student leaders upgrade #6: some stretching community

Continuing the Student Leader Upgrades series… In the world of ministry – and not just college ministry – there’s often no better way to ensure that solid believers lose their biggest opportunity to be stretched and continue to grow: Make them leaders! It’s a caution for student leaders, though, and it’s worth …

accountable organic community

It’s paradoxical to talk about developing organic community through structures, including accountability. But the truth is, that’s a paradox we have to live in. Your student leaders will build community if someone’s challenging them to do so… and checking up to see if they’re doing it. How often do you …

a retreat to find their “place”

This week’s vacation took me yesterday to UC Santa Barbara with its many, many bicyclists… plus the original Freebirds World Burrito nearby, in the fantastic college town setting of Isla Vista. And it brings you another post from a past November! As part of a seminar on Student Leadership, I have …

field groups (a fridea)

How often do students gather or connect based on their career fields? It seems much more common to group students by class year. Either this means small groups with all freshmen, sophomores, etc., or it means putting upperclassmen in discipling relationships with younger students. But do you ever put all …

fodder for discussion questions

There are probably multiple ways to use the Republican National Convention, the upcoming DNC, and other widely publicized “events” to impact college students. But when things like this come along, do you ever consider just talking with students about them? Specifically, events like the political party conventions naturally bring to the forefront topics …

your missing ingredient in evangelism, debating hot topics, & other campus impact

You’ve got a variety of areas in which you want students to be “ready to speak”: Evangelism opportunities, of course (and not only those creatively “engineered” by the students). Standing up for the faith, too – especially in the areas of hot-button issues like homosexuality, race, anything that seems “political,” etc. …