Not every campus can handle college ministry activities during Finals Week, of course. Some really do go on “lock-down” as students labor away in the dark recesses of the libraries, their dorm rooms, or IHOP.
But for many campuses, the last week of the semester or quarter could be the PERFECT time to add something to the calendar. Have you thought about it?
Here are some Finals Frideas, just to get you going. Do what fits your group and your campus (whether or not it fits some calendar you designed at Christmas!)
- A finals study day (with food), like Blackhawk Church in Madison does.
- A perpetual game marathon. As students need to leave, new students step in. Remember your color or your team, and we’ll announce the winning team at the end of the week. (I’ve always wanted to do this!)
- Service to all the Finals-takers: anything from food to free Scantrons to free tutoring to free massages…
- A short (few-hour) Study Break (with food & games & other fun)
- Prayer – for, with, about
- 24/7 respite spot all week long
- Take a break from some or all of your regular activities, if that helps students most
- Quick road trip – to study (in a cool location) or not to study
- Mid-day “chapel” services on campus
- Print a handout on the spiritual aspects of finishing strong, studying hard, etc.
- Give students something to give their fellow classmates (candy?)
- Get together with other college ministers (while the mice are away, the cats will play?)
- Cheer academic excellence in obvious ways
- Teach students how to get more money for selling their textbooks
- Midnight stress relievers (B-Movies? Campus golf?)
- Camping on campus
- Reminding students to (and how to) stay healthy
- Prepare for the most amazing Senior send-off ever
- Prepare to host parents, families, and others well when they come for graduation
- Love on particular groups on campus in some of the above ways
- Moving-out help
- Tour high schoolers around campus
- Bring to campus: Local pastors, parents, youth pastors, and others who need to care more about the campus tribes. Offer a “vision experience” where they look to the busy-hurried-anxious-energetic fields, notice they’re white unto harvest, and help the labor to increase.
Thanks to Mark Warrington, my travelling buddy for this first leg of Road Trip 14, for helping me brainstorm this list!
Posted from Raton, NM
Road Trip 14 update
states: Texas (#1), New Mexico (#2)
campuses: Midwestern State University (#1), Amarillo College (#2), West Texas A&M University (#3)
tomorrow: finish our trip to Boulder with hopefully a few cool stops, then attending the first part of the Ascent Conference!