It seems both simple and obvious, but while you’re out and about on campus — remember to smile. As I’ve walked around on this first day of class, I’ve been surprised by how many people I’ve got off-guard with something as simple as a smile. It may be that they’re new to campus — and […]
As we begin a new year of serving students, I’m reminded of this tension we all serve within. So much of what we do is event-based or program-driven. And although we consistently tell ourselves that these programs and events are a necessary means to a hopeful end — the vehicle that can create the connections […]
By my own confession, I’ve never been much of a handy-man. If given the choice, I’d much rather pay someone to fix — well, whatever really — because I’ve found that I rarely know how to identify the problem, how to get to the problem, what to do when (or if) I find the problem, […]
For me and my campus ministries colleagues, the summer of 2013 has been an unusual one with time-intensive administrative reviews, reports, and budget prioritization spreadsheets. So, while there are very few students around, it has been less of a change of pace than we typically experience. For that reason, I have been especially excited about […]
Here you go! All in one location… A wide-array of resources for our critical work with students. BOOKS College Ministry: The Fuel and The Flame: 10 Keys to Ignite Your College Campus for Jesus Christ, by Steve Shadrach Shaping Their Future, by Guy Chimieleski God on Campus: Social Causes & Global Effects, by Trent Sheppard […]
“Know your strengths, vulnerabilities, and triggers.” Check. “Get used to uncertainty and conflict.” Double check. “Experiment beyond your comfort zone.” Um…really? If I already know it works… “Take care of yourself.” Yikes. I’m probably going to have to have a hard conversation with myself. About 15 months ago, I read these words under a heading […]
People are watching. And we know that the Church (which our ministries ultimately fall within the framework of) is in the midst of a publicity nightmare within North America. We live and serve within an increasingly post-Christian nation — and I think a lot of it has to do with the ways we as Christians […]
Did you hear it? Just now… When you flipped the calendar from July to August… By my estimation approximately 78% of you — of us — just heard that boulder drop from the sky somewhere behind us. And we know it’s now rolling our way… It’s the start of a new academic year fast-approaching. And […]
When’s the last time you asked God for a target? For His target? When’s the last time you asked God who He wanted you to spend your time and efforts pursuing? If you’re anything like me, you might tend to operate on autopilot when it comes to questions like this. As people serving the campus […]
How does this fit with your own sense of calling? What about this do you struggle with?
Why do you lead? What does leadership mean to you?
When I think of July, I think of this…
That’s not me — and I’ve never been to this location — but it’s still what I think of when I think of July.
Well, for starters it’s typically so hot and steamy here in the greater Nashville area that if I’m outside I prefer to be someplace wet — where I can actually enjoy being outside.
But I also like the peace and relaxation this image evokes. It speaks of a slower pace of life, and inner rest, that I don’t think enough of us experience very often.