welcoming the initiative

One of the better known college ministry ventures here in Texas is Texas A&M’s Impact Retreat, an enormous pre-school-year retreat for incoming Christian students at the school. The retreat draws nearly 2000 incoming students and has now been replicated at other schools.

As I was just sharing with a coworker the other day, I remember when some of my friends started Impact. Now many thousands have been impacted since 1999, largely because some students had a big idea.

After college, I had some neat (and scary) chances for my own “entrepreneurial ministry” adventures – including, of course, the yearlong road trip.

So my question for this week is, Is there room for “entrepreneurial ministry” among your students?

As we start another semester, it’s good for us to imagine if something like Impact could be birthed from within our campus ministry, from a student or handful of students who have a God-sized and God-given vision… and run with it? But we can also ask if students are able – and encouraged – to begin even “little” initiatives that will enhance our campus mission.

Can you honestly say “initiative” is welcome within your ministry setup? Probable? Likely? Why or why not?

I’m going to post some connected topics this week. Should be fun.

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