It may seem like a dumb question, but I wonder… Do we really encourage our students to wrestle with their understanding of a good God in the midst of a hurting world? Do we challenge our students to sit with some of the difficult passages in the Bible that seem to paint a picture […]
With all of the transition, struggle, change and formation that takes place during the college years, I wonder how our approach to ministry with college students might change if we began to think in terms of this season of life as a ‘spiritual desert’ for students, similar to what we see described throughout the Bible […]
The college years are some of the most formative in life. During this critical time, students are going through a tremendous amount of transition… and we have been called to walk alongside them during their years on campus. One of the most significant changes — I think — comes in how students learn to view, […]
Most campuses I know of seem to have some sort of formal programming and process for welcoming students to campus, helping them to get moved in, and then oriented to their new community, before classes begin.
Most of us went through this process as a first-year student… once upon a time… and it may be that we have forgotten some of the emotions and overwhelming feelings of disorientation that often accompany this time of transition.
And on move-in day specifically, new students and parents are about one thing and one thing only — getting into (and then settled in) their dorm room.
So let me encourage us — each and every one of us — to be about that one thing as well.
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 […]
College students, especially those about to graduate, inevitably are asked, “What are you doing after you graduate?” Most of the college seniors I know feel like if one more person asks that question, they will (insert threat here). Concerns about the future are definitely weighing heavy on most students minds. But at the same […]
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, […]
In one of my posts from last week I asked if we (as ministers and as ministries) have Room for Doubt(ers)… the question arose from some reflections on a conversation from two weeks ago with Brian McLaren on The Stages of Faith Development. Doubt was one of the indicators of someone in Stage 3 of […]
The senior year of college should be the best, right? Seniors “own” the campus – they know all the best places to hang out, professors know them by name, they’re often living off campus and enjoying the additional freedoms of being an upperclassman. I love seeing the easy familiarity with college that seniors have […]
I recently returned from an area wide denominational high school leadership camp. Besides the actual contact with students that I have, one of the things that I love the most is connecting with colleagues who are in youth ministry. One night as we were wrapping up our “debriefing” time after students had lights out, one […]