the opportunity to reach niches

Yesterday I talked about the need for fewer ministries on campuses – or at least the need for us to defer to what’s already happening and examine it closely before determining that a campus needs our brand of collegiate ministry. Today, I make a case for more ministry, using a …

three conversations

I’ve had three conversations with college ministers in the last week that, in some way or another, touched on a single theme: The “Best Practice” of what I’ll call “contextual deference.” This is the recognition that sometimes our work isn’t needed on a particular campus, because of the presence of …

one step forward: knowing niches

Continuing with the series, another way you could take one step forward this year: Today’s challenge: Take one step forward in looking for “niches” in which your ministry could have an impact. The idea: Even if your ministry tries to draw students from throughout campus, there can be great value …

time for anthropology, not hail marys

I recently had the wonderful chance to sit down with a college ministry that’s considering “reinventing itself” for the next school year. I’m quite familiar with this ministry, so it was fun to look together at its past and potential future. The ministry itself has fallen on hard times – …