Courtlandt Perkins is a Masters of Divinity student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, with an emphasis on Preaching and Pastoral Ministry. Courtlandt and his wife live in North Carolina where he also serves with Kingdom Diversity at Southeastern. He is passionate about making disciples and has aspirations to pastor full time in the future.
Through Generation SEND, Southeastern Seminary and the College at Southeastern mobilized more students on mission than any other endeavor in the year 2016. The North American Mission Board (NAMB) partnered with Southeastern to provide an opportunity like no other to help students learn what it means to live life on mission in the cities of North America. GenSend is where theology, methodology, and evangelism meet to grow college and seminary students in a way that will stretch and prepare them for a lifetime of ministry. After two years of serving with NAMB in this way, I believe every college student would benefit from spending a summer doing Generation Send. Here are 3 reasons why:
1. Instinctive evangelism.
Many people struggle living missional in their day-to-day context. Generation Send doesn’t just provide an evangelistic trip, but it trains you to make evangelism part of your lifestyle. From riding public transportation, playing basketball at the park or even working alongside a local organization, the main purpose of GenSend is for students to love the people of the city as Jesus has loved His church. The most memorable conversations I had during my summer were with people I met in shops or on public transportation. Through my city coach and fellow student missionaries, I was being taught how to live with gospel intentionality.
2. Missional flexibility.
Too often, ministry is planned for us. All we do is show up. GenSend creates an opportunity for spiritual gifts to flourish by giving the student an opportunity to intentionally choose where and how they serve in the city with the help of their city coach. No highly structured itinerary; it’s as if you were moving to a city with a team of people who learn together how to navigate the city and follow God’s direction. I was able to create a schedule based on building relationships in the city and in ways that God has gifted me to make the biggest impact for His kingdom.
3. Genuine community.
Going to a new city can be overwhelming. While opportunities exist to use our gifts, we are often put in situations where we are weak. J.D. Greear often says, “If dependence is the objective, weakness is an advantage.” NAMB has created a very special environment where they provide the student with both resources and time to grow in maturity and leadership skills. GenSend will pull you out of your comfort zone, and bring you into a gospel-centered community that will use you to highlight God’s power within the body of Christ
The North American Mission Board has created an opportunity of a lifetime to explore church planting and missional living in the urban cities of North America. Our generation has the opportunity to be equipped and sent to make disciples like never before. Will you choose to take the next step by joining in the mission?
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