finals is an opportunity

Here in mid-October (can you believe it’s mid-October?) is the perfect time to start planning how you’ll use “Finals Season” well. Whether you and your staff plan it or it’s delegated to student leaders… whether you aim for evangelistic conversations, relationship building among your students, serving the campus by providing …

3 riffs on entrepreneurial opportunties

This comes from a post from awhile back, but it fits nicely into my recent discussion of creating an “entrepreneurial” culture within your college ministry. Here are some niches and complementary opportunities that would be perfect for students to help your ministry pioneer. Niches that seem obvious. Besides athletes, international students, …

after spring break, choose one of eleven

I first wrote these ideas for the “deadish” weeks before Christmas, but as we look at vintage ideas for post-Spring Break, a few edits make this one a good multiple-choice brainstorm. Serve your heart out. In the weeks before summer, students need everything from Scantrons to car tune-ups to counseling …

after spring break, welcome patrick

While plenty of us are on Spring Break this week, I’m reposting some thoughts about what to do afterwards… next week, in this case. Here’s an idea I first got from Orthodox Christian Fellowship, the national college ministry for the Eastern Orthodox branch of Christianity. Their observations are true: What’s …

calls beyond the ministry’s walls

We’re looking at the possibility of distributing a “Call for Art” among our church’s membership, tied to an outreach focus we’ll hold in a few months. Targeted to the artists in our body, we’ll be seeking anything that better helps “tell the story” of Poverty in an artistic way. On …

eleven ways to use the break (a fridea)

It’s possible you’ll have some time to “ponder” over the Winter Break, maybe even a chance to get away with staff or key leaders to plan or tweak the upcoming semester. You’re the expert on what your ministry needs most, but I thought I’d throw out a list to help …