preparing your ministry for the pained

Yesterday I highlighted an excellent article from Harvard’s student newspaper, a reflection by a student facing deep pain. I hope you read it! It leads me to ask these questions, and it might bring even more to your mind: Are you raising up college students who are looking for those …

add a process

I’ve preached here before that, whenever possible, events should be followed by a process – follow-up equipping or accountability or unpacking the themes over time or helping students develop ways to respond or any other long-term effort that carries the momentum forward. That’s a big way to make sure we’re providing impact, not just activity. …

catalog the conferences, etc. (a fridea)

My church is hosting a conference today, which always reminds me of just how many conferences, seminars, concerts, worship nights, guest speakers, and other events happen in a city like ours. But I imagine that’s true in plenty of cities and certainly regions, too. So how often do you take …

what the local church can do (even if you’re not serving at one)

I believe I’ve touched on this before, but it bears repeating – and connects with a conversation I had with a college minister yesterday. Whether you’re a church-based college minister or not, it’s likely you have a plethora of programs available for your students through the local church. Whether it’s Christ-center …

more like missions: toward something(s)

This week, I’m looking at ways to make the average college ministry more like a missionary endeavor. And I think one focus that characterizes much overseas ministry – that those in collegiate ministry need to adopt more often – is building toward something. Many international efforts do have a very particular goal …

a partner-potential orientation

This is the third entry in a series called “Partnering Possibilities,” looking at the role partnership can play in a college ministry. Yesterday I wrote about the chance to use partnership as “delegation,” especially for new activities. Today’s thoughts run the risk of being redundant, but some of the ideas …