welcome team in october

It’s a spectacular time to do a hospitality check-up, since October is well past most college ministry’s major influx of new visitors. Student leaders, staff, and the whole ministry will find it easier to slack just a bit; for instance, even though they see each other regularly, students may habitually …

the joy of art

I’ve gotten a couple of chances to play in my creative side recently here at work. A report I planned to give to my team presented an opportunity to share data with gusto. And a video I shot allowed for some freewheeling fun. So I’ve got a question for you: …

is this truly a value in your college ministry?

As I noted, last week I was immersed in two different conferences – which means, of course, that I had two chances to learn some college ministry principles – not because these were “campus ministry conferences” per se, but because we can always be learning about this field. So that’s …

to avoid hawking hospitality, aim for purposes

Yesterday I urged us to make sure our Greeting Team (including anyone that provides a first point of contact to our ministry) is being truly hospitable, not just hawking our ministry. But I think the latter is harder to avoid than we think… over time, any position in a ministry …

what you do in week 2: lenses & eggs

What do we do after we’ve begun? This week, I’m discussing ways you can use early weeks of the semester to maximize your ministry’s impact. For the rationale, read the intro post; for the whole What You Do in Week Two series, click here. observe the actual first impressions WEEK …

perception is hospitality-reality

As I’m working my way through this series on Hospitality in College Ministry, a vital note: Perceptions always matter, but even more so in aiming for hospitality. We’ve all had moments of sadness when we hear that students who visited our ministries didn’t feel welcomed. But we’ve also probably (wisely) …