An oldie but goodie…
When I visited Cornell a while back, Chi Alpha Campus Pastor Matt Herman shared an excellent idea:
Allow your ministry to bless other groups with en masse attendance!
Matt’s idea involved occasionally finishing their large group meeting early, in order to join another campus organization’s activity. For instance, they had noticed an organization devoted to playing the card game “Mafia,” and they imagined it might be really fun for the Mafia Club if an extra 20 people showed one night!
I bet that sorority down the street could use some extra hands for a service project, and that swing-dancing club might love to show a dozen new faces how it’s done one night. A senior art exhibition, a regular game of ultimate frisbee on the lawn, a campus lecture, a psychology student’s experiment… Recitals – of any kind – are another time when simply having numbers is a blessing – even if the performer isn’t in your group (and especially if they are!). Another great chance for your “attendance bomb” to impact is the administration’s efforts to rev up school spirit (especially at campuses where school spirit is pretty minimal).
The moments when your “union” of Jesus-loving students could bless simply by their presence are numerous.
And who knows? For a few students, these field trips might lead to sticking around, developing relationships, and building their witness over time.
And who knows? For a few students in the other organization, this wacky group that just-showed-up-that-one-night might be worth getting to know.
Is this a form of service? Evangelism? Recruitment? Kindness? Campus integration? Building relationships? Whether it accomplishes one or all of those things, you might see if there’s a way your group could crash a few parties this fall.