going out the back door starts with coming in the front

This week I’ve been contemplating some basics about the “back door” of a college ministry – how and why students exit. (Read here and here.) But it’s important to remember that the old principle, “What wins them, keeps them,” applies here. Many students drift away from a college ministry because …

figure out a family (the fridea)

“Adopt-a-student” programs aren’t unusual within church-based college ministries, but even for those guys it’s an idea definitely worth spending a Fridea on… and it’s worth every other branch of college ministry considering how they, too, can connect students with individual families. The idea, if you’re unfamiliar, is for a church …

plugging in now vs. plugging in then (a thinking-cap fridea)

Here’s a question for you: If someone new visits your college ministry this week, how likely are they to become regulars? Are they more or less likely than if they’d visited last September? That assessment is this week’s Fridea! There are plenty of variables here, but it might be useful …

accountable organic community

It’s paradoxical to talk about developing organic community through structures, including accountability. But the truth is, that’s a paradox we have to live in. Your student leaders will build community if someone’s challenging them to do so… and checking up to see if they’re doing it. How often do you …

thanksgiving requires think-giving

A holiday like Thanksgiving shouldn’t pass without college ministers pondering how they might leverage it. And yes, Thanksgiving is a prime opportunity – with weird schedules, unique groups of students “left” on campus, and more. I’ve posted these potential opportunities before, but they’re worth revisiting: Service projects. Find out some …