It started today — for us.
It may have already started for you. If not, it will soon.
I’m talking about the return of students to campus!
It’s time for another academic year to begin — which likely means that there will be a trip (or two — or more) made to the mall, the grocery store, and/or the local Walmart in order to get everything they’ll need to be successful in the year ahead!
And as new and returning students prepare to move to campus, and we prepare to help them lug their belongings from car to room, here’s some insight into what we might be carrying (not to mention the kind of money students — or their parents — will be spending):
Do our students understand their place in the Church? Do they understand their place in the grand story of God? Sometimes I’m not so sure that they do… I love college ministry, I think it is incredibly important work, but sometimes I fear that we’re not helping our students to see (or understand) their place […]
Assessment. I don’t know many people in ministry who get excited by the idea of it, let alone the process. I think, in part, it has something to do with the fact that most of us are highly relational people — and would prefer to be sitting with a group of students and talking about […]
Updated 3/15/12 A spring break missions trip can be one of the most formative experiences our students engage in all year. The opportunity to get away from campus — leaving all academic stress and pressure behind — to spend a week in the service of others, can serve as a powerful catalyst for substantial growth […]
Updated 3/7/12 Campus is quiet today. Our students are away on spring break. And we’ve got 8 different teams scattered across the U.S. that we’re thinking about, and praying for, who are in the middle of their week of education, service and spiritual formation. I’m so excited for them! I can remember a time, not […]
In the book, The First Year Out: Understanding American Teens After High School, author Tim Clydesdale identifies ‘learning how to manage money’ as one of the foremost necessities for today’s emerging adults. Clydesdale suggests that most college freshmen spend much of that first year on campus trying to figure the whole ‘money thing’ out. Most […]
Yesterday was a good day. After 21 days of prayerfully “Living A Better Story” we had roughly 400 students show up to report back to Belmont’s president, as well as author and speaker Donald Miller, as two of the chief instigators of this experience/experiment on being a good steward of God’s money. Let me take […]
When introducing your students to your ministry, and the campus you serve, what direction do you take? We’ve been given an incredible opportunity, and responsibility, in the lives of new students who enter our campus community! What we do with this opportunity says a lot about our ministry, as well as the kind of […]
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 Benson Hines. In the first half of 2007, I read Simple Church, by Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger, as part of my duties as a full-time church college minister. That would be a turning point of sorts in my study of college ministry; Simple Church, along with a few other well-timed […]
Updated 3/12/12 Have you ever thought about working with former students? Wait, maybe ‘partnership‘ is a better way of thinking about it… Have you ever partnered with former students that you once spent time, energy and effort investing in? Maybe it was an initiative on campus… or something that took place on the other side […]