overseer and supporters

I figure just about all of us – Quarter System and Semester System campus ministers – are in the middle of our season. So now might be a good time to spend a little time upgrading, shoring up, or jump-starting our relationships with our overseers and supporters. Tomorrow, I’ll look …

many names & many ways: sbc college ministry for outsiders

On Monday, I linked the posts I’ve completed through the years covering various national ministries: Young Life College, Chi Alpha, Cru (formerly Campus Crusade), InterVarsity, ministries of the Association of College Ministries (out of the Independent Christian Churches), and a snippet on Great Commission Ministries and their collegiate churches. I write these …

this-is-missions monday: if you don’t help the outsiders…

This post will sound like it’s only for church-based college ministers. But it’s meant as an encouragement – really, an exhortation – for the two other branches: campus-based college ministers (both parachurch and denominational) and institutional college ministers (who serve on the staffs of Christian colleges). Church-based leaders can apply …

(even) more campus ministry variations

Instead of the usual Fridea, I wanted to offer a little more college ministry “theory” with a continuation of yesterday’s post. I noted then two of the big areas where we see major variations within the field of college ministry – Meeting Sites and “Tribal Reach.” Today, two more areas …

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 …

strengths in the branches

This week, I’ve been offering some learning on the various branches. Not all of this is news to most readers, I’m sure, but I still want to share what I’ve seen in the nationwide views I’ve had the chance to gain. Today and tomorrow, I want to visit the other …

variations in the branches

I enjoyed sharing with Dallas Seminary students yesterday, and I wanted to offer here some of the points I presented to them. But one of the areas I didn’t get to cover – fully, at least – were the variations found in each of the branches of college ministry. It …

determining the branches

Today I have the chance to share a brownbag seminar at Dallas Theological Seminar. I’ve been asked to speak on “The Four Streams of College Ministry,” introducing for students the branches that make up our field. I’ve found it immensely helpful to think about collegiate ministry in four branches. But …