perception is hospitality-reality

As I’m working my way through this series on Hospitality in College Ministry, a vital note: Perceptions always matter, but even more so in aiming for hospitality. We’ve all had moments of sadness when we hear that students who visited our ministries didn’t feel welcomed. But we’ve also probably (wisely) …

hospitality in college ministry #10: keeping the outliers in

Last week, I jumped back into my earlier series on Hospitality in College Ministry (see all the posts so far here). I’m focusing on quick ideas for serving our students through our structures. And the series continues… As college ministers, we’re at least roughly familiar with the generalizations of the …

hospitality in college ministry #7: the solid & the ignored

I’ve been working on a book about my visits to churches around the country (165 of ’em in a year), so I think a lot about Hospitality these days. Early this year, I wrote a 6-part series on Hospitality in College Ministry – and this week, I wanted to continue …

hospitality in college ministry #6: it’s time

One of the best comments I heard peppered throughout my campus ministry-exploring travels was a recognition that we must consider students’ time and schedules. I was encouraged to hear that at least a few college ministers place this as a priority, and in fact it helped me realize that it …

hospitality in college ministry #5: the all vs. the many

It seems to me that true Hospitality is characterized by – among other things – a recognition of all, not just many. When I’m thinking about Hospitality (in college ministry, churches, or otherwise), it helps me to consider how the perfect party host handles her soirees. Does she aim to …

giving wisdom for the Zs (an EXTRA fridea about hospitality)

Somehow this Fridea from last week never got posted – sorry about that! So enjoy the extra Fridea this week… I’ve been writing about Hospitality in College Ministry, and today’s Fridea certainly ties in (in a way). Here’s a weird question: When’s the last time you talked to your students …