asset-based college ministry

Do you know the term “Asset-based Community Development”? It’s a specific term used in – you guessed it – Community Development circles. It refers to building a community not simply by identifying its needs, but by examining its assets – the people (especially), the indigenous resources, the geographical ties, and any other …

two more edges to the super bowl

Starting yesterday, I’ve been applying my “exploring the edges” brainstorming method to Super Bowl parties, both as a specific opportunity as the big game approaches and an exercise in creativity for any events in college ministry (or any method at all, really). Yesterday, we explored the edges along the who-what-when axes. …

questions the “venue” model forces for collegiate ministry

Yesterday I took a look at the unique setup of North Coast Church, which splits its worship opportunities not simply into “contemporary” and “traditional” but into ten different – very different – venues. Fascinating, at least. And any fascinating ministry model makes me wonder how college ministry might gain from …

quick thought as school starts (#6)

Besides being brief exhortations as schools begin, there’s no real theme here… Let your purposes determine structure and methods, even when it’s messier. If you know certain activities need leaders or certain students are ready to lead, add to your leadership team (even if it was formally established in May). If your message …