poles #1: cooperation vs. independence

Yesterday I announced the beginning of a new semi-regular series, “College Ministry Poles,” looking at key collegiate ministry issues that are often fleshed out between two extremes. My hope is to stretch our thinking, especially as we realize that in many cases, a large number of college ministers have chosen …

nuggets: it should be hard work

Today and tomorrow will probably wrap up the start-of-school series on what I learned during my first year of college ministry. But if it’s helpful, you can always point student leaders, adult volunteers, etc., to the whole series anytime at https://exploringcollegeministry.com/category/leadership-nuggets/. You might have noticed yesterday that my first year …

spiritual sabbaticals

It kinda continues to amaze me that church after church and campus-based ministry after campus-based ministry let the summer lie fallow for the college students they love. Not all students face the summertime’s prevalent Collegiate Attention Gap – plenty make it to Crusade’s Summer Projects, Kanakuk Kamps leadership, two months …

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 …