a little more on visiting

Yesterday I encouraged you to develop a plan to help student leaders (and perhaps yourself) visit some other college ministries. Today, some tips on doing that, from a post I first penned awhile back.


What if you encouraged some of your student leaders to explore other ministries on occasion? It might make the most sense for them to go to other campuses to do that, but honestly either way you could probably arrange it with the other ministry’s director and all would be kosher. (Perhaps they’ll send some students to visit yours, too.)

Any of these sorts of visits will teach your student leaders to be better at welcoming new people, and they’re likely to see some things that stimulate thought. Both sides are important – for them to understand being a visitor once again is vital, so don’t just get excited about methods they might learn.

But of course, it can be great for that, too. So besides setting things up with the college minister (if you feel like that’s needed for this specific visit), encourage your students to look around. To ask questions. Even to meet with the college minister or student leaders afterwards. If one goal is to spark ideas for your campus and your ministry, then don’t miss that (and take a lot of notes).

Whether this exploration provides actual methods you can “borrow” or not, the goal is to spur thinking about what would work in your context. Often the best ideas for one ministry are derivations of what someone has seen elsewhere – not all great methods are broadly transferable.

And when all is said and done, make sure to debrief – again, asking about both their experience as a guest AND their experience with thinking caps on.

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