It’s a spectacular time to do a hospitality check-up, since October is well past most college ministry’s major influx of new visitors. Student leaders, staff, and the whole ministry will find it easier to slack just a bit; for instance, even though they see each other regularly, students may habitually connect with friends instead of looking for people they don’t know (whereas in August, “greeting visitors” was more on their minds).
So here’s a handy checklist to think through or talk through for your campus ministry, as you recast the vision for hospitality mid-semester:
- Do student leaders know the names of every “regular” (in a smaller ministry) or several dozen regulars (in a bigger ministry)?
- Are students seeking out people they don’t know each week, or only people who seem “new”?
- Are next steps for students still clearly discussed – and are next-step opportunities still “open”? (For instance, will students still hear about small groups and have the chance – soon – to jump in?)
- Is the Greeting Team still zealous, visibly excited, and having fun?
- Are visitors still greeted from the stage with gusto… and are there other ways current students are regularly reminded that this is a welcome place for guests?
- Do you still do nametags? (It’s still always worth considering…)
- Are you, O College Minister, still making purposeful efforts to get to know names (and other details) better and better?