Is your ministry maximizing its potential? In order to do so we need to be tapping into the best that our students have to offer… And I’m thinking beyond the “usual suspects.” Yes, it makes good sense to get our student workers and leaders involved with helping to design and lead out in our […]
What implicates you? What causes you to feel “responsible” for things that are happening in the world? What makes you feel compelled to do something about it? To right what is wrong? These are a few of the questions that our time with Dr. Steven Garber have centered around. Steve is the Director of The […]
There’s something special about college ministry. The season of life. The time of transition. All of the factors that come together in the context of the university campus… I love what I do! Late last week I was contacted by a colleague who was getting ready to take some student leaders on retreat who were […]
I had the chance to hear from Dr. Ana Aspras Steele in Chapel this morning. Her life has been wrecked. And now, so has mine. Why? Because she took Jesus seriously when he said, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ […]
Have you ever wondered how you might multiply the efforts of your ministry on campus? I have.
And after 6 years of hard work on the same campus I heard a colleague express something that unlocked a part of the mystery for me in this area…
His statement was something to the effects of:
Student after student, when asked “what made your experience at BU so significant?,” shared a rendition of the same answer: it was the meaningful relationships that they formed.
And almost to a person, they would identify a faculty or staff person who had taken some intentional time to be with them — to be a listener, someone who asked good questions, an encourager, someone who challenged or pushed them, a shoulder to cry on, a mentor, a teacher of life — a friend.
Why do 80% of freshman punt their faith? Why do so many graduates enter the “real world” with the best of intentions to love God and serve Him, only to become shelved in the faith, taken out of the race? There is no silver bullet answer to this. It could be dormant sin issues that […]
When asked to join in this blogging blow-out for campus ministry folks, I knew exactly what one book I wanted to promote. I have the great privilege of selling books at several different campus ministry organizations and have set up large book displays for student gatherings, conferences, retreats, and at Christian colleges. Regardless of the […]
We live in a rock star culture.
No doubt about it.
And I happen to work at a school that’s known for attracting wanna be rock stars — because we routinely produce them.
But not all of those hopeful, incredibly talented and well-trained students get to see their dreams realized. In fact, it’s a small fraction that do.
And that can be hard,
Do you remember when it was that you first realized God was calling you into ministry?
More specifically, do you remember when it was that God was calling you to be a pastor to college students?
My guess is that God started to plant that seed deep within us long before we ever realized it.
We likely experienced different things — events, conversations, moments of clarity or divine appointment — that seemed odd or out of place at the time… but were actually pointing us toward the very thing that we now find ourselves doing.
It’s an inevitable question/conversation for every college student — especially as they prepare for graduation: What do you want to do with your life? And I hope that, as college ministers, this is a conversation we are having with our students starting early on in our relationship with them… except coming at it from a […]
Updated 4/30/12 It’s that time of year again. Another academic term is beginning to wind down. And our student’s stress levels are winding up. Under the weight of impending academic deadlines, and lofty expectations relating to their GPA’s, our students are beginning to crack under the (oft self-imposed) pressure that the end of a term […]
Updated 4/24/12 You never quite know when God’s going to show up — and completely alter the course of your life. This same is true for our students. There are some obvious times, and spaces, where our students will likely be more open to God — even looking for God. But will they be ready […]