I’ll do my best to post some thoughts on College Ministry ideas about “first-of-year recruitment” by Monday. My hope is that some of it will be helpful, for those who have yet to encounter their “church fair(s)” or “organizational fair(s)” at their campus(es) yet. But I wanted to wait ’til I saw all the recruitment here that I’m gonna see for a while, and the last of it should be Sunday morning.
(I’m presently at the church fair at Judson College – it’s been an impressive weekend at this school so far. I’ll report on all the Campus Orientations – five schools in all – next week.)
In the meantime, here are some updates & other tidbits…
- Just like a college student, I haven’t really been aware of how bad the weather has been here, until I finally heard from parents, friends, the radio, etc. [In case you’ve forgotten, the Midwest saw tornadoes, floods, etc., that week.] It reminded me of how amazingly insulated students can be – especially in busy times like orientations – with no real knowledge of what’s going on “in the real world.” Even when the “real world” is just off-campus.
- The storms have definitely affected campuses, leading to various cancellations, some rough flooding, power outages, and so on. I was at Wheaton for the Tornado Warning, so they held us downstairs in the Beamer Center for a while. One of the guys’ dorms followed the Tornado Warning with a fire alarm, which meant they went from huddling in the basement to standing in the rain. And while we were “orientating” later that night, the football team was sandbagging the Beamer, which apparently did flood last year. Judson College (soon to be University) has had a pond and a river, which are now rather “merged,” and I think the water flooded some basement classrooms in a building. (The girl helping lead worship at last night’s President’s Chapel here praised God for His glory shown in floods, which was pretty cool.) There’s a picture of that building below.
- My ankles are crazy-sore, I guess from my travels from Moody through Downtown Chicago a couple of days ago. I like being sore (it makes me feel like a stud), but the ankle thing is ridiculous!
- This pace would kill me if it kept up like this. I’m a little exhausted. But this week (I can’t believe I’ve only been in Chicago for a week) is presumably the most “scheduled” week I’ll have all year – with orientation events all over the place, from early to late. All that winds down this weekend, with the last events (of this round) on Tuesday.
- Being a freshman is always an interesting experience. I’ll fill you in on my attempts to “fit in” sometime soon. I’m not a spy, per se – I gladly tell people who I am when asked – but there’s no reason to stick out during these Orientations, either
- Go Rangers.