PRAY WITH US

This is God’s work and we are wholly dependent on him to sustain and grow his kingdom as he changes hearts. Subscribe to our newsletter for regular updates and prayer points.

SPEAK ABOUT US

Let others know how God is at work through this ministry and call them to partner with us!

SERVE ALONGSIDE US

Use your time and talents on the ground in the day to day ministry of FOCUS. If you love the Lord Jesus, are able to read the Bible and are willing to meet regularly with just one student, you are qualified! There are many other gifts you may have which we would love you to use in serving alongside us!

GIVE TO SUPPORT US

FOCUS is supported by local churches but is dependent on external funding both to sustain the work and to grow it. It will cost roughly R3.2 million to do this in 2018 (support for 9 church-based student workers, and training 9 ministry interns and 2 residents). Help us sustain this work and grow it!

OUR GOAL FOR 2018: R400,000

Our goal is to raise 12.5% or R400,000 of our costs through the FOCUS Trust. This would enable FOCUS to reach out to 350+ students across 8+ campuses, giving 100+ talks, supporting 40+ small group Bible studies, dozens of one-to-one's, and running a leaders training camp, a regional camp and a mission across the campuses.

BANKING DETAILS

Standard Bank • FOCUS • Account Number: 037354825 • Branch: 051001

INVESTING IN STUDENT MINISTRY IS STRATEGIC

A CRITICAL LIFE STAGE

Universities are centres of thought, leadership and innovation. It is in this milieu of new ideas and ancient philosophies that students’ identities and characters are formed. Often, the university campus is the first place that students search for a sense of identity and belonging outside traditional childhood norms. This open, engaging context presents a matchless opportunity to direct students to Christ, and set the spiritual trajectory for their entire lives.

A GIFT TO GOD’S FAMILY TODAY

Young people are typically passionate, and energetically throw themselves behind whatever ideology they adopt. Those who become followers of Jesus do so with conviction, bringing life, vibrancy, service, wisdom, and energy to God’s family.

TOMORROW’S LEADERS

It’s a truism that today’s students are tomorrow’s world leaders. Over the course of their careers, university graduates are more likely than non-graduates to be in crucial positions of leadership, shaping policy and influencing culture. Yet apart from thorough gospel formation, these students will enter the workplace unprepared to lead in a Christ-like way, with integrity and humility.

THE CHOICE FOR OR AGAINST THE LOCAL CHURCH

It is away from home and traditional structures of society that students face a significant choice: whether or not to commit to a local church. For those that become followers of Jesus, this season will set their patterns of local church commitment, involvement, and ministry for the rest of their lives. It is here that they will overwhelmingly make their choice for or against investment in the local church.

MISSIONARIES WHO FAN OUT

The majority of university students will leave our churches and pursue jobs and professional callings around our cities and around the world. Thus, while there is a transient element to student ministry, it is such strategic gospel work. As these disciples fan out across our cities and across the world to work, start families, join and lead churches, they proclaim Christ in all of it.

TRAINING FUTURE MINISTRY LEADERS

Through their years involved in student ministry, some students will discover a desire and gifting to prepare others for the work of making and maturing disciples. So the campus is a strategic place to recruit and train future ministry leaders.

SHAPING CULTURE

Although Gauteng accounts for only 1.5% of South Africa’s total land area, it is home to 14.2 million people (a quarter of South Africa’s population!) and contributes about 10% of the total GDP of sub-Saharan Africa and about 7% of the total African GDP. As we shape the culture of tertiary institutions in Gauteng, we will be shaping the engine of South African society.

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