Greg has served as the Minister to University Students at First Baptist Church in Plainview for three years. Prior to that Greg served as a Youth Minister for 22 years, the last 15 of those years at First Baptist Church in Tulia. We asked him to share with us a little about his ministry to college students.
Why do you do college ministry? What motivates you to minister to students?
I do college ministry because I love working with students and God has given me a passion for them. I am motivated by the fact that these college students represent the new generation of missionaries, ministers, and lay people, and the possibilities in teaching them and equipping them are exciting.
What are some characteristics of your context that inform how you lead your church in ministry to collegiates?
Plainview is not a large town, about 22,000 residents. But we have an on campus population of students at Wayland of about 1200. Of the 1200 students a little over half are athletes, so for the first time, athletes out number traditional students. On any given Sunday, only about 150 to 175 students on campus actually attend a church service. Given all that, Wayland has become a huge mission field right in our back yard. We do as much as we can to get Students to grace our doors. We serve pancakes every Sunday morning before Sunday school. We have adult Sunday school classes sponsor a lunch and eat lunch with our students to try and connect them, and we provide free laundry in our family life center as well as a place to study and relax.
Do you have a favorite college ministry resource right now?
I have used some of Tim Elmore’s books (find them here at GrowingLeaders.com) and we have used Lifeway’s Gospel Project. We now are using Explore the Bible, by Lifeway. Find Lifeway’s Collegiate resources here.
What are you praying for your ministry in 2015?
I continue to pray for an awakening on the Wayland Baptist Campus. There are so many new students who do not have a relationship with Christ, and God has been moving. I pray for the continued moving of the Spirit of God and for those who are Christians to get serious about their relationship with Christ.
Would you pray for Greg Northcutt and the college ministry at FBC Plainview today?
We want to build a network of college ministry leaders around our state. We hope that articles like the Ministry Profiles will help you connect with other college ministry leaders and provide encouragement and insight to help you do ministry where you are. Let us know if you have a resource or story you would like to share. We would love to hear from you!
Need help with your church college ministry? Contact Ginger Bowman, College Church Specialist, Texas Baptist Collegiate Ministry firstname.lastname@example.org.