USNA Navs: Who we are ...
The overall purpose of Navs at the US Naval Academy is threefold:
- First, to help midshipmen and officers cultivate a personal and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ through Bible meditation, teaching, worship, and fellowship;
- Second, to build Christ-like character;
- Third, to equip them as leaders and workers in advancing God's kingdom. This emphasis contributes both to the moral mission of the Naval Academy and affords the opportunity, to those so interested, in developing their faith in relation to their Naval career.
One Calling ... Variety of Expressions
- Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. (1 Corinthians 12:4-6 ESV)
- I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings. (1 Corinthians 9:22-23 ESV)
- There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:4-6 ESV)
Over time we have discovered that the idea that "one size fits all" really doesn't work! God is the author of diversity! At the same time, He intends there to be unity in His Body. But unity is not uniformity. So we have intentionally developed two (so far) expressions of our Navs ministry, Triad Christian Fellowship (TCF) and Kairos.
The Navs ECA is highly focused on personal mentoring/discipleship. Currently, more than 35 midshipmen are receiving encouragement, instruction, and accountability to help them be followers of Jesus Christ, faithful midshipman, and future officers. There is also a growing sense of community and teamwork that is not something that can be easily replaced or recreated. Ours is a ministry of evangelism, discipleship, and leadership development that begins at USNA and continues beyond Commissioning.
We have Navigator staff worldwide who are committed to continue the building process into the lives of men and women who leave the Academy so as to help them become leaders in their families, the military, and their communities.
At USNA we have new initiatives serving the African-American, HIspanic-American, and Korean-American communities.