11 fun ideas for serving the incoming student (this week’s frideas)

Perhaps your ministry already serves incoming freshmen – a move-in day, for instance. But have you considered other ways to add value for incoming students, to serve them (even when the “return on investment” has more to do with actually serving them than wooing them to your ministry)? We don’t …

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 …

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 …

thanksgiving requires think-giving

A holiday like Thanksgiving shouldn’t pass without college ministers pondering how they might leverage it. And yes, Thanksgiving is a prime opportunity – with weird schedules, unique groups of students “left” on campus, and more. I’ve posted these potential opportunities before, but they’re worth revisiting: Service projects. Find out some …

adopt a task (a fridea)

What if your college ministry took on one particular ministry task, for a local church? Whether your ministry is campus-based, church-based, or otherwise, your students could easily take ownership of something for a local church. Wouldn’t tasks like these be fertile ground for student involvement (with the right students)?: Visitation (to …