A very simple Fridea this week:
Share purposes with your students.
How often do you relate very clearly why certain things take place in your college ministry – even weekly events or other very basic things? Have you ever related, “This is why we have large-group meeting,” or “Here’s specifically why we’re planning this retreat”?
Sharing what we hope to accomplish – explicitly – might actually help those things happen. It also gives students ownership and the opportunity to serve or lead. And it holds us accountable, in front of all our students, to keeping our aim steady.
Sharing our purposes also might make our ministry more friendly to outsiders, who may legitimately wonder why we meet or why we sing or why we pray in groups or why we have crazy skits or why we play ultimate frisbee each Sunday afternoon. Some will care more than others… but some, at least, will care. And whether they care or not, it invites students inside.
What if every time you had a large group meeting, you shared the purposes in a brief sentence or two (even on the screen)? Or what if for the next fellowship event, you (at least) shared the “method behind the madness” with your student leaders? How else could this function in your ministry? Is it worth trying?
As college ministers, some of our purposes need to remain in our heads (but I hope they’re at least very clear there). But sometimes, student leaders should be privy to those details. And oftentimes, the whole group would benefit from knowing that ours is indeed a purpose-filled ministry, and that there are specific gains we hope to make in every step we take.
You can find a list of all the Frideas – with synopses – right here!
written from Davis, CA
Road Trip 13: Day 5 recap
made the long trek from SoCal to Northern California, began exploring UC Davis ministry
total mileage: 1,880 (which seems like a lot for 5 days…)
T-shirt: the Aggie tribe of Texas A&M University
today: more time at UC Davis! (see all explorations so far)