supporting the summertime campus

What happens at your campus during the summer? Is it “business as usual,” albeit with a bit smaller attendance? While hundreds or thousands of students might indeed be taking classes this summer, even then there’s a good chance some irregular things are taking place, too – from summer camps to …

guest experience as a student leader role

Here’s an interesting student leader role to consider for the new school year: What if you set up a guest experience evaluator? I was listening to a podcast recently that highlighted this role at a church. While that was a staff role overseeing the church’s various hospitality efforts around worship …

going out the back door starts with coming in the front

This week I’ve been contemplating some basics about the “back door” of a college ministry – how and why students exit. (Read here and here.) But it’s important to remember that the old principle, “What wins them, keeps them,” applies here. Many students drift away from a college ministry because …

between entry-level and leadership: what do you require?

How often do you establish requirements for students who wish to participate in certain ministry activities? Clearly, most of what a college ministry offers – from “front doors” like Large Group Meetings to most forms of small groups to campus events – wouldn’t draw lines on who can or can’t …

plugging in now vs. plugging in then (a thinking-cap fridea)

Here’s a question for you: If someone new visits your college ministry this week, how likely are they to become regulars? Are they more or less likely than if they’d visited last September? That assessment is this week’s Fridea! There are plenty of variables here, but it might be useful …