As the quieter months of the summer begin, how will you utilize the time and space that you have? More specifically, and less obvious, how will you engage the practice of silence? With much of the “noise” that makes up our normal days while our students are around during the academic year now removed […]
Are titles getting in the way of you doing good work? Do you know what I mean? Do you ever find yourself hindered by your place on the “org chart,” or unwilling to say something or do something because of where you fall within your office or organizational sub-structure? What’s holding you back? I mean, […]
Doing the work that we do — mentoring students within a wide-variety of contexts — comes with a whole slew of challenges. Some of the challenges are related to our context and the things we have to manage or navigate in order to relate well with students. Some of the challenges are tied to […]
I’m increasingly reminded of just how broken our world is. Even within our Christian circles. Even within our Christian ministries. The powerful shaping influence of our culture continues to make inroads into the ways we think and lead and love. And what’s true for us is most definitely true for our students. With all of […]
By my own confession, I’ve never been much of a handy-man. If given the choice, I’d much rather pay someone to fix — well, whatever really — because I’ve found that I rarely know how to identify the problem, how to get to the problem, what to do when (or if) I find the problem, […]
This is one of a series of questions I ask every student during their interview for a leadership position. More often than not, they seem confused by the question. They usually respond with some derivative of “Wow, that’s a hard question” or “I am not really sure I have ever thought about it.”Even those who […]
Question: how many live events (talk shows, concerts, etc) have you seen that follow this format? Ice Breaker Skit/Announcements 3 Songs Talk Maybe one more song/Pray I’m guessing none of them. I’m also guessing that these elements look very familiar to you. For as long as I’ve been around collegiate ministry (this will be my […]
A collegiate ministry is only as strong as its weakest link. I think Jesus got it right. He picked some pretty strong links. The leadership team of any collegiate ministry must function as a well-oiled machine if the ministry is going to achieve maximum impact on their campus for Christ. I love my leadership team. […]
People are watching. And we know that the Church (which our ministries ultimately fall within the framework of) is in the midst of a publicity nightmare within North America. We live and serve within an increasingly post-Christian nation — and I think a lot of it has to do with the ways we as Christians […]
One glaring deficiency. That’s all it can take to leave the kind of bad taste in someone’s mouth that they no longer consider you among their numerous sources, options, or opportunities — no matter your offering. I had the opportunity of spending all day yesterday with my family at a water park. It was awesome […]
Many times in ministry, especially college ministry, you feel like you are walking alone. Just drifting along, trying to survive, and isolated from others in ministry.
College Ministry has been described as the Navy Seals of ministry — It’s very hard work and no one ever gives you credit when it goes well (plus, some people erroneously call us Youth Ministers, a pet peeve of mine).
I am surrounded by a great church staff, but they often fail to grasp what college ministry is or have the tools to push me in my goals and desires.
That is my score for music/worship on any spiritual gift/talent inventory I’ve ever taken. Ok, -1 isn’t a score, but it’s my lowest category of any of them.
Growing up, I was told that you needed to spend all your time making your weaknesses better. But I would disagree. No matter how hard I work, I will still have no rhythm or be able to play most instruments. However, I am aware of that.
Knowing my weaknesses helps me delegate them.