easter, and its opportunities for college ministry

With students leaving town and campuses often closed on some day or another, can campus ministries even celebrate Easter, or use Easter time strategically? Of course they can. Here are some thoughts from past posts about this week. If you’ve missed some opportunities this year, put them on the calendar …

your army of (overlooked?) editors

As a college minister, you’re probably creating something all the time. You plan a weekly message, you write a blog post, you craft emails to everyone. You write outlines for your leadership meeting, write curriculum, design discussion questions for small groups, or craft fundraising letters. Maybe you edit videos, post on …

taking recruiting seriously, part 3: reasons for the invitation

Another key part of taking campus ministry recruiting seriously is being prepared to give reasons someone should participate! Sure, many student-to-student invitations begin casually. A reason isn’t expected – just an invite. But very quickly reasons become important: Why should this person check out the college ministry? Why would they …

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 …

sales, invitations, and a bad impression

Do your encouragements to invite friends leave an impression that longtime members are somehow less than? It makes all the sense in the world to push students to invite. You should. But as we’ve all noticed with “too sales-ish” email lists, pushy iPhone apps, and over-eager efforts to fundraise… most of …