I always want to keep everybody up to speed on the latest Big News in the field of Collegiate Ministry!
Today, there’s Big News!
It turns out Zondervan’s new book on college ministry, College Ministry 101: A Guide to Working with 18-25 Year Olds, releases THIS FRIDAY. And I’d argue that you should consider paying the $15 to buy this book to support college ministry nationwide. This is huge: the mighty Zondervan has chosen to publish a book about college ministry. So they (and other publishers) need to be encouraged that we will buy publications covering this vital subject matter.
So I encourage the $15 sacrifice. Before you hear the reviews. Before you hear about it from a friend. You read the book first; you be the reviewer; you tell friends. Or buy the book to give to a parent, a pastor, a college minister, a youth minister. (That’s at least 4 copies, right?)
I am not encouraging us to read any college ministry book uncritically or follow its recommendations without weighing their value. But simply purchasing this book supports more than just the book and its author. If you can part with the money, I encourage you to support our field in this way. This is big news.
Written by Chuck Bomar, the book apparently covers:
- College students’ thoughts on Identity…
- …and Truth
- A Teaching / Discipleship Philosophy for college-aged ministry
- Working with volunteers
- Necessary characteristics of leaders
- Developing a gathering point for the ministry
The book is written from a church-based college ministry standpoint, and it looks like that will be discussed in the first and last chapters. Also, as the title suggests, Chuck focuses on college-aged ministry, which I believe he considers 18-25 year-olds whether student or not.
BUT, many of the topics covered seem to be fully applicable for all of us. AND there are some solid recommendations of this book by some superstars.
Meanwhile, as part of the celebration of New College Ministry Book Week, I’ll probably post thoughts tomorrow on how I’d evaluate any book on college ministry (for all you aspiring Collegiate Ministry authors – and I hope many of us are!).
To find other books that connect to our field, check out these assorted posts.