Friday, I mentioned one way to use “elective” training classes:

The “process” following the event. Your big campus-wide event – teaching about Porn – draws quite a few interested individuals. So to help people (and the truths presented) stick around, you offer three weeks of discussing “Sex, Dating, and Why Christians are Such Prudes” in a non-threatening environment on campus.

Long ago, I was convinced by Tim Elmore that we college ministers rely far too often on Events, especially because we far too rarely follow each Event with a Process. This conviction – that the Process builds students better than the Event does – is one of the more important principles I’ve learned across the many college ministry conferences I’ve attended.

It’s not that Events aren’t helpful – they are. They can attract students, get students’ attention, even provide a sort of “mountaintop” experience or sudden conviction or excitement about an issue.

But following most of our Events with a Process – some sort of ongoing discipleship to “lock it in,” go deeper, debrief, etc. – makes a huge difference with how productive our Event actually turns out to be.