So… yesterday at the RE-Think Blogference did NOT disappoint, although I will say I wish that many more of YOU* were able to hop over there and participate!
[*YOU = you]
This forum will be both healthier AND more helpful as it receives input from many different college ministry circles. So I hope you’ll get to drop by today and tomorrow!
To sweeten the deal, I have the humbling honor of hosting one of the discussions today! Plus, I’m doing something I’ve never done before – offering an open Q&A! Not only can you comment about my post, but you can ask any (quick) question you want about what I’ve learned from various college ministry circles around the country.
(Yes, in case you were wondering, I am also getting ready to leave for Road Trip 14 tomorrow. It’s a busy day!)
Why offer an “open Q&A”? Because it ties to the very theme of my post: We need to learn from those outside our own campus ministry circles.
And that leads to one more encouragement: The point of that post would be evidenced if CCC Blogference participants were to observe smart, helpful participation by college ministry thinkers from outside their circles! It does no good to complain about college ministries’ disunity and aloofness if we won’t participate together when big opportunities arise.
Make sense? Please engage the Blogference!
So here’s the front of my post, but be sure to check out www.metabelle.com for all the topics and today’s newest posts!
WHERE THE BULK OF WISDOM LIES
The majority of ministry wisdom lies outside your circle (whatever that circle may be).
I am perhaps the Poster Boy for large-scale collaboration. Visiting a few hundred campuses and several hundred college ministers in the last few years has helped me encounter wisdom throughout our field. So I’m happy to extol all forms of ministry collaboration – from books to blogs to buddies – but there might be one aspect of this area we need to “RE-Think” more than any other.
In North America, there is no college ministry organization, denomination, region, or other “circle” that contains anywhere near a majority of the college ministry work. And however we might measure wisdom (or at least locate it) – rich history, number of ministry sages, number of students involved, years of experience, years of prayer, years of thought, years of training… the wisdom of everybody else added together will always equal more than my own circle’s.
This means – by definition – that unless I’m collaborating with those outside my circle, I’m behind the times. And I don’t simply mean that my ministry is in danger of being something less than “contemporary.” I’m actually in danger of…