I was “raised” on a ministry team model. The church-based college ministry I was part of at Texas A&M had developed a mega-structure of probably fifteen ministry areas, each with student “coordinators” over them. Above them in the leadership pyramid were four (or so) student interns, and above them was the college minister and any other staff.

And at each level – the coordinators with those serving under them, the interns and college ministers with the coordinators, and (I assume) the staff with the interns – discipleship and development were taking place. Not just “management.”

I don’t mean “management” derogatorily here; it’s just the act of facilitating and directing student leaders so they’re leading well.

But honestly, I think that’s probably where most college ministry structures land: It can easily be mostly about helping leaders do well within their roles, as opposed to really focusing on helping them grow as both Christ-followers and as leaders.

But that’s where “slash discipleship” comes in: When we start making every “position” or activity we can about discipleship. So a student’s not just a small group leader; she’s in small group leadership slash discipleship-with-the-college-minister. The planning team for the mission trip is also being discipled; their meetings are really planning/discipleship meetings. The Greeting Team meets weekly, not only to split up new students to contact or to talk about “business,” but also to grow together – as greeters, as leaders, and as believers.

I’d encourage you to ponder this one. Are your “ministry teams” (regardless of what you call them) actually “ministry/discipleship teams”? Could they be? Should they be?