“college student plans” vs. classic college ministry approaches in churches – and why you should care, even if you’re in campus-based college ministry

I mentioned yesterday that I have the chance to speak at the national EV Free church leaders’ convention this week. Today, why my topic matters to everyone in college ministry, not just churches. I care – deeply – about college ministry in all its branches, including certainly campus-based ministry, collegiate …

surprises in the branches of college ministry

As I wrote yesterday, I’m finding a 4-branch categorization most useful for thinking about American college ministry. Since it was on my mind (and since I shared about these things at my seminar last weekend), I thought I’d do a little riff on the four branches – particularly some points …

the FOUR branches

Back in October, I blogged about adding another “branch” to my categorization of college ministries. Previously, I had always discussed three branches: campus-based college ministry, church-based college ministry, and the formal discipleship that takes place in Christian colleges. I realized, however, that the prevalence and distinctives of collegiate churches might …

growing the branches of college ministry

I believe I first outlined my classification of the “three branches” of college ministry in a post way back in February 2008 (written only a few hundred miles south of here, during the yearlong road trip). I had variously referred to those three branches before and since, including in my …

Christian college advantages & challenges (from a college ministry perspective)

While Christian Higher Education and Collegiate Ministry aren’t the same field (as I wrote yesterday), clearly there are instances when their purposes and experiences overlap. Plus, plenty of college ministers deal with students attending a Christian college. (Of course, that includes chaplains at those very schools, but other ministers may …

what chaplains bring to the table

I’m using the term “chaplain” as my catch-all term for the people at Christian colleges involved in impacting students in specialized, relevant ways. It’s easier than writing “University Ministries director,” “spiritual life director,” “Vice President for Spiritual Development,” “Dean of the Chapel,” and so on. But that’s what I mean! …

Christian colleges and my counterpoint to criticism

My friend Chuck Bomar has recently blogged some concerns about Christian colleges, and he said he plans to continue for a few months. So I want to offer a counterpoint based on what I’ve researched. This is a discussion that matters for all of college ministry, for a few reasons …

college ministry on a 9-tional stage

One of the great parts of a road trip is finding good ways to use the car-time. Listening to important stuff is one of those best practices. (If you want updates on the trip itself, you’ll be able to find that each day at the bottom of the post in …