delineating the arenas (advancing our field #3)

One of the most illuminating interactions I’ve been a part of occurred a few years ago at a forum for college ministers. At the event, a major publisher sent a representative to gauge our interest in their products. They had marketed quite heavily to the collegiate ministry crowd, and they …

listening to the future

A while back, I had the opportunity to attend a panel discussion by leaders in the field of Youth Ministry at a seminary. The panel was very well attended and really informative… plus, it even showcased an impromptu debate between two really well known communicators about the value of home …

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 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 …

why a youth institute provides collegiate help

Yesterday I discussed Fuller Youth Institute a bit, but that brings up a question for us college ministry types: Should college ministers care about something called a “Youth Institute”? Absolutely. Here are two great reasons college ministers should pay close attention to what FYI is doing and finding: The College …