New Student Outreach

Plan Your Three Phases of NSO

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New Student Outreach (NSO) is a unique season taking place during the beginning of the school year. It’s a time where students (Christians and non-Christians, grads and undergrads) are open to saying yes to new things.

And their most profound need is finding their place on campus within a community where they feel welcome and seen.

The core of NSO is all about following Jesus’ example of hospitality in warmly welcoming new people to campus and into your fellowship.

Plan your NSO through these three phases:

  1. Prepare Together
  2. Engage the Campus
  3. Grow the Movement
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Prepare Together

APRIL TO JULY

The Prepare phase is about seeking Jesus for where he’s at work and how we can join him in spiritual preparation and planning.

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Engage the Campus

AUGUST TO SEPTEMBER

In the Engage phase, we’ve heard from Jesus and now we are doing the work of welcoming students to his table on new corners and campuses.

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Grow the Movement

OCTOBER TO DECEMBER

The Grow phase is looking to see what Jesus has done, who he has brought to his table and where there is momentum as we go into the next stage of our ministry plans.

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Planting Chapter Template

If you are replanting a chapter or starting something new – usually about 1-10 people

Prepare Together

  • Anchored in the Holy Spirit
  • Prayer Guide for New Student Outreach
  • Prayer Walk Guide
  • Partnership Gathering Worksheet

Engage the Campus

  • Mobilize Students With the Call to Mission Bible Study
  • Faith Journey Quiz
  • Encounters with Jesus Bible Study Series (Planting Version)
  • Encounters with Jesus Apprenticeship Guide
  • Empowering Apprentices

Grow the Movement 

  • Leading Life-Changing Debriefs of Your New Student Outreach 
  • Host a Launch Gathering
  • Multiplying Small Groups

See Template

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Established Chapter Template

If you have an established chapter with around 10-30 people

Prepare Together

  • Anchored in the Holy Spirit
  • Prayer Guide for New Student Outreach
  • Network Mapping for Online or In-Person Settings
  • Instagram Follow Up 101
  • Running a Chapter Instagram Account
  • What If I Hate Instagram? (and Other Instagram Outreach FAQ)

Engage the Campus

  • NSO Back-to-School Retreat Template
  • Self-Care Outreach Proxe (in-person)
  • Mobilize Students With the Call to Mission Bible Study
  • Best Practices for Follow Up
  • Why Follow Up Matters

Grow the Movement 

  • Self-Care Outreach Bible Studies
  • Returning to Campus Bible Studies
  • Small Group Invitation to Faith
  • Small Group Garage
  • Leading Life-Changing Debriefs of Your New Student Outreach 

See Template