In lieu of a brand-new Fridea for this week, I figured it might be helpful to present a catalog from the past two summers. Unless you’re a longtime reader of the blog, there’s a good chance you missed some of these… or maybe it’s a reminder of some old faves!
So here are all the Frideas so far. Enjoy!
The First Summer Frideas
- Big Love: a special way to love on students while they’re away for the summer. Yes, it involves an inflated ball.
- People of the Text: using text messaging in college ministry
- The Unplanned Mission Trip: presenting one of the best ideas I’ve ever personally used
- Vintage Your Ministry: adding old-school elements to your campus ministry
- A Book or Two: improving ministry… through reading a book!
- Go to Orientation: observing your mission field at a unique time: New Student Orientation
- Fish Transish: helping local high school grads transition to their new college world
- Sit Down (but Don’t Shut Up): interviewing or collaborating with other college ministers
- Sister Campus!: finding a “sister campus” for mutual benefit
- A Horse for the Hunt: helping new students in their church search
- Thoughts on Recruitment: a whole list of thoughts on recruiting college students to your ministry, particularly at the beginning of the school year
- Something, Anything: doing something to make your ministry that much better – the “finale” for the first “season” of Frideas
The Second Summer Frideas
- Alumni Ministry: expanding your influence into the post-college years
- Where College Ministry & Student Life Kiss: dovetailing with the aims of the college itself
- The Map-bringers: a cool way to serve (and recruit) new students
- Exploring the Edges of “The Map-bringers”: going further with the Map-bringers idea (in all sorts of ways!)
- Stop Something Big: a great idea that we don’t consider enough
- To the Community Tribes: exploring how your ministry might connect with community colleges
- Intentional Intergenerational Integration: purposely involving a panorama of people
- Four Assimilation Additions: four easy ideas for hosting your campus ministry visitors
- Narrow Recruiting: a uniquely smaller way to think about college ministry recruitment
- Take a Week Off: letting students run the show!
- Sowing for a Start-of-School Harvest: preparing returning students before they return to school
- SHOW Recruitment and TELL Recruitment: displaying who we are while we recruit students
- Commission Your Student Leaders: helping your leaders see themselves as ministers & missionaries
Fall 2009 Frideas
- Kick It Off!: communicating the importance of our activities through purposeful celebration
- Leadership Farm Teams for College Ministry: preparing for future leaders through training them now
- Show Up: participating in the greater campus community, simply by attending stuff!
- R&D Team: a student ministry team devoted to ministry development
- Dinner for 10: an upgrade to the normal eatin’-with-college-students community-builder
- Point to the Purposes: regularly sharing the purposes of your ministry & individual activities
- A Student Leader Position: Social Connector: a unique chance for a sociable student to build community in a major way!
- Teach the Common Beauty: teaching our students to glorify God within their daily lives
- Campus Ministry in the Swinegeist: offering ministry when your campus has the flu
- Planting or Being Planted: developed college ministries helping “plant” others, or new college ministries seeking out another for wisdom & help (two Frideas in one!)
- College Ministry Collectives: joining forces & pooling resources, even long-distance
- Pre-Break Recruiting: a little recruiting at the end of a semester or quarter (and why it’s a good idea!)
- Fridea-ing in the College Ministry Freeze: impacting students during the biggest “downtime” of our year
- Adopt-a-Prof: Serving your campus’s professors with some extended love
- Help Student Leaders (any of ’em): Serving or training student leaders on your campus (and not just the ministry ones)
Special Spring Series: a week of spring-specific ideas from early 2010
- Spring-Specific Ideas: introducing this mini-series, with links to a few other ideas
- How Many: how will your ministry interact with high school seniors?
- New Leaders in Prime Time: adjusting when you inaugurate new student leaders
- Quality Control: using the spring for check-up on your vital programs
- Embodied Collaboration: a different source for future interns or staff
- Ministry in Last Things: taking the opportunity to impact in graduation season
Spring 2010 Frideas
- The Crazy, Courageous Combo Approach: Joining forces with other ministries for specific activities!
- Diving into Issues, to Illustrate Diving into Issues: Using current events to teach students the ideals of the Christian College Student Thoughtful Response
- Meet N. A. Missiology, Ph. D.: a special opportunity for the academically inclined
- Crash the Party: using your ministry’s numbers to bless somebody else
- I Feel Sick: developing a “standard operating procedure” for serving sick students
- Organize a Passport Drive: getting students to think about the world in a really tangible way
- A Student Leader Position: Administration: yet another area we can (and perhaps should!) delegate to particular students
- Scratch Where You Niche: have you considered individualized impact within your ministry?
- Crazy Collegian-Lovin’ Combo: for many, summertime cooperation may make perfect sense!
- Fresh Eyes: an outsider might notice something you’ve been missing!
If you’d rather see the posts themselves in a list, you can always check out the Frideas category!
And if I can ever help you think through how to apply any of this to your specific setting, send me a message. I’ll be glad to offer any thoughts I’ve got!