When your college ministry’s students change majors, do they discuss that decision beforehand with their small group leader or their college minister? When they’re considering studying abroad, do they bring that up before they’ve made the decision? What about when they plan to drop a class, or they choose between a few internship options, or they want to date someone?
It’s a clear assessment of a college ministry – whether or not students have relationships and trust enough that they seek wisdom from within the ministry. I don’t mean “permission,” like some collegiate cults have encouraged in exerting uncalled-for authority. But Christians should be looking to other Christians to help provide counsel – so shouldn’t college ministries be creating the type of community that allows for that counsel-sharing?