There’s more to come in college ministry.
This site shares thoughts for pushing college ministry forward.
If you want to learn from a diversity of ministries, if you don’t believe there’s just “one best way,” if you hope to discover what’s working with other groups (even outside your own “tribe” and region), then I think you’ll enjoy this.
Maybe you help oversee a number of campus ministries. Or maybe you’re a college minister on a single campus, but you’ve got a learning bent. You may even be considering starting a college ministry – in a church, on an unreached campus, wherever – and you’re intrigued by the idea of approaching it more like missions than like another “age-stage ministry.”
Exploring College Ministry was born out of a yearlong, nationwide road trip, exploring God’s work on college campuses. It reflects years of learning from hundreds of contexts, dozens of conferences, the best-known college ministry organizations and networks, and a lot of awesome smaller ones too.
About Benson Hines
Benson (that’s me) created Exploring College Ministry.
I had worked with college students directly for eight years before I took a yearlong road trip to examine college ministry – in its various forms – throughout the U.S.. I realized that college ministers rarely learn from those outside their own organizations or their own regions… so I decided to help that change. Since that amazing yearlong adventure, I’ve taken several other major trips, consulted with and spoken to college ministries all over the country, and otherwise sought to help the field of collegiate ministry thrive. All in all, I’ve visited 350+ college campuses and discussed college ministry with several hundred individual leaders.
I was first won to the world of college ministry at my alma mater, Texas A&M University. (Turns out, it’s seen the most well-developed campus ministry climate in the country.) Since then, my college ministry research and learning has included dozens of conferences, hundreds of pages of notes, thousands of blog posts, one widely circulated manifesto, and much more across two decades in the world of college ministry.
If you’ve been around college ministry long enough, you might remember the old Ivy Jungle conferences. They brought together folks from around the college ministry world. And they exhibited a deep appreciation for learning from various contexts and communities – even learning from ministries with different methodologies, distinctives, and theologies. I aim for Exploring College Ministry to reflect that approach and spirit – not simply because I want to “play nice” but because I think diverse learning produces better missions among the “campus tribes.”
Step by step, exploration by exploration, project by project, article by article, I hope to serve those in our field and help advance what we do. And now I’m hoping to bring others’ voices directly into this conversation.
You can learn more about the rest of my life at the bio on my personal page.
As of Fall 2018, the near-daily blog of the past is transitioning into a longer-form blog, in hopes of offering more substantial thoughts for college ministry innovators and overseers. A lot of my articles will spring from things I’ve written before, collating, revising, and rebooting ideas from the past ten years in a more useful format.
More importantly, I hope to add articles from college ministry thinkers far beyond myself – if you’re interested in submitting an article, ask me for the guidelines first.