Continuing from yesterday…
Building our best campus mission requires that we be serious about making aggressive progress.
By “progress,” I don’t simply mean numerical growth – although that can certainly result from becoming an even better college ministry (while some ministries will lose attendance as they grow better!).
There are many other ways a college ministry might make progress:
- impacting students more deeply
- becoming a healthier ministry
- more creatively impacting the campus
- better reaching the entire mission field (including under-reached student groups, faculty, administration members, and even the surrounding community)
- better preparing students for life after college
- better complementing and cooperating with other campus ministries
- and so on
Because we do face a rapidly changing audience (with nearly complete turnover every four to five years), college ministries may need regular major adjustments – not only to progress as a ministry, but even simply to keep from declining in our impact.
That’s why I believe that from the beginning of a college ministry, its leaders and supporters should plan on a lifetime of strategic modifications in response to changing students, a changing campus, a growing understanding of the tribe, and God’s work within the ministry and its leaders.
A lifetime. Of strategic. Modifications.
That’s part of how we build our best campus mission. We keep at the building.