March 01, 2016

A How-to Survival Guide for Election Season

Matt Meyer
Survival guide for election season

It’s here, and unless you plan on spending the next nine months hiding under a rock (which might seem like a tempting option at times), there is no escaping it.

February 25, 2016

3 Tips for Finding Community

Julia Powers
Finding community

Finding community can be just as arduous a journey as finding Nemo.


InterVarsity Seeks Urbana Director

February 24, 2016

For Immediate Release

(Madison, WI) – InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s triennial Urbana Student Missions conference will have new leadership when Urbana 18 takes place in St. Louis, Missouri, in December 2018. Tom Lin, InterVarsity vice president and director of missions, has announced the search for a new Urbana director.

Lin and his predecessor, Jim Tebbe, both held the job of Urbana director and director of missions simultaneously. But at other times in the past, the two jobs have been separated. “Global and generational transitions have created new opportunities in missions,” Lin said. “We want to bring increased creativity, spiritual leadership, and cross-cultural savvy to meet this God-given opportunity. A full-time director will enable Urbana to innovate new ways to mobilize this ethnically diverse student generation to give their whole lives to God’s global mission.”

APRIL 24-30

April 24 - Pray for the chapter planting work that Jenna Garrison is doing at Monmouth University in New Jersey. Three new Bible studies have formed among athletes on campus. Pray that God uses them to draw many people into relationship with himself.
April 25 - At Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, every InterVarsity small group currently has one person attending who has not yet professed faith in Jesus. Pray that each of these students would encounter the living God and give their lives to him.
April 26 - At York College in Pennsylvania, many student leaders are graduating after this semester. Pray that the Lord would give current freshmen and sophomore students a vision for servant leadership and that they would step up to the challenge of taking on new responsibilities.

APRIL 17-23

April 17 - Pray for InterVarsity chapters at schools where campus access remains an issue. Pray especially for Greg Jao, our vice president of campus engagement—that as he meets with university leaders he would effectively communicate the value of InterVarsity’s ministry.
April 18 - At Washington University in St. Louis, MO, several key student leaders in their Graduate & Faculty Ministries chapter are graduating. Pray for strength for the rising student leaders who will take on new responsibilities.
April 19 - InterVarsity Press has a new publisher -- Jeff Crosby. Please pray for wisdom and direction for Jeff as he begins this new work, as well as grace and blessing for Bob Fryling as he retires after many years of faithfully serving with InterVarsity and IVP.

APRIL 10-16

April 10 - Thank God for the InterVarsity chapters in the San Diego area as they look to plant 100 new small groups throughout North County. Ask the Lord to empower students to be bold in inviting people to join and in making disciples of those who attend.
April 11 - Today and tomorrow, Maria Finkbiner, a staff member in the Pacific region, is co-directing Mixed 2016, a regional conference for biracial and mixed students. Pray that the conference would encourage those students who are exploring their multiethnic identities.
April 12 - Praise the Lord for his overwhelming answers to prayer in the International Student Ministry chapter at Gainesville’s University of Florida. God has been faithful to answer consistent petitions for this group—join us in thanking him.


April 3 - Graduate & Faculty Ministries is looking for campus staff members and area directors throughout the U.S. Ask God to provide many new staff members who have a heart for graduate students and faculty and are passionate about reaching them with the Gospel.
April 4 - Several New England area staff members are in important stages of fund development for their ministries. Pray for diligence as they continue their ministry partnership work.
April 5 - Thank the Lord that the Black Campus Ministries chapter at Chico State University in California has grown! Ask God to give the leaders discernment on how to multiply this group and empower new leaders to witness to even more students.


March 27 - Campus staff member Evan Smith is transitioning back into ministry at York College in Pennsylvania after a six-month sabbatical. Pray that he and his student leaders would relearn how to work together and grow increasingly Christlike in their leadership.
March 28 - Many new International Student Ministry small groups have started this semester around the country. Ask God to use them to declare his love for the nations by leading many international students to hear and respond to the Gospel.
March 29 - Pray that InterVarsity students at the University of Florida in Gainesville would rely on the strength and joy of the Lord this semester. Specifically pray for the student leaders of the chapter as they work together for the sake of Jesus.

MARCH 20-26

March 20 - Pray for Samantha and Ian, two students at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania who have started a small group in a freshman dorm that has been difficult to reach in the past. Ask God to bless their efforts to share his love and salvation with their peers.
March 21 - InterVarsity staff in Kentucky and Tennessee meet today to pray and plan for the next steps in their ministries. Pray for senior area director Eric Peterson as he leads the team, and for the staff to be physically and spiritually refreshed.
March 22 - Pray for new student leaders at Russell Sage College in Troy, NY, as this semester nears its midpoint. Ask the Lord to give them spiritual vitality when the excitement of a new semester and new small groups can fade.

MARCH 13-19

March 13 - It’s spring break for many colleges. Pray that students make wise decisions and exalt Christ with their witness away from school. For those students participating in service or missions trips on their break, pray that “the work of their hands” brings glory to God.
March 14 - Ask the Holy Spirit to provide stability and growth to the new chapter being planted at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.
March 15 - Pray for student leaders at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania to grow in faith and influence, so that they can impact the world for God’s kingdom in major ways.
March 16 - Lisa Jacob serves as an InterVarsity campus staff member at the University of Texas at Dallas. Ask God to give wisdom and guidance as the chapter there seeks to apply what God teaches them within their campus context.

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