go elective (a fridea)

If you haven’t looked recently, you can see all the Frideas here – and find all the other categories in the drop-down list. Last Friday, I posted on presenting “electives” for our students outside of the normal activities of our ministry. Today, another elective-style Fridea: Consider presenting options for the …

when we have technology, do we really need a break?

For the first time in its 14-year history, my church cancelled services this weekend. (If you haven’t heard, Texas isn’t particularly great at dealing with icy weather.) But we didn’t go completely churchless – we were still able to run a devo from our pastor through our normal online / …

a more robust greeting team (a fridea)

Since I’ve already been talking about being good hosts on the “front lines” of our ministry, I figured I’d write a quick Fridea to match. This week’s idea: Create a “Front Lines Team” dedicated not only to welcoming at Large Group Meeting, but to figuring out all the ways to …

to avoid hawking hospitality, aim for purposes

Yesterday I urged us to make sure our Greeting Team (including anyone that provides a first point of contact to our ministry) is being truly hospitable, not just hawking our ministry. But I think the latter is harder to avoid than we think… over time, any position in a ministry …

hosts vs. hawkers

Just a simple question today about how we train our college ministry’s Greeting Team (you do train them, right?): Do the front-line students (or other volunteers) in your ministry act more like hosts or hawkers? In my recent vacation, my wife and I had the chance to visit a few …

ask the (local) expert: a fridea

Throughout your town (or in cities nearby), there are people who spend every day working on many of the issues that you deal with regularly as a college minister. When’s the last time you did a little “continuing education” by getting their tips and Best Practices? Who am I talking …

expectations we foster

Yesterday I had the chance to sit in on a smidgen of the Echo Conference, which my church happened to be hosting. it’s an annual gathering of “church creatives” – worship service planners, tech people, worship leaders, etc. In the main session I got to attend, I heard a very …