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 …

celebrate the best-of (or worst-of) – two frideas that look similar

Two ways to build community and culture are so simple (and so effective) they almost feel cliche: honoring examples of the culture you’re trying to build self-deprecation While these two avenues seem worlds apart, they can share a common mode, one method that can accomplish either (or even both): a …

four lovely questions for valentine’s day

For Valentine’s Day, a past post assessing the relationships and romances that develop within your college ministry… We college ministers need to talk plenty about “love and relationships” – those things are on our students’ minds, they trip up plenty of Christian students, they provide a chance to run counter-cultural …

13 ways to use those grown-ups

Want something new for the New Year? Here’s a post from way back about using adults… I would argue that any college ministry should consider getting adults involved. This is a common effort by church-based ministries, but providing intergenerational connections and using adult volunteers is a fantastic option for many ministries besides …

special celebrations

Last night, our church held an “international potluck,” bringing together many of the international-born members of our congregation (and another couple of hundred American-born folks). It was a great chance to celebrate our church’s growing international population and growing diversity, as well as to encourage those born outside the U.S. …

thanksgiving & the last-minute opportunities

With Thanksgiving just two weeks from today, I thought I’d repost these notes on last-minute T-Day ministry… College ministry rarely gets to jump into Christmas in the same way that churches do; even church-based college ministries don’t necessarily expect big crowds or much opportunity on (or near) December 25th. But …

underwater weeks & their opportunity

What happens when your students face an “underwater week”? The difficult mid-semester week, when it seems like all projects are due and mid-terms come calling and a paper or two still need to be written, is a universal facet of collegiate existence. My question is this: How do you use …