underwater weeks & their opportunity

What happens when your students face an “underwater week”? The difficult mid-semester week, when it seems like all projects are due and mid-terms come calling and a paper or two still need to be written, is a universal facet of collegiate existence. My question is this: How do you use …

sales, invitations, and a bad impression

Do your encouragements to invite friends leave an impression that longtime members are somehow less than? It makes all the sense in the world to push students to invite. You should. But as we’ve all noticed with “too sales-ish” email lists, pushy iPhone apps, and over-eager efforts to fundraise… most of …

figuring your flock, sans membership

It’s unlikely you have official “membership” in your college ministry, which makes sense. While I can think of some advantages to having something official along those lines, there are disadvantages too. But one disadvantage to not offering membership is that it’s easier for students to fall through the cracks. If an …

preparing student leaders for the influx of new students (part 3)

We’ve talked this week about highlighting basic doctrinal comparisons and basic methodological distinctives, so that student leaders are prepared to welcome new students to your college ministry – or recruit them in the first place. One other route that would be worth walking with your student leaders – perhaps simply by …

preparing student leaders for the influx of new students (part 1)

I thought I’d write this week about ways to prepare a college ministry’s student leaders for those about to walk on your campus or (especially) walk through the doors of your ministry. With some basic readings, discussions, or other resources, those student leaders can be much more prepared to welcome, …