For the past few years, our church (where I work) has been named the 2nd-best “Place to Work in Dallas” in the small business category. It’s funny (and a bit annoying) that we keep getting second, but it’s honestly a neat recognition of a place where, indeed, it has been fantastic to work.

That little bit of trivia brought me to a thought for college ministries: How strong of a “workplace” are we providing for all of those within our ranks? Assuming you have student leaders, and assuming you might also have adult volunteers, how genuinely positive is their experience?

Committed individuals will live out their ministry opportunities with joy despite a generally “average” or even a sub-par environment. They’ll attend boring or unnecessary meetings, avoid the overbearing / non-relatable / passive / micro-managing / slightly inauthentic / fearful college minister or student leaders when they can, and deal with a lack of resources they need to do their “job.”

But it’s a shame they’d ever need to.

How are you determining just how great of a “workplace” you’re providing? Are you sure it’s the sort of place where true concerns are being addressed? (It’s important for us to realize that many of our student leaders and adult volunteers wouldn’t even know their ministry experience is “sub-par,” since they haven’t had many.) Have you provided the kind of place student leaders or adult volunteers will forever trumpet as “a really cool part of my testimony,” or will it just be a dimly-remembered blip in their pursuit of impact?