Happy New Year!
I want to start off another year of exploring college ministry by thinking about some long-range initiatives for the spring semester.
While we often get focused on the week-by-week nature of our campus ministries, there’s a big value in tying the semester together with certain themes, methods, or other initiatives. Depending on the activity, a semester-long focus can build community, reinforce learning, and increase enjoyment.
So to start that mini series…
Consider reading large portions of Scripture as a college ministry.
It’s been a while since I’ve read through the Bible, so I’m aiming for Genesis to Revelation by 2014. So that got me thinking about what college ministries could do: While reading through the whole Bible this semester would be quite ambitious (but actually very doable), there are lots of other options:
- Reading through the New Testament
- Reading through the (often untouched) Old Testament
- Everybody reading at least three chapters a day
- A semester-long “read an hour each week” challenge
…and so on. You get the picture. The point is introducing your students to the broad reading of the Bible (along with the in-depth examination you already provide). And if they do it with their small groups, with the ministry as a whole, or just with others who are willing to “accept the challenge,” these students will have a powerful few months in front of God’s word (and hopefully start some habits for life).