more big ideas for developed campus ministries

Continuing yesterday’s post from my seminar at National Collegiate Summit

(Mini-updates on this 6-week Road Trip are still at the bottom of each post, but I’ll hopefully get to provide a “major update” about next steps tomorrow – or even sooner for those in the Facebook Group!)

Idea #4: Clone yourself.

  • Consider how you might reproduce your college ministry: by planting “missions” on other campuses; by helping train up, send out, and influence future college ministers; by letting college ministers from elsewhere “sit in” and learn what you’re doing well; etc.
  • If you’re a well-experienced college minister, consider how you might reproduce yourself, raising up a new generation of college ministers who get a head start on excellence through your influence! Consider, for example, holding training seminars, keeping a blog (you can copy-and-paste if your wisdom is already written somewhere!), using an “apprentice,” mentoring a future minister, etc.

Idea #5: Consider complementing.

  • A complementary college ministry aims deeper, not broader. It doesn’t pretend to offer the “full” discipleship students need, but it offers a piece of that discipleship really well.
  • Examples include focusing mainly on one-on-one disciplemaking (as The Navigators often does) or providing a relevant worship setting with “no strings attached” (like some city-wide Bible studies).
  • New ministries can consider going this direction instead of building a “full-fledged” campus ministry. And even developed ministries – gasp – should be open to God calling them actually to pare back their ministry to become only complementary.
  • But a ministry that is “comprehensive” could also consider starting another, complementary ministry endeavor that works separately from the original ministry and complements the ministry already taking place elsewhere on campus.

Idea #6: Notice niches

  • While complementary college ministry directs its focus to a particular “what,” niche-based college ministry focuses on a particular who.
  • Examples include reaching fraternities and sororities, international students, athletes, dorms, campus areas, and some even more creative/unusual than those!
  • Similar to Idea #5, a ministry can choose to serve only in a niche-based way. Or a developed ministry might instead choose to add an additional, niche-based effort, as God leads.

The “addendum” to these big ideas discussed a better way to brainstorm creative ideas for college ministries. I will try to post that in the coming days. [I discuss that method here.]

Written near Vanderbilt University
No college T-shirt yesterday; it was a plain polo day
Visited 3 more church services; see my Twitter updates to see which ones
Visited my first college ministry experience of the trip, the college and young adult Sunday school of Long Hollow Baptist Church, Hendersonville, TN

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