figuring your flock, sans membership

It’s unlikely you have official “membership” in your college ministry, which makes sense. While I can think of some advantages to having something official along those lines, there are disadvantages too. But one disadvantage to not offering membership is that it’s easier for students to fall through the cracks. If an …

what they hope = how they experience your college ministry

I’ve been writing about “customer experience” in college ministry, because any college minister should care deeply about the actual experience of the ministry’s members, whether or not it translates into “numbers,” etc. One big opportunity to improve students’ experience within your campus ministry will arise if/when you become familiar with what they …

of spelling bees and internships

What role does celebration of individual accomplishment play within your college ministry? The Scripps National Spelling Bee is underway right now. While it’s not a college student effort, it’s edifying to imagine how these kids’ schools, churches/synagogues/mosques,, and even whole towns are cheering them on. How does your college ministry …

guest experience as a student leader role

Here’s an interesting student leader role to consider for the new school year: What if you set up a guest experience evaluator? I was listening to a podcast recently that highlighted this role at a church. While that was a staff role overseeing the church’s various hospitality efforts around worship …