Back in March, I penned a few posts on a theme I believe can revolutionize recruiting, an activity that makes up a lot of ministry (and a larger share of college ministry activity than in many other ministries).
That theme, or thesis, is that recruiting IS discipleship. The very basic argument goes something like this:
When I encourage a student to consider our college ministry [or an activity within our college ministry], I’m simply
- presenting a spiritual endeavor for them to pursue
- relating why it’s important and beneficial
- and urging them to try something that I know (better than they know) could greatly benefit them.
Sounds a lot like what happens when I sit across from a guy at Taco Bell and encourage him to grow in his use of spiritual disciplines, or talk about better wisdom for dating.
That’s one simple argument, but I highly encourage you to check out the first post I wrote back then.
So if Recruiting IS Discipleship…
When we realize this is true, we start conducting our recruitment a bit differently – because now it should be judged as discipleship, not just as recruitment. So as we advertise our college ministry in general OR invite students to participate in something specific, we begin to ponder things like the following…
Can you stand behind the ask?
Are you proud to recruit to this? Do you truly believe it would be highly valuable for those you’re recruiting? And do you truly believe it’s a “fit” for this individual (or for some individuals in the group you’re recruiting)?
Are you casting the vision for why?
It’s bad discipleship to say, “Let’s memorize Scripture ’cause that’s good to do.” We must share more. We should cast the vision for the wonders, power, and importance of God’s word.
Likewise, when we’re recruiting, we should regularly share the vision for WHY, for what’s accomplished, for what’s at stake. (It’s okay to throw in the value for that person, too.)
If we don’t cast the vision, we might just be saying “It’s good to do.” And that’s lousy discipleship.
Are you willing to say No?
If you recruit a crowd but someone who isn’t a fit shows up, are you willing to tell them No? That’s discipleship, too. So we’re likely missing a ministry if we avoid the issue, say No without discussion, or let them participate anyway.