Orientation for New Staff 2012 is a 10 day conference designed to sow a deep seed of InterVarsity’s foundations to be an effective minister. The conference revolved heavily around prayer, deep scriptural studying, evangelism training, understanding and embracing multi-ethnical witnessing communities and networking staff all over the nation, giving them a chance to connect, share and pray for their campuses.
While we were at this conference, we had an evangelism experience where we were went out in twos in Madison where we would use the Who Will You Be Proxe to engage in spiritual conversations.
My family group at Orientation for New Staff
128 InterVarsity staff were sent out for 2 hours and here’s what we saw God do:
Initiated 400 conversations,
Shared the Gospel with 120 people,
Led 12 people to make decisions to follow Christ!
Praise the Lord!
Being at this conference has broken my heart so deeply to create MULTI-ETHNIC witnessing communities. God has given us the gift of ethnicity as a part of his creation and our own identity.
James Choung, National Director for Asian American Ministries for InterVarsity, created this awesome video to capture what we learned about with ethnicity. Check it out!
The ONS Class of 2012 — 127 new staff dispersed throughout the country to serve God’s Kingdom
“Who Will You Be,” is a new campaign and proxe that InterVarsity will be utilizing in the upcoming year to help students engage in conversations about who God is and what he has to do with our identities.
What is a proxe?
A proxe is a supplemental tool that helps InterVarsity staff and students engage in deep spiritual conversations with non-Christians. Students table on campus with the proxe that they feel will be most relevant to their campus.
What will you find at a proxe station?
Proxe stations generally have large banners and panels relating to the main theme that people can dialogue and participate in. One year we had a Proxe called “No Secrets” where students are asked to anonymously post up their deepest, darkest secret. We would then survey them to ask them how it felt to share their secrets and also share how Jesus desires to bring freedom from the darkest secrets.
With the spirit moving before us, with us and after us, we’ve seen this lead to many opportunities to present the Gospel and ask people to commit their lives to Christ.
How does “Who Will You Be” work?
We let students know that we are having conversations about how God and identity relate to one another. We then ask them what nicknames they have received in the past, where they view their identity and how other people view their identity.
We would them ask them to read the story about the prodigal as an example of how the son tried to find his identity and the joy that the father had when he came back.
We point out the fact that Jesus wants us to come back to him to find our identities no matter where we have found our identity before, or even now. This could lead to the presentation of the Gospel and even a decision for Christ.
Once we do the campaign for a week, we will have a large outreach gathering where a speaker will speak on the topic and lead a call to faith.