Kay and I have returned to Florida. On our flight from Dallas to Atlanta, we sat next to a recent college graduate who was so excited that his University of Florida Gators made the BCS bowl. He graduated last May. He likes his new company, likes his salary, but doesn’t like the attitudes of the people he works with. He was deeply concerned about ethics issues, particularly interpersonal relationships. We didn’t make much headway talking about spiritual things. He is Jewish but not spiritual. He is thoughtful, but not open. He is concerned about treating others right, but not able to sort through his own spiritual journey very well. He said other Christians were always leaving him with a pamphlet or tract.
So we just talked with him. And prayed for him.
Today we meet with our global operations team. It’s all day, and all good. We’re praying and planning how to build greater capacity for sustaining the Great Commission around the world.
Tomorrow, I travel to Vancouver, Canada via Seattle. We’re calling the conference iStrategy. It’s a small, highly-select group of the top practitioners of internet ministry in Campus Crusade for Christ (at least the ones that I know about!). God is blessing us abundantly in internet evangelism. Over the past year, we have seen a 100% increase in the number of indicated decisions for Christ and a 30% increase in email conversations with seekers. And we have not really increased the number of visitors to our websites significantly. This is increasing fruitfulness.
But I also feel that we can do better in internet discipleship. The number who continue into basic follow-up and discipleship are too few.
We can do better.
This is the focus of our iStrategy conference. The top practitioners of internet ministry will meet to pray, to share, and to seek ways to do better discipleship in our internet ministries.
Please pray for the iStrategy conference. Pray for a rich time of fellowship at the foot of the throne. Pray for new wisdom and relevation from God about how to increase our effectiveness in discipleship. Pray that we’ll understand how to be more effective in building movements everywhere. We want everyone to know someone who truly follows Jesus.