show up (a fridea)

I’m always on the lookout for solid (though often crazy) ideas I can pass along to the greater college ministry world, including sharing the wealth in these weekly “Frideas” posts. Occasionally, when my deadline for writing the Fridea approaches, I really have to rack my brain or scour my notes for items that might make a good entry to this series.

But sometimes, God providentially points out a great idea at just the right time. That was the case this week.

In one of several cool hang-outs here at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, I got the chance to eat lunch yesterday at Pizza State with Clint Hill. Clint is the local Church of Christ college minister, and their group is actually part of a larger group of like-minded ministries called Christians in Action.

Anyway, one of the things Clint pointed out about their ministry is that they make an effort to participate in a bunch of the activities organized by the Student Organizations and administration of TAMUCC.

Is the campus holding a dodge ball tournament? Then CIA will field a team for that. Have they organized freshman move-in? Then CIA will be out there, serving. All. Day. Long.

And so on.

I’ve certainly heard other college ministers espouse this same “doctrine”: that there is great value in plugging in to what the campus as a whole is doing. Some of the whys:

  • Connections with the lost and other non-involved students
  • Participation as valuable members of the campus community
  • Endearing ourselves to the administration
  • Serving the campus by helping it thrive
  • Serving students tangibly in ways we might not imagine on our own
  • Recruitment to the ministry

So the Fridea, in a nutshell: Find out what the campus is already doing… and show up!

For some of you, this might be as easy as taking the Campus Events calendar and making its entries a major part of your calendar, too. For others, it might involve choosing 4-5 important events this semester and attending them as a group – and purposefully. Sometimes it might simply involve encouraging, pushing, and helping students to be present and active within their campus, and to know how to do that with Jesus-purposes in mind.

In any case, I’m not sure it’s best practice for our ministries to be “islands” within (but not really with) the larger collegiate community. And I’m happy to have been reminded of that fact by a guy who just happens to serve among the Islanders.

You can see all the Frideas, with a quick description of each, at this post.

Written from the University Center, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

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