Welcome to the UCM Navigators website. Our vision is to see people learn how to personally walk with Jesus and teach others how to do the same. The ministry at UCM started in 2009 with that vision and we currently have around 100 students involved in bible studies and personal discipleship. We are excited about seeing the world reached for Jesus one person at a time! Below we wanted to answer some common questions. Need anything from us specifically just drop us a line at email@example.com.
Are The Navigators affiliated with a specific church?
No, The Navigators is an inter-denominational ministry, meaning we serve students from all denominational backgrounds. We do not promote the ministry of any particular local church, though we do encourage our students to participate in a local church where the Scriptures are taught and the sacraments administered.
Why are you called "The Navigators?"
The ministry began over seventy-five years ago as an outreach to sailors in the San Diego area. “The Navigators” seemed like a catchy enough name for that kind of outreach, and it still says a lot about what we do on campuses and in communities. We help people find a route into relationship with God through Christ and encourage them to stay that path throughout life.
What makes The Navigators distinct?
We place a particular emphasis on person-to-person ministry. Jesus commissioned His church to “go into all the nations and make disciples … teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19 NIV). It’s hard to make disciples in large groups. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to learning all that Jesus commanded. So, The Navigators helps individuals grow as Jesus’ disciples and encourages them to keep passing on to others the things they’re learning.
Why are there so many Christian ministries on campus? Do you get along?
Yeah, we get that a lot. There are multiple Christian ministries to choose from probably for the same reason there are so many brands of bottled water. We live in a culture that values having lots of options. But unlike all those bottled water companies, Christian ministries don't view each other as competitors. We don't try to stealthily steal students from each other or plot hostile takeovers. On the contrary, we get along quite well and do our best to join forces in advancing the Gospel on campuses. In fact, leaders from many campus ministry organizations (Navs included) met in October 2011 and agreed to be unified in our mission. Read what we agreed to here.
The Navigators have invested their lives in people for more than 70 years, coming alongside them one to one to study the Bible, develop a deepening prayer life, and memorize and apply Scripture. The Navigators is an interdenominational, nonprofit organization, dedicated to helping people navigate spiritually, to know Christ and to make Him known as they look to Him and His Word to chart their lives.
In 1933, Dawson Trotman, founder of The Navigators, began teaching sailor Les Spencer the principles of Christian growth. They spent many hours together in Bible study, Scripture memorization and prayer. A shipmate of Spencer's soon asked him about the secret of his changed life. Spencer brought the new man to Trotman and said, "Teach him what you taught me!" Trotman's answer –"You teach him!" – was the beginning of The Navigators.
Spencer did teach the second sailor, and the two in turn reached others. Soon, 125 men on board the USS West Virginia were growing in Christ and actively sharing their faith. By the end of World War II, men on a thousand ships and military bases had surrendered their lives to Christ and were learning the principles of Christian discipleship as a result of The Navigators' ministry.
After the war, the ministry of The Navigators expanded to college campuses (the first at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 1958) and numerous communities throughout the U.S. In 1948, the first overseas Navigator missionary was sent to China. Others soon followed to Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.
Today, tens of thousands of individuals worldwide are being reached for Christ as the work of The Navigators grows. Internationally, more than 4,000 Navigator staff of 64 nationalities serve in more than 100 countries around the world A heart for individuals continues to motivate us to teach on a one-to-one basis. Our ultimate goal is to equip them to fulfill 2 Timothy 2:2—to teach what they have learned to others.
Thank you for the privilege of having your son or daughter involved with the UCM Navigators! We are glad you’re taking the time to learn about us. As you look around this special parents section, as well as the rest of our site we hope you will get an overview of what we do and what we believe. Be sure to read what some prominent leaders in today’s society have to say about the Navigators.
When your child first mentioned to you that they were involved in the Navigators organization on campus, you probably had a lot of questions. You may have wondered, who are the Navigators? What do they believe? The UCM Navigators love students and value the opportunity to invest in your child’s life while they are in college. These years are formative, as students wrestle with what they believe and how to live. We believe the Bible has answers that will help them become responsible leaders. With a vision for the world and a heart for the individual, we are seeking to help raise up disciples of Jesus Christ and train them to “pass on their lives” to others. Our goal is to see students move toward maturity in Christ (Colossians 1:28) and become laborers for the Kingdom of God (Matthew 9:37).
If you have any questions or if we can serve you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us using the email below. Again, Thanks for trusting us to invest in your son or daughter during this critical chapter in his/her
Cully and Carmen Galloway
Campus Directors of the UCM Navigators
P.S. More Information about the Navigators can be found at www.Navigators.org
A few notes from parents of Navigator students currently at UCM:
"When our son Nathan was preparing to leave for college, we prayed for a place for him to 'plug in' and to grow in his faith walk. Navigators has been the answer to our prayers. Nathan has grown spiritually because of the Bible study and personal mentoring and has learned Christian leadership skills through the opportunities he has had in the Navigator's program. He has made friends with young people of faith,character, and high moral standards. We are so thankful for the influence that you and the Navigators have had on our son, Thank you!"
Heidi Wiens, Parent
"Through the UCM Navigator Ministry, both our son and daughter have grown spiritually, discovered great friendships, and have had a Christian group to keep them accountable. We feel blessed that they have been mentored in many ways through the Nav program."
Greg and Nancy Gossell, parents
A note from our leader:
"As a father of three sons, I know how much parents love and care about their children. After over 25 years of ministering to high school and college students—and now serving as the U.S. Navigators Collegiate Director—I also know the value of surrounding college students with positive Christian peers and adults. In The Navigators, we are committed to your child's success in life and to helping them mature in their relationship with God. We are honored to have your son or daughter involved with us. If we can serve you or if you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact my office or the Navigator Staff at Northwest."
- Jim Luebe, U.S. Collegiate Director
Quotes about the Navigators from parents and well-known ministry workers:
“Our son, Tim, became involved his freshmen year with an organization called ‘Navigators.’ Who were the ‘Navigators’? An obvious concern was ‘cults.’ Was this one? In due time, all of our concerns were alleviated. We have spent time with many of Tim’s Navigator friends, and we have yet to find one we didn’t like and/or admire.”
- Bob and Susie Bastian
Member, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
“Our son was a member of a Navigators group, and he benefited greatly from his relationships with the well-trained Nav staff members, who provided wise counsel in decision-making and often welcomed students into their home.”
- Thomas and Carla Mockabee
Vice President and Publisher, Bible Group, Zondervan Publishing Company
"On a scale of one to ten, I place The Navigators as a ‘ten’ among para-church ministries today. In my college days, The Navigators taught me the value of a disciplined life. In our Crusades, they developed the unsurpassed follow-up methods we use today. Thank God for The Navigators."
Rev. Billy Graham
"Close enough to comfort or confront, to replace self with Christ, to strip away the thin veneer of religious talk and plant roots deep in the Christian walk. That's the stuff of which The Navigators are made and that's the stuff that changed my life."
Dr. Charles Swindoll
"The older I get the more Scripture I want to know by heart. It's one of the best ways I know of to get ready to meet Jesus face to face. Scripture memory is one of the great strengths of the Navigators. The most influential teacher I ever had was deeply stamped by the Navs when he was in the Navy. That makes me a Nav grandchild. I love that Bible-saturated heritage."
John Piper, Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church