more like missions: presence

As almost the flip-side of yesterday’s exhortation to have a comprehensive goal, today I want to encourage you to consider how you might increase your “ministry of presence” this semester. Isn’t this what our own international missionary friends attend to, even in the midst of overarching plans and fundamental tasks? …

more like missions: toward something(s)

This week, I’m looking at ways to make the average college ministry more like a missionary endeavor. And I think one focus that characterizes much overseas ministry – that those in collegiate ministry need to adopt more often – is building toward something. Many international efforts do have a very particular goal …

the collective eyes of your local college ministers

How often do you ask other college ministers what God has been revealing about the campus, its students, and possibilities for the future? If you’ve been doing college ministry in a vacuum, listening only to those inside your ministry (students, volunteers, staff members, or your own thinking), you’ve been missing a …

dovetailing

Football season is a particularly good time for “Dovetailing” – the art of building some ministry activities into / on top of events organized by others. Tailgating as a college ministry, for example, takes advantage of the fact that your students are already likely coming to the game. Plus there’s …

not thinking outside the box. thinking pre-box.

I have the really exciting chance today to connect with an old friend and another pastor who are trying to rethink college ministry within their entire denomination. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to write more about our meeting tomorrow, but I love opportunities like this – just to sit and brainstorm, …

3 riffs on entrepreneurial opportunties

This comes from a post from awhile back, but it fits nicely into my recent discussion of creating an “entrepreneurial” culture within your college ministry. Here are some niches and complementary opportunities that would be perfect for students to help your ministry pioneer. Niches that seem obvious. Besides athletes, international students, …