lay of the land

Will you take any time over Christmas to connect with other ministers from your campus? If you do, how much time will you spend talking about the “lay of the land” – on your campus and in your individual ministries?

I realize that some campus ministers might have declared a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy when it comes to describing their ministries’ numbers, successes, troubles, and other objective and subjective facts. But I think that’s a worse-case scenario, useful only when unity proves difficult to achieve otherwise.

In general, I think it’s really healthy for ministers to be at the place where they can share about what’s going on, using real numbers and real descriptions, and discussing both the positive and negative aspects of the past semester.

What’s more, we should be sharing with each other what we’re seeing God doing, what concerns He seems to be placing on our hearts, and where we feel Him leading in regards to teaching, events, and other strategies.

Why am I so keen on this? Because I believe we’re at our best when we see the true “lay of the land,” and that’s only possible when we get information from those outside our bubble. It’s good for us to know that our numbers are down but another ministries’ numbers are up… or else that everybody’s down, or everybody’s up, or some other combination. It’s good for us to realize that God has laid the same thing on multiple ministers’ hearts.

And so on.

The next few weeks are a great time to huddle with the people in town who most understand the work you do – other college ministers, even though they’re coming from different organizations or different branches of our field.

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