monologue? out. panel show? in. (a fridea)

Earlier this month, I offered an idea for college ministries’ large group gatherings: a “monologue” of sorts, chatting through the issues of the day. Today’s Fridea offers a spin on that idea (and mostly comes from the fact that I love ESPN’s Around the Horn). What if – weekly or occasionally …

figure out a family (the fridea)

“Adopt-a-student” programs aren’t unusual within church-based college ministries, but even for those guys it’s an idea definitely worth spending a Fridea on… and it’s worth every other branch of college ministry considering how they, too, can connect students with individual families. The idea, if you’re unfamiliar, is for a church …

in praise of adult volunteers for all sorts of collegiate ministries

One technique that other branches of college ministry can learn from church-based ministry is the use of adult volunteers. It’s extremely rare (at least in my experience) to hear of campus-based or institutional college ministries “importing” local Christian adults. Of course, institutional ministries (those within Christian colleges) may very well …

making room for R&D

Who’s the “engine” of your college ministry for thinking about ways to advance your mission into new territory? I don’t mean continuing the present mission in all its effectiveness, or even tweaking things so that even more fruit is gained (although both of those are important pursuits). Today I’m asking …

rapid response team

As you know, Dallas faced a tragedy last week when five police officers were killed in Downtown Thursday night. Since that time, I’ve seen our church and other churches step up to respond in some really great ways. In some cases, the opportunity presented itself because of an event that …

so if recruiting is discipleship…

Back in March, I penned a few posts on a theme I believe can revolutionize recruiting, an activity that makes up a lot of ministry (and a larger share of college ministry activity than in many other ministries). That theme, or thesis, is that recruiting IS discipleship. The very basic argument goes something like …

is this truly a value in your college ministry?

As I noted, last week I was immersed in two different conferences – which means, of course, that I had two chances to learn some college ministry principles – not because these were “campus ministry conferences” per se, but because we can always be learning about this field. So that’s …