This spring, my college ministry-thinkin’ buddy Mark Warrington and I brainstormed a big list of ideas for campus ministries during Finals week. I figure that list may just come in handy again, so I wanted to repost those ideas now.
I’d also encourage you to check out Tyler Ellis’s end-of-the-semester ideas that he posted in the Comments on Monday’s post!
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? Even if you didn’t put it on the calendar this summer? (Why do we try to plan so far ahead in college ministry, anyway?)
Here are some Finals ideas, just to get you thinking:
- 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!)
- Serving your campus’s students: anything from food to free Scantrons to free tutoring to free massages…
- A few-hour Study Break (with food & games & other fun)
- Prayer – for, with, about
- Holding an on-campus or off-campus respite spot all week long, open ’round the clock
- 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?)
- Hang out with other college ministers (while the mice are away, the cats will play?)
- Cheer academic excellence in obvious ways
- 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 specific 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 these busy-hurried-anxious-energetic mission fields, notice they’re white unto harvest, and help the labor to increase.