My cousin works in a church-based college ministry, and the other day she was describing taking a few summertime students to one of the church’s classes on Sunday mornings. There are a couple of options each month.

Some churches offer lots of opportunities like that – opportunities to pick what a person wants to / needs to learn. But not every church college ministry is in a church with those kinds of options… and what about the other college ministries that aren’t housed in churches?

The point of all this is to wonder aloud if college ministries couldn’t find ways to introduce “electives” into their teaching options. For all the emphasis many of us put on speaking, teaching, and small groups, it seems like there’s room for offering some options. It certainly fits the Millennial students we’re reaching, and it might also be a recruiting point for your ministry, too.

Some college ministries already do, of course (especially in small groups). But does yours? Why or why not?


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  2. Todd Magruder

    Benson– Thanks for all you do! I appreciate your work!
    This is a random question, but here goes… I like to use the summer to plan my Fall teaching theme. What are the resources I (we) should be aware of out there to help with planning a semester’s worth of teaching? Again, thanks!

  3. Hey Todd!

    Sorry it’s taken me so long to get back on this one – all the July 4th festivities threw me off.

    Honestly, I’m not sure where to point you without a topic / topics – once you know what you want to teach about, then I might have some ideas for content. But as for coming up with those topics… I wouldn’t go from a list or somebody else’s “playbook”; I always encourage groups to think first about what purposes you feel God would have you accomplish – fill in the purposes BEFORE you think about the methods. What’s He been showing your group already? What are some sin-spots that are holding your group back? What are some “barn-building” topics that will help fuel your ministry’s growth in the future? And so on.

    You might check out the “Backwards College Ministry” category – it might help think through this: https://exploringcollegeministry.com/category/special-series-trips/backwards-college-ministry/

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