Yesterday I ran into a guy who I’d known out in Abilene, while I was doing college ministry in that unique West Texas town.
And as has happened several times before, he assumed we’d been in school together there at Hardin-Simmons University. (I’d actually graduated from Texas A&M.)
But like I said, that’s far from the first time. Why? Presumably because I spent numerous hours on campus.
I would go to campus when I had other things to work on. I would go to campus to meet with students, too. I spent many hours there, working or reading – but also open to the various students who would drop by. One booth in the student center even became known as my “office.”
I wrote earlier this week about college ministers not doing activities that they should be delegating. But with the time you have, I think you could do a lot worse than spending time on campus – even enough time that you’re mistaken for a student. This is a diligence, a discipline, a practice that may only show fruit after awhile. But it’s worth it.
But it puts you around students you might not meet otherwise. It gives your ministry’s students organic access to you. And – don’t underestimate the importance of this – it lets you get to know your mission field in a way only a “ministry of presence” really can.
So as you think about the school year ahead, go ahead – get mistaken for a student.