Updated 2/29/12 In a previous post entitled, The Cone of Learning, I asked the question: What kind of impact is our ministry having on those who participate in them? I suggested that the ‘Cone of Learning’ put forth by Edgar Dale back in the late 60s might have something to say to us – both about how we should program […]
Updated 2/27/12 So in a previous post entitled, Waiting to Grow UP, I talked about the emergence of a new phase of life known as ’emerging adulthood.’ At the end of the post I asked: What kind of effects is this new phase of life having on the faith development process of our students? Are the ways we’ve […]
Updated 2/24/12 If you’ve worked in college ministry for very long then you’ve probably heard some of the following terms used when describing our college students and this “new” phase of life that they’re stepping into: prolonged adolescence, or delayed adulthood, or Millenials, or Gen iY, or “thresholders,” or emerging adulthood, or boomerang kids, or even […]
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 2/20/12 It’s February. For college students (and probably most people) this is one of the hardest times of the year. The weather is nasty and we’ve been cooped up inside for far too long. The days are still short… and only slowly getting longer. The refreshment and joy of the holidays are behind us. The newness of a […]
Updated 2/14/12 I’m not sure what exactly you were expecting to find here… but I’m glad you made it! Statistics tell us that college students are inundated with sexually explicit images, media items, thoughts, experiences and addictions. I’m convinced that sexually related vices are one of the biggest stumbling blocks to college students experiencing a […]
Updated: 2/13/12 There’s something special that takes place when guys come together for the sake of learning and growing deeper in their walk with the Lord. Groups like this have been some of the best things I have ever been a part of in the past! Men coming together to connect with other men and […]
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 […]