Last night I attended the Small Groups Kick-off for my church’s college ministry. We had a couple of inflatable games, hot dogs and hamburgers, music, and lots of hanging out. This is the planned opportunity for small group members to get to know their leaders, but it also functions as a great celebration of another semester of this important component of the ministry.
So I got to thinking…
Why don’t we “kick things off” more?
I wonder what it might communicate to our students if a college ministry celebrated – even with an actual party! – other starts throughout the year:
- the beginning of a new teaching series
- the commissioning of student leaders
- the start of a ministry or service team
- the start of planning our next mission trip (!)
- the hiring of a new staff member
- the very beginning of an attempt to reach a new segment of campus
This idea isn’t about trying to market these things; multiple “kick-off events” designed simply as promotional/recruitment schemes will wear out their welcome with students quickly. No, this idea is about communicating the value of these things and your excitement about them – two things we probably don’t communicate enough (especially about the annual, expected activities).
What program in your college ministry will start or restart in the next few weeks? Or the next few months? Could you “kick it off” in grand style?
Yes, we could overdo it and have too many kick-off events. But used judiciously, they could serve as fitting celebrations of the truly big news in our ministry. Even if our programs seem like “same ol’, same ol'” to our students – or even if they happen behind the scenes altogether – we college ministers know how important these activities are and how much they can impact individuals, the group, and our campuses.
How better to communicate the importance of important ministry activities than with a kick-off?
What – were you just going to make a 30-second announcement?
After a great summer of Frideas, I’m continuing these “big ideas on Fridays” this semester! And like today’s Fridea, I’ll hopefully fit the semester calendar (more or less). You can see all the Frideas, with a quick description, at this post.