the surprisingly unmissional approach to college ministry (best of the blog)

Merry Christmas! This week, as you and I celebrate and (hopefully) rest, I’ll be posting some Best of the Blog from 2009! Whether you missed these posts the first time or not, hopefully they’ll present some helpful, interesting, or surprising thoughts on our amazing ministry field. One of the most-visited …

college ministry review: Post Grad

As a college ministry fan, I was excited to check out “Post Grad,” which opened last night. It’s a romantic comedy that looks at Life after College for today’s college grads. This is a theme that’s really important for us to investigate for ourselves AND discuss with students, especially for …

college students & the world we must reach

Yesterday’s post, “The Surprisingly Unmissional Approach to College Ministry,” garnered with some really great comments. So in case more people want to chime in (or people want to chime in again), I didn’t want to post on an entirely new topic – just extend the conversation. First, I encourage you …

the surprisingly unmissional approach to college ministry

On page 30 of Reaching the Campus Tribes, I broach a subject that I believe is really important for churches to ponder. The interesting dilemma is that some modern-style churches may actually impact students worse while striving to break with tradition. In fact, while trying to be more missional, some …

two interns

Two ministry positions that, if implemented throughout America, might radically change our success at helping produce strong Christian adults: 1. An intern* in a Youth Group (whether church-based or parachurch) dedicated to keeping up with, impacting, and helping transition people in the year(s) after they graduate high school. Basically, this …

note to the grown-ups

An article in the Telegraph yesterday discusses some key principles for Christian “grown-ups” to remember if they want to connect well with college students and other young people. (By “grown-ups” I mean pastors, denominational leaders, parents, and even some college ministers.) The short but fascinating article, “YouTube ‘spammed by U. …

topics for beyond the (graduation) grave

As part of the series, I’ve been writing thoughts on helping people thrive when, from our perspective, they’re dead-and-gone. Because, of course, our former students are STILL ALIVE after college graduation… though I’m not sure we structure our ministries around that fact often enough. (This topic in the series starts …

big idea #8: four years or forty

Are we impacting students for four years of following Jesus… or forty? The “Big Idea” series is now at number 8: Help students transition from college. This is yet another opportunity to transform our college ministries – by beginning to take the long view of student discipleship. I would argue …

Christmas Sunday, part two

Yesterday, I recapped most of what I’d noticed in five church visits last Sunday. Because it was clearly a special day in Christendom (the Sunday before Christmas), I figured I would pay special attention to anything unique. Here’s the conclusion of those observations! All signs point to college ministry. Actually, …