take a week off (a fridea on saturday)

This week’s Fridea is your chance – in the summer or in the school year – to give your students a taste of what you do each week.

What if you took a week off and let student leaders “run things” all week – whatever “things” happen to compose your ministry?

I think that idea’s self-explanatory enough, but here are some thoughts if you need ’em:

  • Leader qualifications still apply; students who wouldn’t shepherd other students when you’re present certainly shouldn’t while you’re absent.
  • Your “absence” is a relative idea. Some of you might give students the reins but keep a present, watchful eye. Others may choose to step out completely and simply be “on call” all week.
  • Of course, it doesn’t have to be a full week OR you don’t have to be absent from everything. It’s your call.
  • Be sure to prepare your students.
  • Be sure to debrief your students when it’s all done.
  • Prepare yourself – for a weird ministry week… and for a few great new methods that you’d never thought of.

Oh, and one more:

  • Don’t smile too much at your students’ challenges, and repeat after me: this isn’t revenge, it’s discipleship!

As always, we start with purposes, not with a “cool idea” that we then make up “purposes” for. If this method doesn’t match what God desires to accomplish now in your ministry, shelve it; it might come in handy later on.

But… the Categories I put this particular post into (under the headline) reflect some of the potential purposes this idea could fulfill. Any other potential benefits you can think of?

For the entire growing list of Frideas (various unique college ministry methods), go here.


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