note to a young, fundraising campus minister-to-be

I was recently emailed by a guy traveling to Dallas as part of his fundraising journey, as he ramps up to join a college ministry staff. Our schedules won’t line up, it appears, but after some good interaction I wanted to leave him with something to chew on.

But though he’s just getting started in the world of collegiate ministry, what I wrote him would apply to all of us – especially the last paragraph.

For what it’s worth, I would encourage you with one thing: As you make these fundraising trips, I’d encourage you to connect with other college ministers, both inside and outside your organization, simply to learn more about the field of Collegiate Ministry.

You have a chance now you may NEVER have again – to pick the brains of those who have “gone before you” in different cities all over the state (and beyond). Very few college ministers make learning college ministry a priority, especially beyond their own organization. But since what we’re doing is truly a form of missions, it’s so sad that we don’t learn from missionaries outside our own circles.

(The best college ministers are those who have learned the best skills, methods, and ideas out there!)

Anyway, take it for what it’s worth. I know it would require time that you feel like you don’t have. But after having sat down with 3 or 400 individual college ministers in the last several years, I can not tell you how much of a different even ONE conversation can make.

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