A pastor’s view of Zona Camp

By Chad Murrell, lead pastor, First Southern Baptist Church, Scottsdale –

The air was cooler than I expected as I stood on the edge of Biola University’s soccer field watching students submit their lives to Jesus and answer the gospel call to ministry. This was a new perspective for me. Before this year, I viewed this event through the eyes of student pastor, but this year I viewed it through the eyes of my new role as the lead pastor of a church.

In that moment, I realized the importance of Zona to the mission of the gospel. Zona 2019 saw more than 100 students give or recommit their lives to Jesus, and 75 answer a call to ministry (not to mention the almost 150 students who began the process of healing through Jesus).

As I watched Jesus moving in the hearts of students, I realized that over half of Zona’s volunteers and youth leaders had attended Zona as a teen. The impact hit me like a ton of bricks. I teared up as I began to see a glimpse of the impact that Zona has for the gospel of Jesus.

Jesus was not just moving students to submit to Him as their Lord and Savior, but He was also starting them down the road of leading other people to the salvation that can only be found in Him. The ripple-effect was immense! Zona is not only leading students to Jesus but is also training up the next generation of pastors and ministers for our churches, which leads the next generation to Jesus.

This is all possible because of your generosity to the Cooperative Program. When your church gives to the CP, you are helping Zona Camp’s mission of leading students to Jesus. But it is so much more than that. Thank you for your generosity!


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