world.” LEAD is the bridge between the campus and the lost world and works to advance Campus Outreach international movements around the globe.
That Builds Through Local Churches
One of Campus Outreach’s core values is the priority and significance of the local church. To that end, each Campus Outreach location works closely with and comes under the authority of a local “hub” church. This partnership proves to be vital as we aim to contextualize each ministry to that location’s culture and context on the university campus.
To Impact Individual Lives for Eternity
Our desire is to see students experience a relationship with the Lord and be trained and equipped to help those around them do the same. We believe the best way to achieve this is through a Biblical model of evangelism and life-on-life discipleship. LEAD Staff have the opportunity to directly invest in the leaders of tomorrow by developing close relationships with tomorrows leaders by building close relationships with students and pointing them towards Christ.
LEAD is also a world-class leadership development experience, with custom training curriculum and experiences to produce Christ-like, globally minded leaders who are prepared to labor for a lifetime.
Global Impact, Personal Growth
We believe that the best way to make a lasting, global impact is to invest in individual lives. This plays itself out both on the campus as LEAD Staff minister to students, but also in their own lives as they develop into laborers equipped for the long haul. Below are four goals that we aim to see each LEAD Staff accomplish during their experience.
How You Fit In
We have big dreams for what God will continue to do through Campus Outreach and the LEAD program. We truly believe that there is a plentiful harvest on university campuses around the world and that there are a multitude of thriving local churches we could partner with to reach them. The only gap between growing from where we are to where we feel the Lord is calling us to go is more laborers seeing the Gospel need around the world and stepping out in faith to personally be a part of the solution.
There are so many stories of people feeling God’s call to be a LEAD Staff and having life shaping experiences. From laboring for two hard years to see one guy student in an unreached nation come to faith in Christ to seeing a dozen new believers raised up as leaders on their campus and in the future, God shows up in big ways when you take big leaps for Him. Even for yourself, the ripple effects of engaging in a different culture and developing as a leader in a context like LEAD could alter the trajectory of your life. God is writing an incredible story through LEAD. What will your chapter say?
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