a week of assessment: audit the old

This week, I’ll be listing some valuable “assessments” for your college ministry. It’s a good point in the season to spend a little time upgrading your ministry – so here are some ideas (new and “refurbished” from past posts) to do that before the year ends.

This first post may seem nit-picky, but it’s one of those simple things you (OR a student leader or other volunteer) could do pretty easily… and maybe make a pretty big improvement in your ministry:

What resources in your ministry haven’t been “audited” in a long time?

Not long ago, I was looking at some training materials used by a missions-sending organization. As I became familiar with the materials and with the situation, it grew clear that while the materials were still solid, they had grown a little “out of date.” Several of the concepts and ideas discussed needed refreshing or replacement to better match trainee needs AND the needs “on the ground.”

At best, these areas were wasting space and wasting trainees’ time. But I know that some of these modules caused frustration for trainees.

So do all your resources still match what your students need and the reality in your ministry and on the campus? Which resources haven’t even been looked at for over a year?

  • The Student Leader application?
  • Any (or all) of the web page?
  • Your listing on the school’s “Student Organizations” section?
  • Bible study or small groups materials you’ve written?
  • Your Twitter bio?
  • Handouts?
  • Training materials?
  • Your organization’s forms on file with the campus?
  • Advertising materials?

What else? What needs to be reviewed because you’re not absolutely positive it’s up-to-date? When will you, a student leader, or an adult volunteer get that done?


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