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, […]
It’s resource sharing time. When it comes to talking to your students about things like sex, dating, pornography, hooking up, purity, holiness, boundaries, and healthy relationships (especially at the collegiate level) — what are you using? What are you pointing students towards? Who are the people out there that are having the most helpful conversations […]
About a year and a half ago I conducted a brief interview with Donna Freitas. Freitas, a professor at Boston University, is the author of Sex & the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America’s College Campuses. The book is a summation of the research she conducted on campuses across North America. Towards […]
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 […]
I smile nostalgically to think of your students’ imminent arrival on campus. My wife and I agree. The four years we spent at Baylor University were the four funnest* of our lives, most of it, good clean fun. We made great friends and a lot of wise choices, so by God’s grace, we have few […]
“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you…” – 1 Corinthians 15:1 How do you help college students fight their sin? As a Christian campus minister, this is a question I have often asked as I’ve seen the deep struggles that students have shared with me. Many feel helpless and […]
I ran across an article over on Mashable.com yesterday talking about some of the online practices of young adults — especially as they relate to future job prospects. In a poll of 1,000 young adults (between the ages of 18 and 34) conducted by FindLaw.com, findings showed that 29% of respondents reported regretting something they […]
The game of baseball has long been a popular metaphor used when talking about sex and/or sexual activity. First base. Second base. Third base. Scoring. You get the picture. I can’t recall when I was first introduced to this metaphor (and conversation), but I would imagine it was sometime around the latter part of my […]
Whose got their ear? Do you know?? Whose got the attention of your students? Whose serving to shape their imagination, views on the world, priorities in life, understanding of God, self, and others? Who? Do you know? I would contend that knowing this (or not) can radically impact our ability to effectively communicate with students. […]
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.
It’s the time of year when campus goes quiet and graduating students begin to face the reality of life after college.
And for some students, this new reality will mean be a major challenge.
I recently ran across this humorous commercial that seems to have captured (for me) one of the challenges today’s students struggle with — dreaming big while still being responsible and realistic.
And truth be told, I’m not exactly sure how best to help our students with this…
It’s that time of the year again…
We’re getting ready to say good-bye to our students — some for the summer, others for the foreseeable future.
And you’ve likely noticed over the course of the spring term a shift in conversations with your graduating seniors towards more future-oriented topics.
If your seniors are like most — they are struggling to know what’s next. Some are fearful. Some are anxiety-riddled. And some are down right paralyzed.
Because there is a lot up in the air regarding “what’s next.”