Looking Back With Gratefulness
It is hard for me to believe, but this fall marked the beginning of our 12th year of ministry to Kansas City college students. It was the fall of 2007 that a core team of students, graduates, and ministry leaders launched Impact Ministries at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Our aim was to see a Baptist ministry bringing the gospel to the 15,000+ UMKC students and making disciples of Jesus who go on to make more disciples. Over the years this ministry has touched countless lives with the good news of Jesus, more than we even know or realize. We have seen students come to know Jesus, overcome sin, meet and marry their spouses, disciple others, and more. Many of these individuals have moved on to other parts of the city, the country, and the world. Some have gone to become core team members for church plants. Some have gone to launch and lead new ministries at existing churches. Some have spent time as overseas missionaries. They are taking with them the seeds God planted in their lives during their time with Impact, and we trust He will bear great fruit from them. To lead Impact Ministries has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. And now God is working in even greater ways!
A few years ago, God began lifting my eyes to see beyond UMKC to the other colleges in the Kansas City area. On each of these 13 campuses are students who are making some of the biggest decisions of their lives in a time when they are inundated with the worldviews of their peers and professors, all the while lacking connections to communities of believers. With over 60,000 college students in the city, the harvest truly is plentiful, and I am praying for more laborers! Last spring we launched a new ministry, Collegiate Impact. Collegiate Impact is a network of gospel laborers who care about these college students. We envision a day when the Kingdom of God saturates every corner of our college campuses. The mission driving our ministry is simple: bring the gospel to every Kansas City collegiate, make disciples, connect students to local churches, and equip these to be gospel laborers who make more disciples.
Continued Partnership Opportunities
Since launching Collegiate Impact we’ve connected with several KC area churches who share our desire for ministering to these students. We welcome more churches to join us in this effort. I invite you to check out our new website and/or to email me ([email protected]) to learn more about partnering with our ministry. BRKC, you have been with us from the start. It is because of God’s grace along with your faithful partnership in this ministry that we can celebrate life transformation at UMKC and beyond. Thank you so much for your support and for continuing to support this vital ministry.
This article was originally published in the 2018 Book of Reports.