infusion impact (a fridea on monday)

Somehow this didn’t get posted on Friday. Sorry about that!

I realize that most of us have to walk an interesting balancing act between pushing our students to be missional within their everyday campus lives and also encouraging them to be involved with our ministries. (I don’t mean those things are exactly in juxtaposition, of course, but just that limited time makes the questions of involvement tricky.)

For many ministries, potential (or present) great student leaders are “lost” to other opportunities – like leadership in their fraternity, involvement in an academic club, study abroad, or the host of other things students choose to do.

But if that’s your situation, what if you turned the problem on its head? What if we made a point of raising up, training, and deploying students with the purpose of impactful infusion into other organizations?

How this works within your college ministry could mean a lot of different things. Maybe you’ll never beonly an “infusion hub.” But what exactly are your processes for helping students be really awesome in their campus involvement? Do we just train everybody the same, and then when one becomes Student Body President we’re happy about it? I think we can do more than that to help that student walk with Jesus in the midst of her involvement (whatever it is). And I think we can do more to help that student have a wider and deeper impact, whether he’s leading a club of 50 or an orientation group of 500.

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  1. Great thought on missional leadership development. Seems to go well with your more recent stuff on campus integration. Helping our students figure out what it means to lead and bless the campus as followers of Jesus is a great way to love your campus, and a great mode of discipleship as it will prepare them to do them same later, in all those not-church jobs most of them will land post-graduation. Got to see several of my crew at uCalgary do this, and it was really good. Often it developed relationships between our whole groups, and not only the individual student involved in leadership.

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