Obviously, there are plenty of ways to use Finals Week for ministry purposes, but many of them require a least a little planning.

But what if you (or some of your volunteers or student leaders) have some time during Finals Week beyond what you’ve planned? Here are some ideas:

  • Spend time on campus – maybe even a whole lot of it (God can provide an amazing adventure, show you insights, and provide ministry opportunities)
  • Serve in simple ways (donuts can go a long way!)
  • Play (frisbees in the middle of campus are a service all their own)
  • Encourage your students (an email or some verses can help more than you know, and individual outreach is even better)
  • Spend the week – while students are still around – starting on some of the big questions you plan to think about this summer
  • Encourage your students to be on the lookout for “on-the-spot service opportunities” – whether it’s encouraging a classmate, blessing a professor, helping out with something on campus, or meeting other needs (and offer to help as a ministry if needed)
  • Help people move out of the dorms
  • Collect info about your students’ summertime plans and contact info (if you haven’t already)