after spring break, choose one of eleven

I first wrote these ideas for the “deadish” weeks before Christmas, but as we look at vintage ideas for post-Spring Break, a few edits make this one a good multiple-choice brainstorm.

  1. Serve your heart out. In the weeks before summer, students need everything from Scantrons to car tune-ups to counseling about their family situations. Or, Finals brownies! Why not write thank-you notes to professors? Or parents back home? You can ask staff / faculty / administration if they have any special needs as things wind down. And of course, a zillion local churches and service organizations have projects this spring, too, and you guys could join in.
  2. Host. Why not host study hours or tutoring sessions during Finals? Why not make some snacks for dorms? Why not have a “study break” party? Why not camp out on campus? Or go really big – like Blackhawk Church in Madison – and host a Study Day.
  3. Share Christ. There’s probably an uptick in students’ focus on religious themes around Easter. Are there ways to share, with gentleness and respect, over the next month… and then to provide students with Jesus-exploring resources for the days after Easter?
  4. Teach. Teach about Easter. Teach about growing in Christ during the Break. Teach about “Glorifying God in Finals.” Teach about loving (and enduring) family this summer. Teach in some special venue, or on campus, or as a three-week intensive. Or teach ONE thing to your group – a whole new mini-series right at the end – that will get them ready for a revolutionary summertime or Fall Semester.
  5. Finish something. Your best option in these next six weeks could simply be to get that particular “to do” item finally finished. Right now, when your calendar might be a little bit lighter and students are tied up studying and such.
  6. Connect. Local churches – whether you’re a church-based ministry or not – are getting hyped for Easter now. How can you connect that energy and their programs to the campus you serve?
  7. Have a blast. For example, I think it would be phenomenal to hold a Game Marathon during Finals. (Ingredients: some ongoing, unchanging game(s) where the participants change throughout Finals days. Keep track of teams and points across the hours. Do it right, and I bet you draw a crowd.)
  8. Unveil some plans. “Did you hear that? I can’t wait until the Fall Semester!!!”
  9. Recruit. Why not add to your ranks now, or at least help students start thinking about participating in 2013? (More on this idea.)
  10. Make a splash. While every other activity on campus is winding down, what if your ministry did something ultra-noticeable? Fun? Surprising? Random?
  11. Tighten bonds. Or maybe the best thing for your group is to take a couple of community-building weeks. If your group was that much tighter before they left for the summer, I bet there would be plenty of benefits once they got back. (And they might even stay connected better with each other and you over the break!)

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