Few would argue that some of the most passionate, gifted energy among us is housed in those who are college-aged. And yet few have succeeded in pointing such passion and energy toward lasting, healthy ends—especially in the church. Most churches and families have programmed a finish line at twelfth grade. We walk our seniors out the […]
In the first weeks of each school year, most college ministries place ONE purpose above all others: Recruitment. I have no problem with the reasoning behind this effort, which is probably something like this: Students are likely to be impacted by finding a college ministry We (whoever we are) believe our college ministry is one […]
I have to confess to you… I’m not a pet person. I learned at a fairly young age that I am VERY allergic to most cats and dogs — which was fine in the pet-free home I grew up in, but it did make for challenging sleep-overs as a kid. Of course, I ended up marrying a […]
If you had the chance to communicate one message to incoming students — 2 months before their arrival — what would it be?
We are in the midst of our summer orientation here at BU. It’s probably not too different from what happens on most other campuses around the country that practice this same methodology of “introducing” new students to campus.
As a kid I loved watching cartoons on Saturday mornings. I especially liked watching Wile E. Coyote attempt to catch the Roadrunner – forever without success – he always made me laugh!
As I’ve observed our students for the past 7 years attempt to transition into this place [spiritually speaking] the best [and most unfortunate] image that comes to mind for many of them is the one to the right.
80% of our students self-identify as Christians.
What that means [for them] exactly, I don’t know.
My family thinks I have a heart of steel. And it’s true. I rarely cry in sad movies. I’m a rock at funerals. I’m an off-the-chart “T” in the Myers-Briggs world, with no visible “F”. It’s sort of embarrassing, really, especially as someone who claims to be following a ministerial call. Shouldn’t those of a […]
Greetings Campus Ministers…my students are heading your way! Last Saturday I had the privilege of watching a half-dozen students I had only met that morning at 8am dive in and get dirty doing flood relief work here in Franklin, TN (the greater Nashville area). You see they were invited by a friend who only months […]
They’re done, but not gone. They’re college graduates — prepared and equipped to go out and make a difference in the world — but they don’t seem quite ready to step across that threshold from collegiate life to post-grad participation in the ‘real’ world. So what are we to do? Especially if they look to […]
It’s graduation season! The time of the year when we send our graduates off into the world to live out their dreams, live into their passions, and to make the world a better place… right!? A couple of years ago I polled the readers here at FaithONCampus.com, asking: What’s the biggest issue facing graduating seniors? […]