enemies of longevity (or how to build a college ministry to crumble)

I promised two days ago to discuss some of the reasons college ministries don’t always last long. This is part of the discussion on longevity, which is part of the discussion of building your best campus mission, which is the last topic of the Ten Big Ideas series. Yikes. Lots …

eight big reasons to aim for longevity

For those who desire to build their best campus mission, one key ingredient is building for longevity. If we’re going to build a ministry, we might as well build to last, right? That’s nice to say, but there are certainly reasons a lot of college ministries don’t last long. I’ll …

thought exercise: reinvention

Have you ever considered what a radical shift might look like? I’m all for longevity – of individual ministries AND their missions and basic methodologies. Once a college ministry has become as missiological as possible, then consistent improvement through tweaking – not reinventing – should be the norm. But great …

this-is-missions-monday: we need you to keep going

In Chapter 3 of Reaching the Campus Tribes, I discuss the major difficulties facing American campus ministry. After pointing out the damaging and widespread “Collegiate Attention Gap” in pages 18 – 27, I turn my attention to another major issue: The Collegiate Attention Gap is certainly not the only difficulty …

this-is-missions monday: will your ministry reach 10,000 students?

You may know that I published an ebook, Reaching the Campus Tribes, back in 2009. I was humbled by how well it was received by college ministers (and others) from across the Christian spectrum. And I’m so excited that God continues to use it (including in training present and future …

struggles in the branches of collegiate ministry

Last Monday, I argued that we who serve as “missionaries to the campus tribes” need to avail ourselves of learning our field – our “missiology.” It’s not enough for us to learn techniques and “Best Practices” (which I’ve argued don’t exist much in college ministry, anyway). We need to care …