Welcome to the Chapter Planting and Stabilization Program for InterVarsity’s Red River Region. This program consists of a few training modules and provides funding after completing specific benchmarks.
The program covers the following topics:
- Casting Vision
- Mapping Relational Networks
- Creating Discipleship Cycles
- Initiating Outreach Events
- Recruiting a Missional Core
- Implementing the WAVE Strategy
- Launching New Small Groups
Matching Grant Information:
In the chart below, notice at each stage there is a Staff Director Benchmark and a Planter Benchmark. These benchmarks work together to bring stabilization to your chapter plant. Both benchmarks must be completed in order to access the matching grant.
|Staff Director Benchmark||Planter Benchmark||Total Grant*|
|#1||Discuss All 4 Training Modules w/ Planter||Complete All 4 Training Modules||$600.00|
|#2||Identify and Train a Volunteer||Recruit Missional Core of 6+ students||$1,000.00|
|#3||Provide On-the-Ground Coaching of Wave Strategy||Implement the Wave Strategy with Missional Core||$1,200.00|
|#4||Recruit Ministry Intern or Planting CSM||Launch Small Groups to Reach 25+ students||$1,200.00|
* Matching grant will be released once the Staff Director and Planter complete their respective benchmark. Staff Director may use the funds at their discretion. It can be split or given solely to one or the other.
This module will teach you how to cast vision to new students that you meet on campus within a 30 second time frame. This training allows you to get to the core of why InterVarsity wants to start a new chapter without being boring or drawn out.
It is essential to draw students into the vision when you start the planting process. Clear vision draws strong student leaders. After casting vision, it is vital to get new students’ contact information in order to follow up. Check out this video for more information.
Please watch the video below and use the following resources:
- Thirty Second Vision Casting Structure (Worksheet)
- Contact Card Examples (Worksheet)
- Chapter Planting Vision Evaluation (Worksheet)
- 5 Layers of Conversational Intimacy (PowerPoint)
- Practice the Art of Significant Conversations (Blog Post)
Campus Assignment #1
Craft your 30 second vision statement. Practice it over and over again. Try it on your friends. Get feedback and adjust. Your vision does not have to be perfect, but it should feel comfortable.
Now, head to campus and engage in significant conversations with every student that you meet! Ensure that you share the 30-second vision and end with an invitation to learn more.
Make sure to create a good contact card and gather information on interested students. Follow-up with these students within the next 24-48 hours. Set up meetings to cast more vision and get to know students better!
This module will teach you and your new students how to use a tool called “Network Maps”. These maps illustrate how you and your new students are connected to places and people all over campus. Essentially, you are mapping out your relationships!
Network maps help you envision the God-given potential in your campus connections. You can see where God might be calling you and your students to go next. God can start something new if you are intentional with your relationships!
Please watch the video below and use the following handouts:
- Why Network Mapping is so Powerful? (Worksheet)
- Where Has God Planted You? (Blog Post)
- Network Map Example (Image)
- Network Map with Threshold Indicators (Handout)
Campus Assignment #2
Draw your own network map. Start with you in the middle. Draw connections to groups, places, and people on campus. Are you connected to a specific ethnic group, student organization, major, and/or greek house, etc.? Draw those connections.
Indicate on your map if people are Missional Christians (MC), pre-Missional Christians (PMC), Skeptics, Seekers, Missional Leaders (ML), etc. — by doing this you are marking which threshold people are in. This will help you see which networks are strategic in order to find partners to help you plant!
Take your map with you to campus. Ask the students that you are meeting to draw network maps with you. Ask them to pray with you. What feels like the “spiritual hotspot” on campus for that student? Ask your student to take the first step to engage these relationships!
This module will teach you how to run tight, on-the-spot, and impactful discipleship cycles with your students. Help your students hear God, respond in faith, and debrief their experiences as they plant a new chapter with you. Be a community following Jesus into mission!
With discipleship cycles, the act of planting not only grows the chapter but it also grows your students’ relationship with Jesus. Use discipleship cycles at any moment with your students. Develop them into world changers!
Please watch the video below and use the following handouts:
- What are the Components of a Discipleship Cycle? (Handout)
- Case Study of a Discipleship Cycle (Video)
- Example of a Discipleship Cycle (Worksheet)
Campus Assignment #3
Choose one of your missional Christians (MCs) and create a discipleship cycle for them such that it will stretch their faith and develop their leadership abilities. Schedule the appointment with your MC, execute the D-Cycle on campus, and then ask them to help you create more MCs.
With your MC, choose one of your pre-Missional Christians (PMCs), and create another discipleship cycle that will help the PMC take a small risk toward being a MC. Schedule the appointment with your PMC, execute the D-Cycle on campus, and then celebrate!
Continue to apply D-Cycles with your MCs and PMCs. Before you know it, you will be transforming PMCs into MCs, and MCs into MLs (missional leaders)! You will plant a lasting chapter with more MCs and MLs!
This module will teach you how to keep a strong culture of invitation and evangelism within your planting efforts. If you stay too focused on your current group of students, then you will miss the opportunity to invite more students to meet Jesus and be a part of your new community. Stay outward focused!
There are many styles of evangelism that are conducive to planting. Be sure to try the style that best suits your campus. Along with D-cycles, participating in outreaches will transform pre-Missional Christians (PMCs) into Missional Christians (MCs). Continue to develop more MCs by engaging in outreach and evangelism often!
Please listen to the audio below and use the following handouts:
Campus Assignment #4
Choose one of your missional Christians (MCs) and take the evangelism style survey with him/her. Identify which style is best. Then create a simple, on-the-fly, evangelism experience for you and the student. It could be as simple as serving someone on campus, starting a spiritual conversation, or as dynamic as praying for healing.
With your MC, recruit other MCs and PMCs to take the evangelism style survey. Identify which style is best together. Pray that God would bring genuine seekers and skeptics into your community! Then go out and engage the campus with a simple outreach activity. This exercise will help your students engage in more risk-taking, and develop them into MCs and MLs.
Your missional core is your main group of students that are helping you plant the chapter on campus. This group is constantly growing and changing. It is not an exclusive group. You invest much of your time and energy into this group.
You grow your missional core through casting vision, gathering students, executing d-cycles, and conducting outreach. In each instance, you want to invite students to commit to the core. This core gathers together weekly to gain more vision and momentum
Continue to grow this core group to 6 (or more) students. The more missional students involved in your core, the better! Slowly, you will no longer be the main planter, this core will become the “collective planter” on campus.