If you got a chance to listen to those K-Love segments I mentioned the other day, you might have noticed that they focus on the high school-to-college transition.
Outside of those who actually minister to college students, nearly everybody (if they’re talking about college ministry at all) talks about that transition. Presumably, they care about that aspect because it’s the edge, the brink, of Youth Ministry. And everybody loooooooooooooooooooooooooooves Youth Ministry.
I’m kidding with my cynicism (kind of). But it’s helpful for us college ministers to recognize the “low-hanging grease” for our field.
Going for “low-hanging fruit” means focusing on taking the easiest “wins” available.
Going for “low-hanging grease,” then, means taking advantage of the easiest ways to “grease the wheels” of your college ministry… to smooth its path, to encourage support, to win fans, to help people care. We need the support; we might as well make use of our easiest opportunities to build maximum goodwill.
One of the clearest ways to get people caring about college ministry is to connect it to the transition to college, since that seems to catch their fancy already. Though we know our ministry lasts beyond than the five months after high school graduation, we may be wise to promote that aspect somewhat disproportionately.
After all, it’s some of our low-hanging grease.
Written from Stillwater, Oklahoma