Clearly, we all hope for more and more public discussion of college ministry – theories, ideas, explanations, methods, models, research. Books are welcome. Articles. Dissertations. Debates. Classes. Theories. Bring it on!
But because Collegiate Ministry as a whole isn’t particularly well-networked, we have to work extra hard to develop our ideas from a breadth of sources, even beyond our own ministry experiences and circles.
Some areas where I’m finding breadth to be particularly helpful:
1. The campus-based / church-based tension. College ministry’s position outside individual local churches is certainly the greatest “debate” in the field Collegiate Ministry. However, much of what I hear / read from both sides doesn’t seem to cover the actual situation very completely.
Hopefully more of us can have more contact with more college ministry contexts (and can talk to more college ministers from both models).
In other words, we need breadth on this one.
2. Evaluating uniqueness. I wrote about this during the trip, and then it sorta came up in the blog again yesterday. Basically, some labels of “unique” are only accurate inside a limited “region,” whether that region is geographic or otherwise. But greater breadth helps us find out what’s really out there.
Read that older post for more.
3. Creativity. I still don’t have a better way to spur my own creativity than by simple breadth of experience. The more I experience, the more ideas I have – not only because I can use what I see, but because those ideas have a way of catalyzing even more ideas.
In other words, the broader I go, the bigger I think.
For more on “experiential brainstorming,” here’s another past post.