I was reminded yesterday of just how gracious our God is… in that God chooses to use us in the formation of others… and in the same way, God uses others in our own ongoing formation. It came through an encouraging conversation over coffee with a graduating senior… something that has become somewhat of a […]
Updated 3/20/12 I was recently reminded of the power of one. One question. One conversation. One experience… It can literally change everything. I was talking with a friend recently and we were talking about working with college students… In the midst of our discussion he began to share with me a story from his own […]
Updated 2/15/12 If you work with college students than you likely have spent some time thinking about how we help them “claim ownership” of their faith. Most students come to campus with a faith that is not truly their own. It’s a faith that has been passed on to them, or cultivated in them, by […]
I have a confession to make… the catchy title of the Sex & the Soul blogathon is NOT an original creation of mine. I ‘borrowed it’ from someone I met a few years ago. Donna Freitas, author of Sex & the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America’s College Campuses, came to our […]
How many times have you been faced with a question like this from a student: Why did God let _____________ happen? What do you think God really thinks of ______________ and the people who do that? Do you think God forgives people who think ______________ or do ______________? Do you think God lets ________________ into […]
I’m a big believer in Christian higher education. Young adults raised in Christian homes often reach a period of deep struggle in adolescence, and Christian higher education professionals can be of great help in navigating those struggles faithfully and honestly. For many students, the faith of their families and home church worked wonderfully for their […]
Serving others seems to be, far and away, the most popular form of faith expression on the campus I serve. Much more so than participating in a worship service or small group ministry — students seem to believe that the best way they can ‘show’ they are followers of Jesus, or express their faith, […]
There’s so much that makes up the college experience… so many opportunities, so many potential pitfalls.
How well do we assist students in navigating the waters of the college years?
Maybe before we can accurately answer this question we must first ask:
“What are the big issues that our students are dealing with?”
If we’ve not taken the time to answer this question than we must ask ourselves, “how relevant is our ministry?”
Happy Earth Day 2010! Today is the 40 year anniversary of Earth Day. Are you taking advantage of this global focus? Students LOVE things that take a ‘global focus’ stage! While there are a number of reasons to challenge college students to be an active part of Earth Day, I wonder if we’re helping them […]
Today’s post comes from Rev. Ashlee Alley We like cats on the campus where I work in campus ministry. The pet kind. Calicos, tabby cats, but especially black cats. Yep…the ones that are supposed to bring you bad luck. For us, they are actually good luck. You see—it has to do with our mascot (stay […]