when it’s just one, it’s just one

It’s okay to have only one ministry purpose.

I don’t mean having a single aim for your entire college ministry – although that’s probably okay, too, if you see your ministry as complementary to other ministries students will be impacted by.

But what I mean today is that it’s okay for a campus ministry activity to be focused on achieving one thing.

It’s okay to build a night around fun – without including a Bible study, worship segment, recruitment aspect, or attempt to fulfill another purpose.

It’s okay to have a message focused on helping students know, feel, or do ONE thing… instead of trying to cram five applications in.

It’s legitimate to build a retreat around rest. Or prayer. Or leadership development. Or covering one Biblical topic. Or serving a specific group of people. Without including any other purposes but the one, focusing the entire effort on achieving that one thing really well.

It’s fine for a session of a small group to be spent entirely on encouragement, if that’s what’s needed most.

There will be plenty of times when God reveals multiple purposes for an activity. But sometimes our best impact will come when He only gives us one – and we marshal all aspects of that activity toward accomplishing that one thing or getting that one point across. We may think we’re doing more by aiming for more, when in fact we may be only halfheartedly accomplishing four purposes when we could have really taken some ground in one.

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