"Our hope was that all who participated would realize that we are partners, not competitors, in the effort to reach the campus for Christ."
"These times of worship and prayer reminded those present that despite our differing ministry affiliations, we have all been saved by the same God, and are all his children, members of the same holy family."
"All those attending joined together for times of corporate, small group, and individual prayer that were punctuated by worship songs whose theme fit with the topic of prayer that had just been offered."
On the evening of March 7th, Cornerstone’s college ministry hosted a joint worship and prayer night on the campus of California State University Long Beach. Planning for this event began back in the summer of 2018 and involved leaders from various campus ministries. The goal of this event was to gather the various Christian groups on campus for a night of worship and prayer that would show the unity we have in Christ. Our hope was that all who participated would realize that we are partners, not competitors, in the effort to reach the campus for Christ. In carrying out the night of worship, we also found that the worship and prayer was more than a worthy goal in and of themselves.
Our brothers and sisters in the Navigators ministry partnered with us so that we were able to host the event in The Beach Auditorium, which is on campus in the lower level of the Student Union. The night opened up with the worship team from Cornerstone’s Sunday night service leading a packed room in a wonderful time of worship. Students from various campus ministries joined together with one another to lift up their praise as one body of believers. Right at the beginning Duane DenBoer led a short devotional on unity in love and purpose. After this, all those attending joined together for times of corporate, small group, and individual prayer that were punctuated by worship songs whose theme fit with the topic of prayer that had just been offered. Each time of prayer was led by ministry staff from the various campus ministries like CRU, Navigators, Destino, Asian American Christian Fellowship (AACF), InterCP (a ministry for international students), and our own College Ministry staff.
These times of worship and prayer reminded those present that despite our differing ministry affiliations, we have all been saved by the same God, and are all his children, members of the same holy family. We all seek to worship him and to bring him more worship by reaching not only our local campuses with the gospel, but also the world as these students go forth after graduation. We are called to stand together in this purpose, not as competitors trying to win souls to fill our membership rosters, but as partners simply wanting to bring souls from death unto life. In prayer, love and support we hope to genuinely present ourselves as a united front in a mission field that can be so dark and discouraging. Beyond our hopes, the Holy Spirit filled the room with just that spirit, and seemed to increase the strength and encouragement as the night went on. By the end of the night many of the students were asking that we have that sort of event more often, and we on the college ministry staff here at Cornerstone agree.
Thank you all for your prayers in support of this ministry, and please continue to pray as we hope to host this sort of event twice a year to strengthen the campus ministries. We hope to encourage a dependence on prayer and further interaction and partnerships on campus. Some of the campus ministries coordinated a time of outreach the following week completely on their own initiative, which has given us the hope that in the future there will be more unified outreach on the campus that is fully prayed up ahead of time, resulting in a powerful movement of God on the CSULB campus.