1. What's the easier to remember URL for this page? 
http://workerguide.texasbsmstaff.org

2. Have further questions after reading below? 
Contact Bruce McGowan at 214-828-5250 / bruce.mcgowan@texasbaptists.org.

3. I'm brand new. What do I need to know? 
We are excited to have you as part of the Texas BSM Staff. These are exciting days in college ministry! We have a tremendous opportunity to reach the 1.2 million college students in Texas. There is a lot to know and do as a BSM staff member, so we've created this site to help answer the most frequently asked questions, provide information about things you need to know, and offer resources for your ministry to college students. This site is designed to help you understand the things that are unique to our work and enable you to serve more effectively in what you do best: ministering to students. Feel free to contact us at 214-828-5250 if you can't find the answer here (try the search box in the top right first).

4. What's the purpose of the Worker Guide? 
The Worker Guide is a tool to be used in conjunction with a Regional BSM Coordinator to give support, encouragement and resources to the local BSM Director. Learning will take place “on the job” in a coaching relationship involving a set of critical expectations necessary to campus ministry success.

5. What is Baptist Student Ministry about
Students who cultivate a relationship with Christ and then cultivate other students’ faith represent the heart of Texas Baptist Student Ministry’s vision statement: “From the Harvest, for the Harvest.” This vision statement represents five biblical priority areas that permeate the entire structure of Texas BSM: Evangelism, Church-Life, Missions, Discipleship and Leadership Development. The con­text of the BSM Worker Guide is the acronym, H.A.R.V.E.S.T., where God is glorified, lost students hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ and respond to Him and believers grow into His likeness. Consider the following overall expectations of BSM Directors who are working according to the H.A.R.V.E.S.T.:
His VisionWe exist as an organization to glorify God on the university campus by sharing Christ so students can know Him as their personal Savior and Lord, becoming fruit-bearing followers in character change and reaching the lost. (Colossians 1:28–29; Matthew 9:37–41; 28:19–20; Ephesians 4:11–13).
AbilitiesEach BSM Director must develop eight ministry skill areas in order to “bear fruit” in the Christian life, as well as on the college campus. The context is the servant model of Jesus. The goal is to equip BSM Directors who can then equip college students for ministry. (John 13; Ephesians 4:11–13)
ReproductionThe goal is for BSMs to bear fruit by increasing both the number of students be­ing saved and the number of Christian students maturing into His likeness. (John 15:5, 8; Ephesians 4:11–13; Acts 2:47)
ValuesBSM is a values-oriented ministry that is Christ-centered, student-led and church-related. Each BSM strategy must support these core values, as expressed in its vision and ultimately through its actions.
ExpectationsThe Collegiate Ministry Team has high expectations for its leadership. It has outlined specific expectations for the local Director and staff, such as meetings and personnel issues.
Spirit-LedStudents and staff involved in BSM on local campuses must allow the Spirit of God to guide and lead. The Holy Spirit convicts the lost of sin, baptizes the believer, seals and fills the believer, gives gifts, leads and bears fruit in the lives of believers.
Team MinistryAll who serve in BSM must work with a variety of groups beyond their student group to be effective.

6. How does creating a H.A.R.V.E.S.T. culture help BSM Directors
The H.A.R.V.E.S.T. culture is strategically designed to help you be success­ful as you seek to reach students for Christ. Some areas will demand more attention than others will. The models suggested are a beginning point, and most have already been proven effective with BSM Directors. While the principles behind the models are foundational and unchanging, the actual design will change to fit your giftedness and specific campus. The Director and the Regional Coordinator will work together to decide the areas needing the most attention.

7. How does Texas Baptist Student Ministry fit into the “Big Picture”? 
Texas Baptist Student Ministry is a ministry of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT / Texas Baptists) and local Texas Baptist Associations and Baptist churches. A BSM Director in a local community represents one of many ministries provided by the BGCT. Without the cooperative agreement between Texas BSM and our local Associations and churches, student ministry in Texas would not function.

8. What are "The Givens"?  
First and foremost, we are dependent upon the work of the Holy Spirit in order for lives to be changed. Transformation takes place when students encounter God in a personal way. God allows us the privilege of being vessels through which His Kingdom is proclaimed on campus and through which He speaks into the lives of students. Being faithful in that responsibility is a huge challenge which also requires the grace and strength of the Father to fulfill. The “givens” listed below are items which we believe are essential to fulfilling this role. They are not negotiable, neither are they goals, rather they encapsulate the job description of a full-time BSM Director. Should you have any question about any of these, please contact your Regional Coordinator.

9. What are "Ministry Abilities"?  
Each BSM Director must develop eight ministry abilities in order to “bear fruit” in the Christian life, as well as on the college campus. The context for each of these ministry abilities is the servant model of Jesus. The goal is to equip BSM Directors who can then equip college students for ministry. (John 13; Ephesians 4:11–13).  The eight Ministry Abilities are as follows:   
We realize not all of the required abilities will be mastered within the first year. In fact, some areas will be stronger than others will. However, success in each ability area is possible with the appropriate support and resources.