I feel like today went well. Thanks for any praying you were able to do!
I had the chance before teaching to meet with the University Ministries staff of Samford University. It was a wonderful 2 hours.
I love Q&A sessions, particularly because I feel like I get to share stuff people actually want to know about and because specific questions help me make sense of all the random year’s worth of college ministry explorations jumbled within my head. They asked some incredible questions, and we got Greek food. What else can you ask for?
Then, the class. I ended up teaching for a good hour and 25 minutes, then after a break we did some Q&A for another 10-15 minutes. (They had asked questions during the lecture, too.) I spoke on, basically, “The National Scene of College Ministry,” focusing on specific college ministry items I found particularly noteworthy in both positive and negative ways. By talking about specifics, I was able to generalize points throughout.
Then I wrapped up with explaining my overall thesis, which the professor had wanted to make sure I discussed. That thesis is that we should approach college ministry like we approach international missions.
I am not naturally an extrovert, and when all was said and done I was pretty ready to clam up for awhile.
If you’re interested, you can download my teaching notes, edited so they can make a little more sense for public consumption. If you have questions about those, just get in touch!
[An explanation of one point of those notes can be found here.]
Written from the Birmingham area