Student leaders

Why be a student leader?

At Christian Challenge, we exist to engage college students with the gospel, develop disciples of Jesus Christ, and mobilize servant leaders for the church. Student leaders have the unique opportunity to share the gospel with students on their college campus through gospel appointments, develop disciples by leading Challenge Communities, and invite their peers to live a life on mission for Christ.

Student Leader Expectations

Personal Relationship with Christ

Student leaders are expected to have a healthy, vibrant, and growing personal relationship with Christ. This should be evidenced by spending daily personal time with Christ through Bible reading and prayer. Student leaders should be actively involved in a local church. Student leaders should also be engaged in an intentional discipling relationship.

Scripture: Luke 9:23-24; 2 Timothy 4:2; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Joshua 1:6-9; Ephesians 6:10-18; Matthew 26:41; Proverbs 27:17

Lifestyle Choices

Student leaders are expected to live above reproach, making lifestyle choices that honor God and imitate Christ. This includes but is not limited to underage alcohol consumption, drunkenness, use of tobacco products, use or abuse of controlled substances, viewing of pornographic material, posting of questionable or inappropriate material on social media, and use of explicit or vulgar speech. In everything, leaders should use their freedom in Christ to bring glory to God, being careful to not cause others to stumble.

Scripture: 1 Timothy 3:1-3; 1 Corinthians 10:31-33; Ephesians 5:1-2; Colossians 3:23; Galatians 5:13-25; Ephesians 4:29; Titus 2:7-8; Proverbs 28:18


Student leaders are expected to walk in complete purity. The biblical standard of purity is to avoid even a hint of sexual immorality. This includes sexual purity in dating relationships, as every form of sexual expression outside of a biblical marriage is explicitly prohibited in scripture. Walking in purity should also include avoiding movies, music and other media with pervasive sexual themes or explicit sexual content. Student leaders should seek to guard the purity of their hearts, minds, and bodies.

Scripture: Ephesians 5:1; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8; 1 Corinthians 6:18-20;

1 Corinthians 10:13; Romans 12:1-2; 2 Timothy 2:22; Matthew 5:27-30; Job 31:1

Love and Unity

Student leaders are expected to live lives of love – love for God and love for others. The Lord commands that believers love one another and bear with one another in love. Love should be evident in student leaders’ relationships with the other students in the ministry. These relationships should be marked by kindness, compassion, gentleness, patience, and forgiveness. Student leaders serve in a team context with other students and Campus Missionaries. They are expected to preserve unity and protect peace within the team, guarding against division and distraction. The team should nurture relationships that demonstrate respect, honesty, trust, and humility.

Scripture: Matthew 22:37-40; John 13:34-35; John 15:17; 1 John 4:7-12; Colossians 3:12-14; Ephesians 4:1-3, 32; 1 Corinthians 1:10; Romans 12:9-13; 1 Peter 3:8

Ministry Commitments

Student leaders are expected to be willing, available, and teachable, maintaining a servant heart and attitude. Student leaders should be ready and committed to sharing their faith and proclaiming the Gospel. They should commit to attending student leader meetings, weekly Challenge gatherings, and a Challenge Community. They should also prioritize attending outreach activities, special events, and statewide Challenge events. Student leaders are also expected to be mature and responsible in faithfully completing all tasks and ministry assignments. They should seek to use their unique spiritual gifts, talents, and abilities to serve others, bless the ministry, and advance the Kingdom of God.

Scripture: Philippians 2:3-11; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:12-30; Ephesians 4:11-13; 1 Peter 4:10-11; Isaiah 6:8


Student leaders are expected to hold each other accountable to the expectations outlined in this document in order to preserve the witness of Christian Challenge. The student leadership team is not only a team but should be a loving family. Student leaders should have their own spiritual growth, as well as the spiritual growth of every member of the team, at heart and should be willing to confront sin, in love, when it is observed. God lays out the process for such accountability in Matthew 18:15-17. This process calls for:

  • Pointing out the sin one-on-one to the brother or sister who is at fault.

  • Taking one or two other team members with them to point out the sin together if the person does not listen and repent one-on-one.

  • Taking it to the team as a whole if the person still does not listen and repent.

  • The person would then be removed from leadership and possibly banned from all Challenge activities if they still do not listen and repent.

Student leaders must be willing to lovingly confront sin, but also be willing to be confronted and to follow the biblical process and avoid gossip and other unhealthy ways to deal with or avoid conflict.

Scripture: Matthew 18:15-17; Ephesians 4:15-16, 1 Corinthians 5:12-13, Galatians 6:1, Luke 17:3, James 5:19-20

What is a gospel appointment? How do I lead a gospel appointment? Find out here!

Challenge Communities are small-group Bible studies that are relational, biblical, and missional. Find resources and tips here on how to lead one!

Want to grow in your personal leadership? Find resources & websites here that can help you grow as a student leader on your campus.