Yesterday I asked my Twitter crowd what topic they would appreciate seeing covered in this week’s College Ministry Fridea. I limited the area to recruiting, simply because I know that’s something many of us need to hear these days.
Here were some of the responses I got:
So here’s what I decided might come in most handy this week.
First, I want to point to the 20ish posts on recruiting here on the blog. Just skim through the Methods / for Recruitment category here for anything that might help your ministry this time around. (Keep clicking Previous Entries to see more.) If you have the chance to scan through those, some of the posts might really get the wheels turning for you.
show & tell
But I also wanted to give a quick push in response to what seems to echo through some of those Twitter-requests: the hope for recruitment beyond the normal “hand out a flier and a cup” approaches (as my friend Brian Graves of CCF at Missouri Western aptly described).
If you’re wanting to change things up, I’d encourage you to consider providing show recruitment, not simply tell recruitment.
What about your particular collegiate ministry (and entire church, in the case of a church-based ministry) is truly remarkable? What do students tell their friends about, what do alumni remember fondly, what do you and the students involved get really excited about? In other words, what is remarked about?
Is there a creative way to show those “remarkables” – rather than only telling them?
If your ministry is known for having a lot of fun together, then you might consider something along the lines of the ultimate Frisbee idea presented above by Kevin Young (Christian Challenge, Mesa State U). That reminded me of one of the best collegiate campaigns I’ve seen – only it wasn’t for a college ministry but for a major student body election at Texas A&M. I still remember the Ricky Wood for Yell Leader campaign a decade later, because those guys took a very unique tack…
…they had a blast. Wearing bright green T-shirts and popping up all over campus, those guys spent a lot of time simply having fun on campus in various, public ways. I never met Ricky, but it sure said something about him. The campaign showed us who they were; they didn’t just tell us.
But maybe your ministry has a different remarkable to show: Depth of teaching. Strength of community. Passionate worship times. Opportunities for service. Whatever it is, you probably show it on a regular basis during the semester, whether during a weekly meeting or on campus. What’s keeping you from showing it during recruitment?
What’s significant enough about your ministry that it’s worth showing to a waiting campus instead of simply telling people in the midst of 223 other organizations? How could you even do that?
Let me know if I can help you brainstorm about how to show a remarkable aspect of your ministry – in the comments or in a message. Or give us your own creative thoughts on brainstorming!