A Brand New Initiative

Starting this fall I will be leading a new initiative: the creation of an online discipleship resource. It’s called Florida Navs and can be found at floridanavs.org. This resource isn’t just for the FSU Navigators but for all collegiate Navs throughout the state. Its goal is to help equip a generation of lifelong Christian laborers.

Each Navigators ministry aims to raise up people dedicated to knowing Christ and making Him known to others. The hope is that they would take what they learn and practice it not only while in college but for the rest of their lives. Florida Navs aims to cast this vision and provide the tools necessary to see it through.

One way this vision will be cast is through the Generations video series. These are short documentaries highlighting one student’s experience being discipled by either another student or someone on staff with the Navigators. These high quality videos are being made by a Nav alum who graduated from the FSU film school. The first four episodes have been made and I can’t wait to see more! (Links to these videos are at the end of the email.)

My desire for Florida Navs is that it would inspire students to think big, to realize that they could be disciple-makers no matter where life takes them. It’s one thing for students to see Navigators staff making disciples after college. I believe it to be even more important for students to see that it’s possible to continue to make disciples (and be a disciple) even if they don’t make ministry their vocation.

How You Can Support this Ministry

I have an ambitious vision for Florida Navs and I’m going to need your help if it’s going to come to fruition. Here are three ways you can help.

  1. Financial support. The videos in the Generations series will cost $600 each to produce. I would love to see 15 episodes filmed over the course of the fall and spring semesters. These videos would feature students from Florida State University, University of Florida, University of South Florida, and University of North Florida.
  2. Your stories. If you’re not an undergrad student and you’re making disciples, I want to hear about it! I believe the best two ways to communicate what discipleship looks like is through the examples seen in scripture and through stories of our personal experiences. Let’s expose students to what it looks like to make disciples while working in the traditional workplace, when you have all the busyness of raising a family, or when your church hasn’t yet caught the vision. You can write something yourself or you can be interviewed. Contact me if you want to know more.
  3. Your prayers. As is the case with any ministry effort it will take more than my own strength for this to bear any fruit. Please stand with me in prayer that this would become a valuable resource and that its launch will be met with enthusiasm by our students.

Thank you!

I couldn’t do any of this without you. I appreciate your support and encouragement. Thanks for continuing to be a part of what God is doing at Florida State University and beyond!

P.S. Here are the first four episodes of the Generations video series, each featuring a discipleship story of a student in the FSU Navs: Josh Pratt, Erin Garmon, Sara Davis, and Josh Bazyler.