where could you plant… THIS semester?

The many “unreached” and under-reached campus tribes are on my mind this morning. Is there one near you? Maybe it’s a community college that feeds into your big state school. A smaller school that’s always overshadowed by ten others in your metropolitan area. A tech school, or art institute. Whatever …

fishing for complements (not compliments)

An oldie but goodie, updated and important to ponder… Since first exploring college ministries, I’ve discussed the role (and value) of complementary college ministries, and I covered those unique efforts in Reaching the Campus Tribes, too. My hope is that eventually all the individuals aspiring to “do college ministry” or …

collegian participation in collegiate mission

Last weekend’s Chalmers Center conference shared – among other things – some principles for effective ministry design. And one of many is working with a “target” audience as we develop our ministries/missions to them. This principle has a lot to offer college ministry, largely because it doesn’t seem to be widespread. …

the future in college ministry: reaching the unreached

This week (while many are in Finals or just past them), I thought I’d ponder some future opportunities for college ministry. I’ve touched on some of these before, and I’ll only be lightly touching on them now. But hopefully it’s fun pondering for you, too. Today, something that I think …

not thinking outside the box. thinking pre-box.

I have the really exciting chance today to connect with an old friend and another pastor who are trying to rethink college ministry within their entire denomination. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to write more about our meeting tomorrow, but I love opportunities like this – just to sit and brainstorm, …

models, machines, and a more contextual application

I’ve written recently on the opportunity to learn this summer. Hopefully you’ve got college ministers, a conference, some books, and/or additional resources lined up to help your ministry skills deepen between now and August! But as you do, a note: It’s generally much more valuable to learn tools and principles …

the planting possibility (a fridea)

It’s been a long time since I’ve discussed this idea, and summertime offers more room to think about something so crazy. So starting from a post from five years ago, here’s the Fridea for this week! One of the ideas for multiplying collegiate impact I’m most intrigued by involves well-developed …

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 …

the opportunity to reach niches

Yesterday I talked about the need for fewer ministries on campuses – or at least the need for us to defer to what’s already happening and examine it closely before determining that a campus needs our brand of collegiate ministry. Today, I make a case for more ministry, using a …

three conversations

I’ve had three conversations with college ministers in the last week that, in some way or another, touched on a single theme: The “Best Practice” of what I’ll call “contextual deference.” This is the recognition that sometimes our work isn’t needed on a particular campus, because of the presence of …