So as I aim to increase my resting quotient, I figured I’d pull out an idea from the spring, increase the scope a bit, and post it here. Not coincidentally, it has to do with loving on people when they’re sick…
What if your college ministry developed a “care team” to encourage, minister to, and practically help students who are sidelined?
While my original thought was loving on sick students, this could also work (and might be even more important for) those sidelined with other situations – family stuff, funerals, a service project or mission trip that cuts into school days, etc.
For the hurting, sick, or grieving: Families pile on the love in these kinds of times, so I figure it’s something we could do, too. It’s a chance to serve your flock – whether it’s as simple as having a stash of Get Well Soon cards ready to send, or it’s something extravagant like sending in the troops to hand-deliver flowers, notes from their friends, or a blanket and candy (or whatever a student’s mom says they might enjoy).
For those missing school: In college, missing class often matters, especially for students who haven’t had a chance to plan ahead for the missed day. Finding out which classes students need notes for would be huge. Talking to their profs about why they’re gone might help, too. So could “filling in” if they have some sort of commitment that really needs a fill-in.
Of course, the ability and mobility of campus ministries vary. In fact, this kind of ministry would actually be easier for a smaller group, I’d imagine. But any group that generates community and networked-need-sharing could pull this off. (In fact, if we can’t even imagine our students getting behind this, that might be evidence we don’t have much of a true “community” yet.)