collegiate ministry tensions not to be resolved

The theme of this year’s Catalyst Conference was “The Tension is Good.” And while certainly not every speaker aimed directly for the heart of the theme (because that would have been annoying), it was woven throughout – and capped off by some excellent practical instruction by Andy Stanley. The crux …

jurassic park & developing the field of college ministry

As I chat with college ministers and others who are trying to connect with college campuses, the omnipresent assumption seems to be that starting new college ministries is always beneficial. National ministries want to be on more campuses, local churches want to be on that campus nearby, and present college …

surprises from the journey(s)

I have been asked on occasion what has surprised me as I’ve trekked around the country researching college ministry. So though I’ve mentioned things along the way, I figured I’d post a better list of some such surprises. Maybe these things will surprise you; maybe they won’t! But my hope …

resolving and completing: an encouragement for college ministers

Several of the blogs I read (and others linked on Twitter) have been posting on the topic of “New Year’s Resolutions,” or its cousin, “Goals for 2010.” This is not that kind of post, because at present, my adventurous sojourn makes forward-looking a little tricky. Fortunately, I continue to know …

college ministers & a regiment of funerals

I had the phenomenal chance to attend my grandfather’s memorial service last night. He passed away last Sunday after a fairly lengthy decline in health. While we are saddened at this loss, the whole family is excited that those issues are now past and Bob Hines is now in the …

does your college ministry give spiritual support to smarties?

In two separate conversations with two professors recently, I Peter 3:15 was brought up in the context of how college ministry does (or doesn’t) offer students collegiate-level answers to their faith-questions. First, the verse: but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a …