Yesterday and today, I’ve had the opportunity to lead a gathering of church college ministers from across the Evangelical Free Church denomination (along with a few other college ministers who have joined us). We’ve been using the phenomenal “whiteboard-collaborative” method, and it’s already generated some neat conversations among the guys and gals here.
So since I’m in the thick of all this college ministry discussion, this week’s Fridea is going to be a challenge that isn’t exactly new to this blog – but is awfully important for anybody who wants to be the best college minister they can be.
The challenge? Meet with other college ministers – including other kindsof college ministers – to “talk shop,” share methods, ask questions, seek wisdom, and even brainstorm together.
I’ll say it again: If you’re not actively learning from other college ministers, you’re NOT excelling at college ministry like you could be.
And I’ll take it a step further for some of you: If you’re only learning from other college ministers in your own circles, you’re NOT excelling at college ministry like you could be.
That means you’re not impacting students like you could. Your methods aren’t as great as they should be. Your ministry is presently behind where it would be… if you’d accept the wisdom of many counselors. (Not to be harsh, but it’s true.)
So how can we make this happen, practically? Well, it likely starts with eating lunch with some of the other local college ministers – with intentionality about sharing ideas, methods, and theories. But it goes further, too, along these lines:
- Setting up a conference call with other college ministers in your state who also work with international students
- Taking a trip once a month to visit another ministry’s large group and eat lunch with its staff
- Cru and InterVarsity chapters from a couple of different campuses trading a staff member for a week
- Attending a conference or gathering of college ministers, organized by a different organization or denomination
…or whatever other combinations you can think of.In any case, learning isn’t optional if we want to fulfill our ministry.