My talk at the NACCAP conference last week covered two basic, important topics that every college minister should be prepared to chat about with anyone “sending” students into the college world: parents, youth pastors, pastors, or – in this case – high school counselors.
- What college ministry looks like nationally
- What they can do to prepare students for spiritual success in college
I neglected to share with you faithful blog readers about how my seminar went Friday – sorry about that! It seems to have gonereally well, and I heard some great feedback. I was also happy with the PowerPoint I was able to create, using several pictures from my trips to illustrate my points. Fun stuff.
Here’s the outline from my talk. If you want more explanation, just ask! Also, if I can help you OR local “senders” (youth pastors, high school counselors, parents, pastors) think about this stuff, contact me!
“NOTES FROM A YEARLONG ROAD TRIP” · NACCAP 2009
FOUR ASPECTS OF THE NATIONAL SCENE OF COLLEGE MINISTRY
1. The right college ministry can be life world-changing
– There are a bunch of great college ministries out there.
2. There is an enormous Collegiate Attention Gap (among Christians)
– For more on this, check out chapter 3 of my book.
3. Colleges don’t have moving walkways (and neither do college ministries)
– Transition into college is going poorly, and assimilation into strong Christian community is far from automatic.
4. Church seems a long way off.
– Local churches AND students’ home churches often do not have strong College Student Plans, and campus-based ministries and Christian colleges don’t always do a good job of helping students connect significantly to local churches.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PASS THE BATON WELL
(applicable for anyone “sending” high school graduates into college)
1. Prepare students directly
2. Clue others in to the importance of a good transition
3. Use others’ wisdom to help prepare students
(I fleshed out those three ideas in a post the following week – click here for that.)
Written from Motel 6, Springfield, MO
Road Trip #11 update (Day 43)
yesterday’s T-shirt: the Cardinal tribe of University of Louisville
new campus yesterday: Saint Louis University
mileage so far: 5,958
(click here to see all the explorations from Road Trip #11)