Top Posts for October 2012

Posted Posted in Big Ideas & 'Best Of'

WOW — it’s November!

We’ve turned a corner and can now see Thanksgiving break off in the distance — and so can our students.

It’s been another good month here at Thanks to all who participated in The Art of Self-Leadership Blogathon. This month’s Top 10 includes a number of great guest posts from this event.

When you’re done checking out these posts, I begin to think more intentionally about the remaining weeks of the fall term, I’d encourage you to check out Ideas for November.

Now, on to this month’s Top 10 most viewed posts at!

Top Posts for August 2012

Posted Posted in Big Ideas & 'Best Of'

Happy Labor Day!

For most of us — a new academic year is now well underway.

For some of us — it’s just about to begin.

Either way — I hope that this extended weekend serves as a great chance for you to refuel and recharge as we prepare to push on into a fall of ministry with college students.

Below are the Top 10 most viewed posts from the month of August!

Failure is NOT Fatal; Perfection NOT a Requirement

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It’s one of the biggest messages are student leaders need to hear this year:

Failure is NOT fatal; Perfection NOT a requirement.

Because the truth is that — for fear of failure — many of our students will struggle to really give themselves fully to their leadership roles this year.

Of course, this sounds counter-intuitive at first — but when we give less than our best, less than 100%, we’ve then got an excuse for when things don’t go well.

5 Lies (Student) Leaders Believe

Posted Posted in Student Leaders

Yesterday was our day of campus-wide leadership training.

It’s a time when we bring together all of the students leaders of varying student groups across campus for some shared training and team building.

For the day, we set aside the planning and preparation for our specific areas to recognize that we — as leaders — are not alone on campus. There are others who aspire to similar heights, and face many of the same challenges that we do.

From year to year it’s never quite the same — and I think this year might have been one of our best efforts!

Personally, I had the chance to co-present to our student leadership population of 350+ about the lies many leaders believe. Many of these lies were identified by different student leaders who have seen them — in some shape or fashion — played on within the student leadership culture on our campus.

5 Keys to Your Student Leader’s Success

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Strong ministry leadership is foundational to success.

Informed, well-trained, and intentionally supported student leadership is essential to magnifying the power of, and exponentially expanding the reach of, your ministry on campus.

Student leadership isn’t just important for your ministry, but it’s an incredible opportunity for students to develop their gifts, explore their passions, and serve Christ in their campus community.

But good student leaders, and good student leadership, don’t just happen.

Making Oyster Casserole For Your Ministry: Why College Ministries Should Use Recipe Cards

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Try as she might, my mother never could quite replicate my grandmother’s oyster casserole. The wisdom of fine tuning and perfecting her shellfish delicacy passed from this world when my grandmother left us. Like so many families in similar situations, we’ve asked the anguished, hungry question “Why didn’t she write that stinkin’ recipe down?!?!”

Not that a written recipe would have guaranteed success but we would have at least had a head start, something to use as a guide. It certainly would have spared my family some of mom’s less than stellar attempts at reproducing grandma’s special dish. And who knows how many countless Pinterest users might be pinning her recipe right now if we had it to put out there and share with the world?

Leaders Who Live in the Gray of Life

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Do you have standards for your leaders?

You know, those people who mean so much to your ministry efforts — the ones who serve as extensions of you and the ministry you oversee. Those people that multiply your reach and effectiveness exponentially. Those individuals that magnify the effectiveness of your ministry because of the unique gifts, passions, and talents the bring to the table.

You know, those folks…

Do you have standards that might qualify (or disqualify) them for leadership within your ministry?

Connecting With Student Leaders… Over The Summer

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They’re gone, but not forgotten.

They are our student leaders — the heartbeat of our ministry on campus — and they’ve dispersed for the summer months.

But thanks to all of the advances in technology, keeping up with them this summer has never been easier!

And it will be important that we do, because the pace of life that most students live at is mind-boggling. They are heavy consumers of experiences and information… and they don’t like to say “No” to much that comes their way.

Unframed: The Shared Responsibility for Ministering to Collegiates

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Ephesians 2:10 says that college students are God’s workmanship…His masterpiece, they are created in Jesus to do good works that God outlined in His syllabus that they’d be involved in (yes, this is a paraphrase). Many students get to the university a work of art in progress. We can help provide them a frame in which to mount their life to the glory of God.

Campus Ministry as a Bridge, Not an Island

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The other day I wandered into the woods of a local park.

The combination of a coffee drink in one hand (a prerequisite in the Northwest) and a sunny day in April (a rarity in the Northwest) brought me and my two boys to a muddy little creek tucked behind a set of tennis courts in the very same park I had played in as a little boy.

The creek – which created a border between the park and a local neighborhood – was muddy and cold, but that was no deterrent for two ambitious and adventurous little boys.