One of my personal emphases this year is trying to learn to delegate better. That’s available for you, too – even (and maybe especially) during the summer.

Summer seems like a great time to connect with your students (even if they’re back home) to see what “little things” they might be interested in accomplishing for the college ministry. Many are likely to have extra free time, and it’s a great way to keep them connected, too.

What’s the list of stuff they could help with? Well, you’ll have to construct that. Some things might be “vital” to your ministry, but many items might simply be helpful “give-me-a-hand” opportunities. Here are ones that come to mind in only three categories to get you started, but it’s worth spending some minutes on your own list…

  • your ministry’s social media: looking for needed updates/fixes to your various platforms, creating new content (text, graphics, videos, etc.), thinking through ways to make it better, getting your web site and other platforms ready for new freshmen (who might already be checking them out now), creating a “Parents” section for this summer, looking at what other college ministries have done with social media, starting a Twitter/Instagram/whatever for your ministry…
  • material content: creating “personal study” articles about important topics that students ask about, creating advertisements for the upcoming school year, looking for good articles/books worth having available at your campus ministry, creating “swag” like T-shirts or other fun stuff…
  • activity content: helping with research for messages for the fall, preparing to give messages for the fall, rethinking your Large Group Meeting, vetting small group curriculum, finding out what other college ministries do, planning start-of-the-school-year activities, planning events for the fall or spring, planning a mission trip, researching potential organizational partners for local service or missions or anything else…

Some of these things require special talent. Some of them require leaders. Some of them are more broad.

But all of them, with the right student, could be moved off of your plate – while giving students more ownership. What else could you delegate?