Back To School

With the new school year just around the corner I thought it might be a good time to come together for some collective thinking and sharing about how to make the most of this critical time of the year!

That’s what the Back-to-School Blogathon is all about!

Over the course of this annual 3-day online event we take the opportunity to hear from a number of professionals in the college and campus ministry world – and others who have particular interest and/or insight into our work with college students – in the form blog posts and the dialog that ensues.

The 4th Annual Back-to-School Blogathon is now over!

But the great thing about blog posts is that they never go away. So, enjoy the posts from the past four years — SO MUCH GOOD STUFF HERE!

[ August 6-8, 2013 ]

Day 3

“What is Your Process for Navigating Failure?” | Christy Ridings | Associate University Minister and Director of Spiritual Formation at Belmont University

One Single Sex Boundary That Just Might Work | Michael Johnson | Co-Founder of Future Marriage University

How These Tools Could Save Your Ministry This Year | Guy Chmieleski | University Minister at Belmont University

Day 2

A Smart Start to the New Year | D. Merricks | Campus Minister of the Wesley Foundation in Macon, GA

Large Group Revolution | Stephen Boutry | Director of Campus Expressions for Sojourn Collegiate Ministry in Boston, MA and is a Campus Minister at Boston University

9 Bible Studies to Motivate Your Outreach Team Now and All Year Long | Peter Krol | CFO of DiscipleMakers campus ministry

What Are We Doing Here? | Matt Runion | Associate Campus Pastor at Bethel University

Day 1

Taking Care of Yourself — For Real This Time! | Ashlee Alley | Campus Minister at Southwestern College

A ONE-STOP LIST OF COLLEGE MINISTRY RESOURCES | Tyler Ellis | Campus Minister at Newark Church of Christ

How Do You Help Students Fight Their Sin? | Andy Cimbala | DiscipleMakers Ministry at Shippensburg University

Links…Student Leadership Teams | Jim Whaley | Collegiate Pastor at Tiffin University


[ Aug. 7-9, 2012 ]

Day 3

Bread for the Journey: Books to Use for Students Who Want to Grow | Byron Borger | Co-Owner of Hearts & Minds Bookstore

MY NEW FAVORITE WAY TO FIND SEEKERS ON CAMPUS | Tyler Ellis | Campus Minister at Newark Church of Christ

The #1 Thing on the College Freshman Mind | Michael Johnson | Co-Founder of Future Marriage University

‘Stuck in a Moment’ That They Can’t Get Out Of | Guy Chmieleski | University Minister at Belmont University

Day 2

Gluttony: It’s Not Just For Dinner | Ryan Brooks | Assoc. Minister to College and Young Singles at Taylors First Baptist Church

JOIN THE MIRACLE OF FEEDING THE MULTITUDES! | Jan Rivero | University Relations Director for Stop Hunger Now

Our Future-oriented Drift | Matt Runion | Assoc. Campus Pastor at Bethel University

Cracks | Jim Whaley | Collegiate Pastor at Tiffin University

Day 1

The Power of Intentional Mentorship | Ryan Fasion | Director, College and Young Adult Ministries

Making Oyster Casserole For Your Ministry: Why College Ministries Should Use Recipe Cards | Brian Marshall | Director of Christian Student Fellowship at the University of Kentucky

Against the Current: Understanding the Mindset of an Incoming College Freshman | Tommy McGregor | Founder of TheTransMission, Author of Lost in Transition

From Forest to Tree: Changing our view of discipleship to value the individual | Kimberly Moynahan | Wife, mother, and disciple-maker



[Aug. 2-4, 2011]

Without Vision the Students Perish | John Allert | Executive Director at Campus Ministry Toolbox
Mentors and Friends: Why You Need to Be a Spiritual Matchmaker | Guy Chmieleski | University Minister at Belmont University and found of

Do We Have to Be Friends?Michaela Lawrence Jeffrey | Campus Minister for Adventist Christian Fellowship in the Georgia-Cumberland Conference
They Cannot and Should Not Be | Kelvin Walker | Campus Pastor at Nyack College

Do Be Do Be Do… | Mike Glenn | Pastor at Brentwood Baptist Church and Kairos Nashville
Revisiting Freshman Year | Sarah Koutz | Campus Ministries Recruit at Impact Campus Ministries
PICK A HILL TO CLIMB | Benson Hines | Researcher and Road-tripper at Exploring College Ministry

The First Year Out: Helping Students Transition to College | Derek Melleby | CCO Campus Ministry
The 8 Minute Stillness Challenge | Wanda Walborn | Director of Spiritual Formation at Nyack College

5 Ways to Tune Up Your Social Media Strategy Before School Starts | Brian Barela | Director of New Media at Campus Crusade for Christ
The Outrageous Idea of Academic Faithfulness: A Guide for Students | Byron Borger | Hearts & Minds Books
Living and Serving in the Right Season of Campus Ministry | Arliss Dickerson | Leadership Development, Lifeway Baptist Collegiate Ministry

Reading and Clinging to God | Narcie Jeter | Director and Campus Minister at Winthrop Wesley Foundation
Reaching Out to the Online College Student | Barbara Jolie | Writes about trends in online education



[Aug. 3-5, 2010] 

Contemplative Ministry | Sarah Baldwin | University Pastor and Dean of Spiritual Life at George Fox University
The First Month: Discipling, Not Just Recruiting | Benson Hines | College ministry guru
Four Disruptions That Could Shake Up College Ministry | Steve Lutz | CCO Campus Minister at Penn State

Slow Fade | Abbie Smith | Author/Writer
Boundaries: Secure What’s Important | Brandon Smith | Campus Minister at Christian Campus House @ NWMSU
Dream Big | Justin Wallace | Teaching Pastor at IMPACT Charolette

Gospel Partnerships: Youth Ministry and Campus Ministry | Ashlee Alley | Campus Minister at Southwestern College
Making the Most of Senior Year | Tracy Balzer | Director of Christian Formation at John Brown University
4000 Ways To Maximize the First 4 Weeks on Campus | Brian Barela | Director, Social Media at CRU

Non-Mentor Mentorship | Chuck Bomar | Author/Speaker
I’ll Shoot You an Email… I Mean, Text | Cor Chmieleski | Senior Assoc. Pastor at Hope Community Church
It Takes A Village | Matt Robertson | College Pastor at Rolling Hills Community Church

Lessons From A Community Organizer | Creighton Alexander | Campus Pastor at the University of Alabama Wesley
A FRAME Work For Setting Boundaries | Tim Hawkins | Director at Sojourn Collegiate Ministry
Learning To Be A Kid Again… Or Maybe For The First Time | Michael McCord | Director of Collegiate Ministry Resources & Training for the General Board of Higher Education of the United Methodist Church

Making the Most of the 1st Month of the University Year | Linda Halfacre | Former Director of Threads Media at LifeWay Christian Resources
“Hairy” Spiritual Disciplines | Rod Reed | Campus Pastor at John Brown University
There Can Be Little Doubt… | Christy Ridings | Assoc. University Minister at Belmont University