serving the sick & the class-missing

I’m sick today. Some sort of head-cold. Ug.

Apparently I was sick right about this time last year, when I wrote the post below (but I’ll add a little bit for today). It’s a good one (in my humble opinion), and there’s a lot you could do with it here at the beginning of the semester!

What if your college ministry developed a “care team” to encourage, minister to, and practically help students who are sidelined?

While my original thought here 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.

Before a team was developed, staff could be ready to handle this simple, awesome chance for service. But the more preparation you can do beforehand – assembling a team, buying materials for Care Packages, writing up a few plans – the better you’ll serve students in tough (or tough-ish) times.

This is all a chance to serve your flock – whether it’s as simple as having a stash of Get Well Soon cards ready to send, or 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 – yes, you can call their parents to get ideas, and their parents will likely really appreciate your gesture).

For those missing school: Unlike high school, missing a college class often matters, especially when a student hasn’t planned ahead for the missed day. Does a student need to borrow somebody’s notes from class? Do they need info on assignments they can be working on? Talking to their profs about why a student is out 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 might 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 kind of effort, we might not have developed much of a true “community” yet.)


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