bold statements (best of the blog – and a book!)

The most exciting day for me this year might have been April 20th, with the “firstfruit” of the yearlong road trip was finally published. That ebook, Reaching the Campus Tribes, has received enormous response from all over the college ministry spectrum (which is both humbling and encouraging).

Winter Break is a great time to read Reaching (if you haven’t) or even re-read it to get some ideas for campus ministry in 2010! (You could easily read the entire book today.) So as I continue posting some “best of the blog” this week, I present an intriguing excerpt from the opening chapter.

Of course, the entire book and all its great pictures can be downloaded at You can also see additional resources and a list of online venues that have discussed the book!

Today, some words from Chapter 1 that point to the purpose of this book and a glimpse at some of its “bold ideas” for the field of college ministry. Here’s that excerpt:

…So this short book is more proclamation than primer, more megaphone than microscope, an “opening inquiry” rather than any final word. It may seem to have too few illustrations, too few evidences, and even too few pages. But I hope this book raises questions and drives people to find out more. And if this book does fuel an interest in college ministry, then I and countless others will have many opportunities to share examples, spiritual insights, facts, arguments, and “best practices” for this field.

For now, this book is the urgent message I would share with Christian leaders over coffee, not the ultimate “how-to” for this vital area. I have focused here on the big picture, which means I don’t get to discuss all the specific skills, methods, and spiritual needs involved.

But the big picture still gives us bold ideas to consider. For example, I will discuss:

  • How ministry to college students is quite different from both young adult ministry and youth ministry.
  • How college campuses are a lot like tribes.
  • What commonalities are shared by the three “branches” of college ministry.
  • How strategic student discipleship is lacking in many Christian colleges.
  • Why a large, city-wide worship service for college students is often a terrible way to jump-start a college ministry.
  • Why better college ministry will lead to better youth ministry, better young adult ministry, and better missions work.
  • Why college ministry is “R&D” for Christianity.
  • Why churches with no plan for college students should help their high school kids find another church – and what it actually means for a church to have a College Student Plan.
  • How Christians can approach college ministry in many ways beyond the “classic” forms.
  • Why impacting college students is a far more practical undertaking than many people assume.
  • And many other important ideas.

[Download Reaching the Campus Tribes]

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