NHCLC Participates in the National Campus Ministry Leaders Summit
This spring, over 70 senior leaders of 35 campus ministries or related organizations met at the Zacharias Institute for the first-ever National Campus Ministry Leaders Summit (NCMLS). The Rev. Girien Salazar, Deputy Director of the Faith and Education Coalition, represented the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference at the summit.
These leaders were invited to the Summit by Steve Douglass (President, Campus Crusade for Christ International), Tom Lin (President, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship), Doug Nuenke (President, The Navigators), Woody White (President, The Day Foundation), and Ravi Zacharias (Founder and President, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries) for one purpose: to discuss innovative, collaborative ways to reach every campus in the United States with a gospel movement of God.
“When I first heard about the conference, I thought, ‘This is going to be good.’ But let me tell you, after being here [for three days], it’s been great,” said Steve Douglass. “I learned some things about organizations that I did not otherwise know and that I’m going to benefit from in the years to come; I’ve been [working in campus ministry] for almost 50 years, so you might be surprised by that, but it happened.”
[Caption: Steve Douglass (Cru) addresses peer leaders at the Summit]
Douglass said his most significant takeaway, however, were discussions with the participants at the Summit. When it comes to collaboration, both humility and commitment to action are key, Douglass said, both of which were apparent to him among peers at the Summit: “You’ve got to be coming at it in the point of view of unselfish humility. And one of the neat things about this conference has been how much of that I have sensed. In my personal conversations with people, they’ve said ‘Look, whatever I’ve got it’s yours to use.’ I can tell you if that spirit prevails, and I’m sure it will, you will see incredible improvements on college campuses across America.”
The Summit kicked off with a challenging talk from author and global apologist Ravi Zacharias.