“college student plans” vs. classic college ministry approaches in churches – and why you should care, even if you’re in campus-based college ministry

I mentioned yesterday that I have the chance to speak at the national EV Free church leaders’ convention this week. Today, why my topic matters to everyone in college ministry, not just churches. I care – deeply – about college ministry in all its branches, including certainly campus-based ministry, collegiate …

a niche worth noticing

As you know, I’m fascinated by the many differences between “campus tribes.” One of those differentation points comes whenever our country’s educational system and our country’s military intersect. I had the neat chance recently to meet a college minister at the Air Force Academy (fittingly, today’s Campus Tribe of the …

“come over here and help us”

My visits to CU and OU notwithstanding, this short road trip has afforded more great opportunities to visit some cool campuses that aren’t of that “household name” variety. One of the things I’ve been pondering recently* is college ministry’s attention toward the millions of collegians** who aren’t attending Duke, Texas …

backwards college ministry, part two

On Monday, I started looking at a principle I’ve found fundamental to my own college ministry practice. Today, I want to share how I first learned this stuff; since I can’t say this any better than the guy who taught me, I won’t really try. A couple of years after …

weekly review, mini-exploration edition

You might know that I’ve been exploring the campus ministry scene in the great town of Fort Worth; as I began preparing this post, I was still there. Then a birthday dinner with my sister and her buddies, and then I finally made it back across the Metroplex to home. …

weekly review, tiny month edition

Annually, I’m thrown off by the fact that February is so stinking short. Monthly payments, appointment scheduling, procrastination – all important activities, and all are perverted by having a month that’s a week shorter than the other months. Approximately. Do you realize that even though today is the middle of …

weekly review, remember-those-with-busy-winters edition

Yes, many college ministers have gotten to spend this week (and get to spend the next, and maybe even the next) recuperating, planning, and otherwise enjoying a brief hiatus in their primary duties. However, there are lots of college ministers who are functioning full-speed-ahead this week! So this Weekly Review …

resolving and completing: an encouragement for college ministers

Several of the blogs I read (and others linked on Twitter) have been posting on the topic of “New Year’s Resolutions,” or its cousin, “Goals for 2010.” This is not that kind of post, because at present, my adventurous sojourn makes forward-looking a little tricky. Fortunately, I continue to know …

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 …