I was pondering “vintage” Texas Rangers yesterday – guys whose names you wouldn’t know unless you lived here in DFW during the 90s. But for those who did, they’re guys who might strike the same nostalgia in your heart that they have for me and for several people who’ve been reminiscing with me on Facebook.
And that got me thinking again about college ministries, and whether or not we build “legacies” of the helpful, encouraging, even glorifying variety.
- Do your former students remember more than just the impact of your ministry, but also the community and the identity of your group? (Do they even remember its name?)
- Do you know the history of your ministry?
- Do your present students know anything of those who have gone before them, the students who were impacted in their place, whose impact likely carries down even to them?
- Does the campus itself recognize the history of your group and its (hopefully positive) work among the tribe?
- Do ministry alumni jump at the chance to connect with present and former students from your ministry, to donate time and money, to point new collegians they know to your ministry?
- Do you have the type of college ministry that would actually produce “lifelong fans,” beyond simply a lot of active participants, committed members, and “for-now fans”?
This is a different facet of college ministry, and it may not be one that needs to take priority in your ministry. Spiritual impact is oh so valuable, even if memorable community and a nostalgia-inducing “place to belong” aren’t strong parts of the package.
But it’s probably worth thinking about.