the eclectic exhibition: variety, gen Y, & jimmy fallon

Maybe it’s ’cause I’m back near NYC, or maybe I’m just nostalgic, but I wanted to present yet another aspect by which Late Night with Jimmy Fallon strongly reflects the Millennial Generation. The show’s methods connect well with the Gen Y mindset, so there’s much we (as ministers who deal …

college ministry and backchannels

Yesterday morning, I woke up early (since I’m on Arizona time now) for the Christianity Today “webinar” featuring Christian Smith talking about emerging (18-23 year-old) adults. Really good stuff, and he’s definitely an author worth familiarizing yourself with if you deal with youth, college students, or young adults. Fortunately, CT …

nuggets: liturgy lite & rally-roasting

Yesterday I discussed the icebreaker activity we practiced weekly during my first year of ministry to college students. As I said, we did it to build community by learning each other’s names and sharing other info. But there’s another powerful aspect to things like those, an aspect that became clearer …

participatory experiences, gen y, and jimmy fallon

This is the 3rd post in a series on Jimmy Fallon’s Millennial methods. See all of ’em here. One of the clearest, most obvious (jarring?) surprises about Jimmy Fallon’s version of Late Night is his use of active “guest experiences.” From the first night, in which he had Robert DeNiro …

the brainstorming: chapel on campus?

What if your college ministry held a short “chapel service” during the class day, in a space near the middle of campus? That’s the outlandish idea I had in mind last week, as I wrote about experiential brainstorming – something I believe is surprisingly useful for building creative collegiate ministry. …

the experience

An outlandish idea, really. Last post, I mentioned how creativity can be jump-started via exposure to various ministry methods and contexts – including (or especially) those different from our own. (Read that post here.) Today, an example of a recent “exploration” that expanded my own creativity. The example comes from …

they want authentage!

Yesterday, I noted the recent Lifeway Research study on church architecture and preferences among the unchurched. The study also looks at “third spaces” (hang-out spots) these guys and gals find preferable. So you probably want to read yesterday’s notes if you haven’t. And besides the “official” article linked there, here’s …