The CCP Team Members

The last blog I wrote was about this year’s CCP team. I spelled out the what, where, when(ish), and why.

But what about the who?

It’s time to introduce the 2014 CCP team!

This year, the Campus Outreach staff members leading the crew will be Steve and Lindsay Discher. Both graduated from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul. They are currently ministering at Bethel University.

The students teaming up with them are Ben Hansen, Kate Hoyles, Chris Lovdal, Lindsey Oawster, Maura Bickner, Kevin Langmade, Peter Scheerer, and Meaghan O’Toole.

I asked each of the students to give a little information about themselves as well as tell what they are most excited for this summer. Here are their responses:

CCP 2014

If you’ve heard of Project, you’ve probably also heard of CCP.

If you haven’t, let me fill you in.

CCP stands for “Cross Cultural Project.” Every year, CO Minneapolis sends a small team of students and CO staff overseas for part of the summer. For the past few years, the location has been India. The teams would spend time building relationships and sharing the gospel with college students on a campus in New Delhi. Last year, there was an additional team sent to Lebanon to explore potentially expanding Campus Outreach to a college campus in Beirut.

This year, the CCP team will be traveling to a place no Campus Outreach Minneapolis CCP has traveled before…

Drum roll please…

…..THE U.K.

An unexpected Purchase

There are only eleven weeks left until the start of the Summer Training Project.

Before we know it, those of us who are Project-bound will be standing on the beach in Garden City, South Carolina, watching the sun set on another sultry day in the south.

Did you catch that?

Garden City.

Not Myrtle Beach.

That’s right folks, STP is not returning to the dirty Myrtle or the Aquarius motel. We will once again be living at the Oceanview motel in Garden City, where STP was traditionally held.

What’s the deal with that?

Story time!

Family and Marriage

A few weeks back, Matt Bradner and Julia Bradner talked to the CO staff team about family and marriage. In addition to personal benefits the individuals gained from attending the training, the staff was able to use the talk to foster healthy team dynamics among themselves.

I asked Paul Poteat, the regional director for CO Minneapolis, why having a healthy team is important. “Jesus said that ‘people will know that you are my disciples by your love.’ That being the case, it is really important how we, as Christians, display our love for one another. Because of this we put a heavy emphasis on the health and unity of our team.

Nothing to Lose

The odds of hanging around Campus Outreach events and students involved in CO and not hearing “Project” dropped every so often are slim to none.

Every summer, students from St. Thomas, Bethel, Northwestern and the U of M pack their bags and drive down to South Carolina for two months.


Yes. Two months.

Two months for building life-long relationships. Two months to work a full time job, most likely stationed at a local Walmart. Two months to learn how to share your faith. Two months to learn more of what it means to live life as a Christian. Two months to spend every day learning more about Jesus Christ.

2014 Leaders Retreat: Casting a vision for campus and beyond

Conference is pretty intense.

For countless students, the Milwaukee New Year’s Conference is their first experience doing anything with Campus Outreach beyond a weekly Bible study.
And often times, Conference is when the rubber meets the road.
When, “I am investigating Christianity and this ministry,” transforms into, “I want to be part of this movement to build laborers on the campus for the lost world.”

So...then what?
Glad you asked.

On January 17 and 18, college students from the U of M, St. Thomas, Bethel and Northwestern gathered at Bethlehem’s north site for a retreat. The weekend was designed for any student who loves Jesus and wants to know what to do with the good news of the gospel.

A peek into the Poteats

If you’ve never had time around the Poteat family, you’re missing out.

Paul and Samm, along with their two daughters Maddux and Sophie, have shared their lives with countless students involved in Campus Outreach. They have truly been a blessing to all who know them.

So if you haven’t met the Poteats, I can at least give you a peek into the life of one member of the family:

So here is Paul Poteat!

I asked Paul a few questions about his new role in Campus Outreach and his vision for the ministry:


If you've been keeping up with the blog, you can probably guess what this week is about. Two weeks ago featured Team Leaders, last week was Room Leaders, so this week must be….?

That’s right –


Let me start out with a reminder: We are ALL disciples. It doesn’t matter what the role is – Room Leader, Project Director, even staff – we are all called to BE disciples and to MAKE disciples. There will never be a time when we ‘graduate’ from discipleship.

Okay, now we can continue.

Room Leaders

Last week the blog featured Team Leaders. I talked to Ann (a past Team Leader) and Jess (a future Team Leader). Continuing with the theme of past and future, let’s turn our attention to Room Leaders.

Cassie Webber is a senior at Bethel University. She will be on the Lebanon team this summer and hopes to go on staff with Campus Outreach. Cassie was a Room Leader two summers ago, and it was helpful and encouraging to learn how the Lord worked in her life that summer.

Team Leaders

As most of you probably know, North Project and South Project are reuniting this year! So instead of three teams per Project, this year we have……drum roll, please…..


This means there will be five men and five women in the role of Team Leader.

I have no clue what it's like to be a Team Leader, but I got some insights after talking to Ann Nelson and Jessica Pimpo. Ann is a former Team Leader and is currently the staff woman at St. Thomas. Jess is a senior at St. Thomas and will be co-leading a team this summer with Reed Schaaf.

So what exactly does a Team Leader do? Ann can certainly answer that question.