Throughout history, movements have published manifestos to encapsulate and communicate their mission. Most movements’ manifestos have failed and been forgotten. Others, like the Communist Manifesto, and the Humanist Manifesto, have literally changed the world.
Several decades ago, Rice Broocks penned the Campus Manifesto, stating the reasons we must reach the campus.
Here’s an updated version of Every Nation’s Campus Manifesto, which has the potential to change the world:
1. The future leaders of society are on our campuses.
It doesn’t matter which nation we’re talking about: their future leaders are on college and university campuses. Virtually all world’s presidents, prime ministers, senators, members of parliaments, bankers, lawyers, judges, teachers, doctors, and business leaders have passed through the college and university system. In other words, the campus is where we find the future influencers in every critical aspect of a nation’s culture.
2. Major movements, good and bad, start on the campus.
Whether it’s spiritual revival or political revolution, the campus is the birthplace of change. Marxism, atheism, feminism, and practically every other “ism” that has spread around the world, at one time, was a tiny seed on the university campus.
3. The majority of people who become Christians do so as students.
Countless studies, both formal and informal, continue to confirm that most who surrender to Christ do so before their twenty-fifth birthday. How many of you reading this book responded to the Gospel before you were twenty-five?
4. International students impact their nations.
International students represent the top one percent of students in their home nations. They’re lining up at embassies around the world to secure visas to study in the UK, the USA, the UAE, Canada, South Africa, frequently have children of business leaders, government officials,and even royalty in ENCM chapters around the world. Many of these international students come from nations that restrict or ban the Gospel. By reaching them while they’re on our campuses, training them, and sending them home with the Gospel, we can revolutionize world missions. The USA alone hosts more than half a million international students. Will they return home with or without the Gospel after they graduate?
5. The values on campus become the values in society.
The philosophy, morality, and ethics taught by professors on university campuses will, over the next decade, slowly but surely work their way into public policy, media, and education. As a result, those ideas and values are perpetuated through legislation, education, music, movies, literature, and media.
6. The most available and trainable masses are on our campuses.
Students at universities are trying to figure out what to do with their lives. Since they have few obligations, they are unhindered when it comes to following Christ and answering the call to serve Him. The campus is not only the source of the next generation of business, government, and educational leaders, but it’s also where we’ll find the next generation of church leaders and cross-cultural missionaries.
7. When we reach a student, we reach a family.
Often, moms and dads and brothers and sisters are impacted by the stories from students who return home with a changed life (or from students who have their grades raised from the dead after they meet Jesus). The New Testament pattern or church growth often included entire families turning to Christ. That’s exactly what happened in my family. During a weekend visit home in his first year at college, my big brother invited me to church with him and started a spiritual chain reaction that impacted every member of our immediate family.
8. God promised to pour out His Spirit upon sons and daughters.
(Acts 2:17). This scripture translates into an enormous awakening among the youth of the world, a coming global harvest of young people. We must be prepared to handle this harvest by sending campus missionaries to colleges and high schools, missionaries who are equipped and empowered to make disciples.
This list could go on forever, but these eight reasons should be enough to convince every leader and every church to prioritize reaching the campus.