Updated 2/21/12 How are you reaching your students? Do you know? I found myself struggling to answer these questions toward the end of the fall semester of ’09. And what made matters worse was the fact that I had been at that ministry setting for 4.5 years by that point! Unfortunately I had fallen into […]
Updated 2/17/12 This is Fred. He used to be a common fixture around our house out in the country… and he wasn’t alone. Back in the fall of 2009, my in-laws were passing through town on their way to Florida for the winter. They thought that since we had recently moved out into “the country” […]
How do you “hit” a target that’s moving, from a starting point that is also moving, especially when you aren’t sure that you have anything to do with the “hitting” part of the equation??? How do you assess something that’s always changing (the student body), from a position that’s also oft changing (the University), when […]
How do you lead UP? How do you effect decisions, or shape outcomes, from the position you hold? We are all called to be people of influence right where we are… regardless of whether we feel our decisions impact a few… or many more. When we’re not the top, or final, decision maker in our […]
I’ve spent much of the day behind closed doors, tending to work that simply must be tended to… A part of me feels a little guilty. Students have just returned from fall break, and aside from my 8 a.m. Old Testament class and the couple of students that have dared to knock on my closed-door, […]
I’ve been thinking about the classroom today… It might have something to do with the fact that, for the next 8 weeks, my Monday’s will include an 8 a.m. Old Testament class, as well as a 4-hour evening OT class. Although I’m now into my 13th year of ministry on a university campus, this […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]