If you’ve been around a Navigator ministry for even a little while you’ve probably heard someone talk about making disciples. What’s more, you’ve probably seen it in action. Maybe you’ve even taken the plunge and have yourself become someone’s Timothy. The concept of discipleship is at the very heart of The Navigators vision statement:
To advance the Gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom into the nations through spiritual generations of laborers living and discipling among the lost.
Raising up a new spiritual generation of laborers is one of the hopes each person on staff with the ministry comes to campus with each semester. It’s also the vision held by many returning students. Maybe you’re one of them. You caught the vision in your freshmen Bible study, or at that first summer training program you went to, or through the example of the person discipling you. Whatever your story is, you now see your place in God’s plan as a laborers for His kingdom work.
I speak for all the staff in the Florida region when I say we don’t merely hope to see a new generation of collegiate laborers—men and women who would do the work of winning and training up souls for four or five years only to stop when they leave campus. No, we want to see a generation of lifelong laborers. That’s a tall order! We’re talking about firmly implanting a core value in the hearts of 20-somethings that will withstand the test of time, no matter what life throws at them.
FloridaNavs.org wants to aid in that effort. The vision of Florida Navs reflects this aim.
To foster the growth and perseverance of Christ’s disciples and disciple-makers, equipping them to be lifelong laborers in the advancement of His Gospel and Kingdom.
We want to see each disciple and disciple-maker continue to develop, to go further up and further in. But ongoing growth isn’t enough. We want to see each disciple and disciple-maker endure even when sticking to this vision to make spiritual generations becomes difficult. How can Florida Navs help? Here are a few things you’re going to see on this website.
- Discipleship resources that have been created and used by Nav staff
- A video documentary series telling discipleship stories
- Messages from past Ignite conferences
- Interviews with disciple-makers who are neither college students nor Nav staff—men and women who have kept the vision even after entering a new season and new context
This project is the first of its kind; no other region has something quite like this. We’re learning how best to implement our vision as we go along. But our focus is clear. We aim to help paint a picture of what it could look like to be a lifelong laborer. More than that, we want to equip you to be one.