As I had hoped, my “casual consultation” yesterday was fantastic. It was exciting to see three individuals – a present senior pastor, a present church planter, and a minister-in-training – conspiring to impact college students.
One of the many topics that came up in our two hours was the value of intergenerational connections. While it’s on my mind, I wanted to repost something from a few years ago that speaks to that very idea – something all of us, even if we’re doing parachurch ministry, need to consider.
seasoning with the seasoned
One of the ingredients in shortest supply in the world of college ministry is old people.
There, I said it.
I really believe college students benefit from intergenerational connections. And while it’s not insignificant that you, their college minister, are most likely in a different lifestage from themselves, have you considered adding more of those connections within your campus ministry?
(I fully recognize that this runs counter to the way many of us – especially those in campus-based college ministry – work. But that’s the point of bringing it up!)
“Old people,” when we’re talking about college students, can mean anybody from 23 (or so) to 103 (or so). And I honestly think students benefit from interacting with people across that entire span:
- Single Young Adults (who live out their faith in the world your students will inhabit next)
- Young Married People (who likewise are living out a next-step or soon-step for the collegians)
- Older Single Adults (who offer a life worth emulating and a chance for students to doubt the “I’ve gotta get married!” mentality)
- Married People with Families (who give college students something awesome to aim for)
- Senior Adults (who hopefully have all kinds of wisdom to offer)
So how ’bout it? Might it be impactful to “import” some slightly-more-“seasoned” saints into your college ministry this year?