letting students own the finding

A couple of weeks ago, I challenged you to aim to create full-fledged “indigenous leaders,” students who truly function as college ministers to their own tribe. One element of that – for those whose ministries are ready – is giving students ownership in identifying new paths of ministry. This could …

the weirder models: a growth sector in collegiate ministry?

This week, I’ve been finalizing my lectures for a Dallas Theological Seminary class I’ll be teaching this week; it’s forced me to think through (and organize) some things I haven’t pondered in awhile. One thing I noticed was the growth of my outline in the area of “Additional Types of …

collegiate ministry tensions not to be resolved

The theme of this year’s Catalyst Conference was “The Tension is Good.” And while certainly not every speaker aimed directly for the heart of the theme (because that would have been annoying), it was woven throughout – and capped off by some excellent practical instruction by Andy Stanley. The crux …

the myth of college ministry Best Practices

Catalyst begins today, and last night a few of us college ministers got to hang out. It was definitely good times. The article below is the second of two that I included in this week’s program. It’s a revamp of a fairly recent blog, but it’s one of those ideas …

great college ministry methods & missing the trees for the forest

Yesterday’s post garnered some great comments / questions, and I encourage you to check those out (and further the conversation)! But the topic – FORTY decisions you’ve already made about your Large Group Meeting – was also meant to highlight today’s theme. A couple of scenarios (based on actual conversations …

weekly review, state college edition

When discussing true “college towns,” I appreciate having the SuperExamples with names like “College Station” (where I myself went to school) and “State College,” where I’m presently spending the weekend. Now I just need to find a town called “Universityvilletown,” and I’ll be all set. Without further ado, here are …

planting or being planted (2 frideas in 1)

Two Frideas this week: One for those in well-developed college ministries, with a flip-side Fridea for those in newer ministries! It’s very clear to me that one of the “weak links” in the field of college ministry is successfully starting college ministries. That area seems to need some improvement. And …

poles #2: integration vs. incubation

Tuesday’s first post in the College Ministry Poles series produced some great commentary from readers. Thanks, friends. (Besides that post, you can read the intro to the series here.) Today’s entry touches on a big question: How much should students be used / ministered to within their own collegiate context, …

poles #1: cooperation vs. independence

Yesterday I announced the beginning of a new semi-regular series, “College Ministry Poles,” looking at key collegiate ministry issues that are often fleshed out between two extremes. My hope is to stretch our thinking, especially as we realize that in many cases, a large number of college ministers have chosen …