the crazy existence of benson hines

I appreciate that many of you like to stay updated on my ministry! And like to help! So here goes, with helpful headings:

T-shirts wanted: help me share the glories!

As you know, one of the coolest ways I get to share the glories of college ministry is via T-shirts! In fact, this year I’m wearing (and taking a picture of) a different shirt each day, often with some specific little reason for my “Campus Tribe of the Day” pics. (I just started Facebook album #2, because the first album is now full!)

I realized some of you might want to help me represent your awesome college(s). And it’s always very cool to get local “garb” from the many missionaries to the campus tribes. This isn’t just for fun – I truly consider it important.

So for those who might want to help in this weird way, I would love (and proudly wear) any size-Large T-donations you want to send! For decades to come, you’ll be helping me tell the story of God’s work among the campus tribes. And this year, you’ll also help me reach my goal of a different campus represented every single day.

If you’re interested in sending a shirt my way, just let me know. Of course, I can let you know if I already have a shirt from a particular school (though duplicates are never a problem!). And remember – I want to represent every college I can, so I love to get shirts from schools “off the beaten path,” 2-year schools, and other places where campus ministry is present OR needed!

site visits: use my experience!

All of a sudden, I’ve had several college ministries contact me about visiting! The goal would be helping evaluate their present works – and more importantly, discovering all their potential next steps! (These have been churches, but this can apply to any kind of college ministry.) As I’m putting together my Fall Calendar, I wanted to mention the opportunity here.

With everything I’ve seen around the U.S., I can examine a situation, help jump-start a new college ministry, or “fast-track” an existing ministry in an extremely unique and powerful way. In fact, I really feel like this may be a “sweet spot.” Exploring collegiate situations and generating ideas are two things I’ve done hundreds of times on my own; now I have the chance to do it for those who are helped by it.

So if you – or a ministry you know – might be interested, let’s talk. I want every college ministry to have the opportunity if they want it, so I keep things extremely affordable. And by hiring me, you’ll also be helping me continue to spend my time helping the field of college ministry thrive.

For a few more details on that AND other ways to hire me, click here.

speaking and collegiate weeking: travels!

This week, I have the marvelous opportunity to attend the training of some college ministers in Missouri, and I’ll be teaching a session and doing some major Q&A on Wednesday. It should be a blast! As always, I imagine at least one or two blog posts will come out of that time. (Have I mentioned that collegiate conferences are the best way to learn about our field?)

I do ask for your prayers for my time! Most of all, please pray that I’ll be helpful to those college ministers and glorifying to God.

In August, I’ll be attending Collegiate Week in Glorieta, New Mexico – a top-notch training event I’ve discussed before. In the past, this has been a phenomenal week with a lot of college ministers (and college students) from both campus-based and church-based contexts. It was also incredibly formative in my own college ministry growth. (This will be my ninth visit!) So I’m thrilled to get to go once more.

If any of you will be at either of those events, let’s be sure to connect! And otherwise, stay tuned for some learnings here at the blog!

moving into dallas dallas: new digs!

You may or may not know that I’ve been living rather outside of Dallas proper for the last couple of years, since returning from my yearlong road trip. Happily, I now have the opportunity to live IN Dallas. In several ways, this will make it a lot easier to connect and minister around here, and it will even help my accessibility and ministry opportunities in general.

Plus, I’ve also got the neat chance to serve an autistic friend where I’m living, so that opens up a whole new adventure. Good times indeed.

news to come?

If you’ve made it this far, you deserve one more tidbit: Please be in prayer for the possibilities to come! It’s been an interesting summer, and it looks like God’s directing me toward some next steps as I continue to give my life to help the field of college ministry. We’ll see what He wants to do…

As always, for the biggest “scoops” and latest info, you can always join the 600+ others in the Exploring College Ministry with Benson Facebook Group. Those guys are my heroes, and it’s so encouraging to know that so many of you are rooting for me… as I root for you!


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  1. Hey Benson! I’d love meet up for some chili-cheese Fries and a Coke during student week. Shoot, I bet we (the state of Colorado) would even feed you dinner sometime, if you’re interested. Let me know when you’ll have some free time, we’ll meet up!

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