As part of my seminar on Student Leadership yesterday, I discussed ways to raise up leaders from within (or even outside) our campus ministries.

And one little nugget makes a handy Fridea for this week: Build a retreat, a weekend, or a series of gatherings around helping students find their “place.”

A college ministry I volunteered in once used their retreat to teach on and discuss spiritual gifts, complete with having students work through one of those helpful “spiritual gifts inventories.” You could do the same thing with personality tests – from DISC or Choleric, Sanguine, etc. to something more hearty, like Myers-Briggs. Heck, you could even try to get through the whole SHAPE inventory.

And before I could say it yesterday, two different college ministers mentioned using StrengthsFinder in college ministry, and I agree – it could be an excellent resource.

Finally, like so many things we do, you could also tailor a seminar or two – especially if you or someone you know is an expert on any of this – for the campus at-large. Plenty of non-Christian or non-involved students might be drawn to something that will help them, too, find their place in the world… and that’s a great bridge toward helping them find their place in the Kingdom, too.

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