I had the chance to speak to more than 300 student leaders on campus a couple of days ago. At lunch, immediately following the presentation, a student at a nearby table commented that he was putting something I said up on his Facebook… I took a deep breath and said, “OK, what?” The statement […]
Is it just me, or does it seem like it’s getting harder and harder to get student leaders to commit to, and follow through with, an extended leadership role? Certainly there are exceptions to this… but those students seem to be fewer and far between… and when we encounter them around campus (or within our ministries) they are unmistakable!
In our consumer-driven society (and campuses), it should come as no surprise to us that more and more students are finding it harder and harder to stay committed to one leadership role, and easier and easier to jump from one thing to the next… one leadership role to the next… And when they do, I’m not sure that they’ve given much thought to how their choices will impact the contexts and relationships that they’ve left behind.
How was your summer? Have you thought about that question? It’s an important one for all of us who work in the field of campus ministry to sit with… Why? Because we are about to start a new year with students… whether we’re ready or not! The summer of 2009 was not what I […]
We need to recognize that we are on the same team! It’s high time that all of us involved in ministry stop working against one another and start working with each other… towards the same end – the spiritual formation and redemption of those that God brings our way! While some of us may already […]
With just a couple of days before our student leaders return to campus, I find myself thinking about the importance of the task at hand: Preparing the next generation of leaders to be the men and women that God desires them to be. What an important task! No, not a task to be completed and […]
One of the essentials of anyone doing campus/college ministry – serving as a pastor to so many on campus – is finding a nurturing, life-giving pastor that we can bring ourselves under. It’s called self-care And if you’re anything like me… this can be something that is too often overlooked because of how busy we […]
Saturday’s posts will be about recreation… Re-creating ourself – away from the office… Workaholism is a terrible disease that plagues our country, our families, our health, and yes, even our ministers. In my first year of ministry i received two of the best pieces of advice regarding my work, and longevity, as a minister… You […]
i realize that evangelism – sharing our faith with others – serving as a witness to what God has done in our lives – or whatever you might call it, can be an intimidating thing… and while there’s no substitute for sitting down with someone you have a growing relationship with and sharing the evidence […]
With just a week left before students begin to return to campus, it’s time to start crossing off some of those “to-do’s” from our list… For all of us involved in campus ministry, whether we serve on the campus or from off-site, one of the most important things we can do to further the […]
How do you retreat? Maybe a better question to start with is: do you retreat? I’m in charge of our staff retreat happening tomorrow and am reminded of just how important this time can be… always… but especially as a new academic year is about to begin! If you’re not in the practice of setting […]
Although I’ve only been blogging since mid-march of this year… I’ve really taken to it. It’s almost become a spiritual discipline of sorts. I find it a great space for me to reflect on what’s happening in my life and what I think I see God doing in my midst… Although I have a personal […]