Yesterday a year ago – not the date, but the Friday of Catalyst – was one great day on the road trip.
I had just discovered that Ravi Zacharias would be speaking at Virginia Tech that next week, less than 6 months after their 2007 tragedy. So I altered my plans, and instead of heading straight to Boston from Atlanta, I began working my way to Blacksburg, Virginia, first.
And it turned out to be my best campus visit of all. God is so good.
I wrote about that experience at length, and you can read any of those posts here.
But believe it or not, those four days provided some of the most significant College Ministry Truths I learned all year. Here they are:
- There are great principles for getting through a campus crisis.
- I don’t know all those principles naturally; I should learn from those who have gone through it.
- There are great principles for helping others through crisis.
- I don’t know all those principles naturally; I should learn from those who have needed that help. (They have a lot to teach us about unhelpful “help” and true help.)
If you’re interested, here are some places to start, based directly on my discussions with VT Hokies and others:
- On facing crisis: In Light of Future Campus Hardships
- On helping others in crisis (or in pain or even just in tough ministry situations): general principle in Help & Help are Not the Same Thing and specific principles in Of Moon Bounces & Granola Bars
Still in Alpharetta, and I’ll be sharing more thoughts about Catalyst 2008 shortly