direction via whom God brings

Adding to a past post, here’s one principle for considering what God might have for the future of our college ministry.

The principle? As God draws individuals into your ministry, He could often use their attributes to help set the course for your ministry.

For example, an influx of fraternity students into your ministry this spring might indicate you should explore opportunities within their frat houses. If God brings a student with disabilities, that might be a chance not simply to meet individual needs, but also to pray about how that community might be better reached for Christ. If upperclassmen begin to choose your ministry, it’s worth praying through whether you should begin to recruit with special emphasis among the Juniors and Seniors.

Whom He brings to your ministry is no accident, right? We say that a lot – “God brought everyone here tonight for a reason” – but don’t always think about the ramifications for us. Certainly, this doesn’t mean that every type of student needs to be met with an entirely new focus or niche-based ministry. But while avoiding the “knee-jerk response” and snap judgment (as I wrote last week), we also consider whether a new student or a group of new students might be used by God to point us in a certain direction.

And one more note: From a hospitality standpoint, it’s yet another reason to get to know people enough that we can see ways God might be directing us through whom He brings our way. A party host surely tries to get to know her guests at some level; are we at least offering that same level of hospitality within our ministries? Would we even know if God was bringing 10 people from the same sports team?

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