3 ways to produce a kind gathering

Yesterday, I wrote about the need to make our entry points kind to people, not simply attractive or student-drawing or student-retaining. Today, a few ways you can do that with your “front door gatherings” (like Large Group Meetings): Train your greeters (including yourself) to acknowledge new visitors’ plights. For those new to your scene, nothing may be clear. …

hospitality, usability, & mensch-ness

Ever since I took the opportunity to visit 165 weekend worship services across my yearlong road trip (a trip that was far more about collegiate ministry exploration than about visiting churches), I’ve been a bit of a hospitality addict. This hope for a useful “product” – anytime Christians are doing ministry – bleeds …

summit something (a fridea)

I’m at a “Hunger Summit” here in Dallas today, and that of course gets me thinking about how this format might apply to collegiate ministry. Here’s how: Have you considered joining with other ministries on your campus, to work through a particular issue or discipleship topic? There are plenty of …

the week they ran our college ministry

I last posted this idea in my “Going for Broke” series, which offered some rather big ideas – perfect for considering before the year starts! What if, mid-semester, you took a week off to let student leaders truly “run things” – whatever “things” compose your ministry on a weekly basis? The idea is straightforward enough, …

forty-nine tools, not one big machine

On Monday, I presented a challenge for us not to view highly successful college ministries or ministry activities as “machines” to be copied, but rather “toolboxes.” We should learn from others and their successful programs, but always discern which components are most useful in our original context. What’s difficult about …