@Jamie_Hobbs, thanks so much for taking the time to watch the talk I gave at ReFresh. I am glad you enjoyed it and I really appreciate you pushing into this particular point.
You are exactly right about the local church. A church that takes prayer, scripture, mission, and community seriously should be a priority for all Christians. In that talk since I was envisioning the students going off to campus, I remained more vague, (which on second thought might not have have been the best idea) because of the various choices students are faced with on campus. I wanted them to have a filter for how they prioritize their time, keeping the listed avenues as the most important things to engage in. With all of the groups college students have to choose from, I want them to choose one that has prayer, scripture, and mission as a focus.
More to your question about how this has worked out in my life. At a personal level, I try to maintain a consistent pattern of scripture reading and prayer for my personal walk with the Lord and in my prayer times I am asking God to provide me opportunities to serve others and to share the gospel. For me, the mission starts in prayer because this is where I get the correct perspective of who I am, whose I am, and what I am here for. Since I am only about four months at our church, we are still working on fostering community, but the first thing I did when we landed at this church was join a 6:30am Bible study because I figured the type of people I want to get to know are those who will wake up early to study the Bible with a church community.
I feel the most growth I have had in my walk with God was when I was living on mission with a group where we studied the Bible together, prayed together and shared stories about our efforts to reach out to our communities. I am sad to report that I have a difficult time finding Christians who are willing to live this way because people are so busy with other things like sports, Netflix, etc. Part of the gospel in Acts 2 is the gift of a new community and I think this is an aspect of the gospel that we miss in the American church. I hope this answers your question in some way.