Since late January (after giving a Ten Big Ideas talk at a conference), I’ve been hashing out ideas. Ten of ’em. Ten BIG ideas.
The original idea for the conference talk was that any of these Ten Ideas could transform a college ministry, and I still believe it! Not all these ideas will fit into every ministry right now. But if any of these ten strike your fancy… God might just use it in a transformative way.
They’re basic ideas, but from what I’ve seen around the U.S., every one of them can be POWERFUL.
To wrap up the series, I figured it might be helpful to post a quick synopsis of each post. That way you don’t have to wade through ’em to find what you need.
- The Intro: What are these Big Ideas?
Big Idea #1: College ministry is missions.
- post one: Intro’ing the topic, with talk of tribes and contextualization.
- two: Missions means strategy.
- three: What makes a successful college ministry? (It’s not as complex as you think.)
- four: Missions means difficulty.
Big Idea #2: It’s great to be a college minister.
- one: It’s great to be a college minister.
- two: How we can join the growing national desire to reach college students.
Big Idea #3: Collaborate, collaborate, collaborate.
- one: Intro’ing collaboration, with some types of collaboration.
- two: Means of collaboration (a brainstorm).
- three: Some major college ministry resources!
Big Idea #4: Figure out churchmanship.
- one: Why working through the church-involvement issue is so important.
- two: Doing the hard work of ecclesiology for the sake of our students!
Big Idea #5: Help students connect with the biblical whys.
- one: Temptations (or how I don’t always motivate students with the biblical whys).
- two: How students are harmed when our “whys” aren’t biblical.
Big Idea #6: Beware unhealthy ministry.
- one: The serious and prevalent situation of unhealthy campus ministries (including cults!).
- two: It’s more than cults, though… (other examples of unhealthy college ministry).
- three: Why our situation as college ministers is particularly precarious.
Big Idea #7: Help students transition to college.
- one post with links to others (I’ve already talked about this Big Idea plenty before!).
Big Idea #8: Help students transition from college.
- one: One of our enormous responsibilities as college ministers.
- two: What will best prepare these students to keep growing for a lifetime?
- three: Specific ways to disciple college students for the Latter Transition (a brainstorm).
- four: Some teaching topics to prepare college students for the transition out (even early in their college career).
- five: The effect of making this a key point in the evaluation of a college ministry.
Big Idea #9: Think about niches.
- one: What’s a niche college ministry?
- two: Going niche!
- three: One way to determine a great niche for your college ministry.
Big Idea #10: Build your best campus mission.
- one: Build your best campus mission!
- two: Building your best campus mission requires building for longevity… eight reasons to aim for longevity.
- three: How to build a college ministry to crumble – enemies of longevity.
- four: Building your best campus mission also requires serious, regular evaluation.
- five: Keys to forming a good evaluation plan.
- six: Potential ways to evaluate your college ministry (a brainstorm).
- seven: Building your best campus mission also requires making aggressive progress!
- eight: How a college ministry might progress (and it’s not just by getting bigger).