Where We Serve
After 20 years of ministry, Steve and Berna felt a call to spend the next chapter of their lives as missionaries, assuming that would mean leaving the community they had come to love. As God’s plan began to unfold, it became very apparent that the “mission field” they were called to was not “over there”, but “right here.” With more than 30,000 college students here in Springfield, and more than 600 international students, representing more than 80 foreign countries the doors opened for Steve and Berna to begin The Potter’s House. The Potter’s House officially opened the doors in November 2000. What began with about 20 college students meeting weekly in their home, Potter’s House has grown to more than 800 students walking through the doors of Potter’s House every week. Students from all across the USA, and around the world looking for a place to meet friends, make new friends, have some great coffee and smoothies, and occasionally study, have found a “home away from home” at Potter’s House.
“We had no business going into the coffeehouse business, but the more I thought about it the more it made sense in a counterintuitive sort of way. After all, Jesus didn’t just hang out at the synagogue. He hung out at wells, and wells were the natural gathering places in ancient culture. One day it dawned on me that coffeehouses are postmodern wells. The only difference is that we draw shots of espresso instead of drawing water out of a well. So the dream of creating a postmodern well where our church and community could cross paths was born…”
– The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson
Destinations is a coffee house with a unique story to tell. In 2009, an auto shop was renovated into what Destinations
The goal of Sparrow Specialty Coffee (Manhattan, KS) is to connect people with the love of Christ. There are many misconceptions about the church and Christians in today’s world. Sparrow strives to show love to each and every person that comes into the shop. A cup of coffee is one of the best conversation starters. One of the main reasons for launching the coffee house was to reach out to students at K-State.
Sparrow is under the umbrella of the Kansas District Church of the Nazarene but has local ties with the Manhattan Church of the Nazarene. Steve and Shari Myers and Lyle and Kay Markey oversee the coffee shop and its operations.
In 2009, a new ministry at the University of Cincinnati launched by way of a partnership with the Southwestern Ohio District Church of the Nazarene and the CCO (www.ccojubilee.org). As a result, Chris Bean was appointed as a full-time campus minister at Cincinnati and the Journey began…literally. “Journey” is the main fellowship of students which meet weekly at the Edge House, a Lutheran-owned ministry space which is shared by 3 separate campus ministries.
Over the past 8 years, Chris has paired coffee with campus ministry and developed a unique environment of hospitality and discipleship where students are transformed so that they can then transform the world.
More recently, Chris has begun to connect with students and even some faculty over at The 86 Club. 86 Club Ministries runs the 86 Coffee Bar & Concert venue where hundreds of UC students hangout every week.
Along with the weekly fellowship group (Journey) and Chris’ one-one-one discipling connections with students, there are new groups and ideas on the horizon for this ministry. A student organization focused on Speciality Coffee will launch in the Fall of 2016 which will engage many more students with the mission of The 86 Club, the CCO, and Pneuma Coffee. Pneuma is a coffee roasting business started this past year to help provide funding as well as new coffee initiatives like service-learning trips to countries like Guatemala so that students can serve in our coffee-producing communities and make a difference in the lives of the families who provide the coffee we serve in Cincinnati.
A “conversation cafe” was also launched in the Fall of 2016 for students who want to engage in dialogue around issues of faith, science, and culture. The goal is to provide a safe space for students to wrestle with the religious deconstruction many students are experiencing while helping them to reconstruct an authentic faith based on the Gospel.
The University of Cincinnati has a great community of campus ministries that are making a difference in the lives of hundreds of students. The CCO and the Church of the Nazarene are glad to be partnering together to transform college students to transform the world.
The Nazarene Student Center, Led by Andy Bolerjack, exists to serve and build relationships with the University of Oklahoma community, its students, faculty, and staff. We journey with students through their college years with mentorships, small groups, and outreach opportunities.
The Nazarene Student Center can be found online at OUNSC.org or on various social media platforms by searching @theounsc (Facebook, Twitter, and IG)
The campus ministry to The University of Tulsa is led by Pastor Dianna Lynn Potter. Sponsored by the Northeast Oklahoma District, Dianna ministers to the university’s diverse student body made up of international students from 79 countries (representing over 1/4 of the student body). Dianna also serves as Volunteer District Campus Liaison and is passionate about helping churches become aware of the opportunities God has brought to their front door with college campuses, international students, and immigrants.
Founded by the Presbyterian Church, the University of Tulsa maintains a chapel that is the starting place for all ministries seeking entrance to the campus.
Partnerships with a Tulsa based International Student Ministry, the Wesley Foundation, and Presbyterian events and activities assist in meeting new students and building impactful relationships. In addition, a consistent presence in the student union has proven to be a great way to minister to and pray with students.
Developed by Pittsburg Church of the Nazarene and led by Age Daugherty, Overflow is designed to grow young adults as they begin to live out their faith in a personal way. Overflow provides a laid back and relaxed environment for college students to bring their doubts and questions as the gospel is discussed in a real, relevant way.
The Homestead, a former house now hangout/worship space next door to Pittsburg Church of the Nazarene, provides a convenient place for Pittsburg State University students to relax, do homework, and build meaningful
The Gathering is a ministry of Melbourne First Church of the Nazarene. Designed with university students and young adults in mind — The Gathering is a place of hospitality and faith. Multicultural, casual, and faith-focused – at The Gathering students experience music, food, friendships and an opportunity to explore the teachings and the ways of God.
The EMD Campus Ministry is focused on helping college students of Washtenaw County, MI grow in their relationship with the Lord and discover their place in the Kingdom of God.
Ben Strait is the Campus Ministry Director and seeks to facilitate Spiritual growth in the students on the district. EMD’s Campus Ministry goals are to continue connecting with district churches, growing support and awareness of the ministry, working directly with students, and finalizing more of the behind-the-scenes admin stuff so they have a solid foundation going forward. They would love to see the students connecting and making intentional steps in their deepening walks with Christ, as well as seeing some student-led ministries develop.
Please reach out to Ben (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you know of any students attending college & university campuses in the area (including, but not limited to U of M in Ann Arbor, EMU, Washtenaw Community College, Concordia, etc).
The campus ministry at these two campuses in Central California is under the direction of Rev. Daniel Glaeser, who splits his time between the Parish (Atwater First Church of the Nazarene) and the campus as a Campus Staff Minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
Having a foot in both the church and campus world, Dan works to bring places of partnership between the two. Within his District context, there is an effort to educate local churches on the ways that they can come alongside para-church campus ministries to be a presence on campus, without having to create a whole campus strategy alone. Within his campus context, Dan works with his student leaders to be aware of the ways the local church can be supportive of evangelistic and discipleship activities that are bigger than what students alone can do.
Bridging the gap between the campus and the parish helps both worlds accomplish the mission of Christ together, better and more effectively.