Helping Local Churches Engage in International Student Ministry (ISM)

Impact for Your Church

If your church doesn’t want to impact nations in need of the gospel message of Christ, stop reading here! Massive numbers of international students and scholars are among us on nearby campuses. Who are they? With such large numbers of international students on US soil, there is a corresponding need for people from local churches to welcome them and share the love of Christ with these visitors.

At China Outreach Ministries (COM) our vision includes local churches, both inside and outside of China, being enriched and encouraged by the conversions, testimonies, and service of these students, scholars, and professionals. And, we value cooperation—we collaborate and develop teams with like-minded individuals, organizations, and churches, encouraging North Americans and Chinese to work together.

Hear Bethel Community Church’s pastor share about their experience!

Sessions COM Offers to Help Churches

To help evangelical churches engage the global outreach opportunity of international student ministry (ISM), China Outreach Ministries (COM) offers:

COM can meet with your local church or group of churches to cast vision for international student ministry, share what you need to know, and give how-to’s for mobilizing, or further mobilizing, in the strategic work of ISM. This adaptable and interactive training session can be delivered in a small group context or a larger, classroom-style setting.
COM can meet with key church leaders to investigate mobilizing, or further mobilizing, in the strategic work of international student ministry. This session explores your church’s DNA and unique opportunities, gives reasons for and benefits of engagement, and provides helpful information about reaching international students nearby. The consult is dialogue-orientated and can be held through a video conference lasting about 90 minutes.

Sessions are led by COM’s Director of Volunteer and Church Engagement, Beau Miller, and include research-based content and success factors from churches effectively-mobilized in ISM. Dr. Miller served for thirteen years as International Pastor at Briarwood Presbyterian Church, PCA in Alabama and five years as Executive Director of the Association of Christians Ministering Among Internationals (ACMI). He completed a dissertation at Columbia International University (CIU) on the topic of How Local Churches Mobilize to Evangelize and Equip Nearby International Students.

If you’d like more information or to discuss how your church could engage, let’s talk!