taking recruiting seriously, part 3: reasons for the invitation

Another key part of taking campus ministry recruiting seriously is being prepared to give reasons someone should participate! Sure, many student-to-student invitations begin casually. A reason isn’t expected – just an invite. But very quickly reasons become important: Why should this person check out the college ministry? Why would they …

taking recruiting seriously, part 2: seeking a sheep and sowing seed

This week I’m exploring ways to help students take seriously the opportunity to invite others into your college ministry. “Recruiting” (or whatever we call it) is clearly a major part of just about any college ministry. And it should be: You have the chance to intersect with students’ testimonies (like I discussed …

welcome team in october

It’s a spectacular time to do a hospitality check-up, since October is well past most college ministry’s major influx of new visitors. Student leaders, staff, and the whole ministry will find it easier to slack just a bit; for instance, even though they see each other regularly, students may habitually …

sales, invitations, and a bad impression

Do your encouragements to invite friends leave an impression that longtime members are somehow less than? It makes all the sense in the world to push students to invite. You should. But as we’ve all noticed with “too sales-ish” email lists, pushy iPhone apps, and over-eager efforts to fundraise… most of …