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Take Me Back a Year

TAKE ME BACK A YEAR

A year ago, we had no staff and no property in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Today, we have two full-time staff, 50 students preparing to participate this fall, and a viable option to begin construction on an apartment complex.

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Andrew Brill, Director of Discipleship Ministries

“Take me back a year.” That’s how the interview starts with Michael and Caleb—two Lightbearers students at Oklahoma State. The two rising juniors have learned much about Scripture (don’t take verses out of context), living together (deal with conflicts before they become big issues) and missions (we’re part of a local church but also part of the universal church). These are the stories we dream of—connecting students with Jesus, His people and His plan for the ends of the earth.

What about Lightbearers discipleship communities as a whole?

The clarity of our model and method is sharpening as we continue to improve all four elements Lightbearers students commit to.

So what’s different?

  • Community: Improved Training for House Leaders | We now offer our student house leaders an annual retreat, monthly trainings and a staff mentor as they lead their roommates.
  • Institute: Doctrine Applied | We launched a new training class— Theology and Practice—covering theology topics such as “Who is the Holy Spirit?” along with “theology in practice” topics such as “How do I find and serve a local church?”
  • Mentoring: The Year of the Mentor | Our mentors told us they wanted more guidance. So this year, we worked more closely with them, supplying them with a mentor training packet to help mentors and students start the year with Scripture before jumping off in a variety of directions.
  • Missions: Students as Senders | In addition to sending three student teams overseas, we established new ways to keep missions before our students who didn’t travel.

More obvious than any of these changes is our launch at Oklahoma State University. A year ago, we had no staff and no property in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Today, we have two full-time staff, 50 students preparing to participate this fall, and a viable option to begin construction on an apartment complex.

What the future holds

We haven’t “arrived” by any means. We continually seek the Lord for a sustained zeal for this work and wisdom in how to shepherd students, becoming part of more stories like Michael and Caleb’s.

A year ago, Michael and Caleb knew nothing substantive about Lightbearers, and over the course of the year they grew more committed to Christ and more committed to displaying His rule in all areas of life.

They’ll be back next year, ready to learn more of Christ. We pray the future holds more stories like this.

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