I first blogged this idea about a year ago, but it’s a valuable assessment at the end of any semester. With some edits, here’s a chance to evaluate your ministry…

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. [That’s true once again for 2015!] 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 circumstance brought me to a thought for college ministries: How great of a “workplace” are we providing for those within your ranks? Assuming you have student leaders, and assuming you might also have adult volunteers or other staff, 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. They’ll simply avoid the overbearing / non-relatable / passive / micro-managing / somewhat inauthentic / fearful college minister or student leaders as much as possible. And they’ll work around a lack of resources, even if those resources are pretty necessary to do their “job” well.

But it’s a shame they’d ever need to.

How are you determining just how great of a “ministryplace” you’re providing? Are you sure it’s the sort of place where true concerns are being addressed? (Remember, many of your student leaders and adult volunteers wouldn’t even know their ministry experience is “sub-par,” since they haven’t had many such experiences before.)

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?