While thousands of college ministries are jumping back into it this week, we’re moving quick-like with some spring-specific ideas. I’m categorizing these with the Frideas, so you can check them out here.
And without further ado, today’s idea: Install your new student leaders before the school year ends.
This is a method I’ve heard various college ministers extol, and it makes a lot of sense to me. The norm seems to be for new student leaders to step into place as the new school year begins (whether those are service-oriented or teaching-role student leaders). But it’s worth asking, Is this the best way for your ministry to make that transition?
When some college ministries take this route instead, they commission the new student leaders immediately following Spring Break, to replace, apprentice, or serve alongside the former student leaders. (Of course, for those on the Quarter System, that might look a little different – although the same arguments could be made for starting your leadership cycle with the Spring Quarter altogether.)
In any case, there are a few advantages to commissioning student leaders early, and they’re potentially BIG:
- Gives new leaders a chance to get their feet wet
- Promotes summertime as key preparation / thinking / tweaking time, because leaders already feel invested in their roles
- Allows former student leaders to mentor, co-lead with, or at least help / encourage new leaders
- Energizes the ministry during a traditional “energy dip” in the school year
- Highlights the role of student leadership / honors new student leaders in a more public way
There are several variations on exactly how this can take place. But the advantage of promoting leaders while you’re still (barely) in the school year’s “Prime Time” could be worth it!
And of course, if it doesn’t go well, you can always move Leader-Switch back to Late Night.
If you’ve got any spring-specific campus ministry ideas, let me know! I might be able to include them this week.