Yesterday, I threw out a pretty random idea: basically, using “This Week in Christian History” moments to impact your students (or simply to add something useful to your Large Group Meeting).
But today, I wanted to dissect why that “random little method” – one that admittedly doesn’t seem all that interesting – might be a better idea than you think…
But here’s why we’re looking at it: It’s not because I think this is some particularly genius idea, but because it’s valuable to identify the components that connect well with today’s students. There may be plenty of other methods that also accomplish these things for your group! Whether this one idea is best for your group or not, one simple idea has a lot of attributes we should be thinking about incorporating whenever we can.
1. It connects to “roots.” As I’ve written plenty of times before, “authentage” is in. “Vintage” lends an air of authenticity (which Millennials require), whether it’s in the form of a vintage T-shirt, a throwback movie, or an exploration of the roots of our faith.
2. They love variety. How many “segments” does your weekly “Sing ‘n Speak” meeting have? Just two (singing and speaking)? Or maybe three? -if you count announcements (which, by the way, should be treated as really important).
But Gen Y students love variety – how well does your Large Group Meeting reflect the way your students listen to music on their iPods? Of course, some college ministries have already learned to include games, testimonies, videos, meet-and-greet time, prayer time, or other “segments.” A short teaching moment could be your next new segment… and if it isn’t, what will be?
3.It’s a waters-testing method. I think we lean too hard on a “silver bullet mentality” in college ministry, looking for the method, style, teaching series, or event that will take us to the next level. Instead, giving ideas a trial period can be wise.
In this case, you’d be testing out what – in some contexts – has been ultra-popular among students: the exploration of Christian history. Instead of starting with a teaching series, a 6-week small group, or even a Church History “elective” offered mid-week, you can start with 3-minute installments.
That might be a good idea for other things you’re looking to introduce, right?
4. It can involve students in neat ways. This is also a chance to use students in a robust way. Letting students participate in research, help with the applications, or even present the material could be an awesome way for even “rookie” student leaders to get involved in ministry in some really important ways (and in whatever ways match their gifts best).