4 Quadrants of Engagement

You could spend every waking hour on your campus and not get done everything you need to get done. Am I right? One friend on a huge campus said to me one time, “I haven’t finished a to-do list since I started this job!” We all have limited time. Between family, work, ministry, friends, socialContinue reading “4 Quadrants of Engagement”

Prepare Your Freshmen for Winter Break

Do you remember the first time you came home after being at college for a semester? I do. I was headed out to see some friends and it was 11pm. My mom asked what I was doing and where I thought I was going at that “time of night.” You already know where this isContinue reading “Prepare Your Freshmen for Winter Break”

Freshmen Ministry Starts Now…

Fish. Thirteenth –graders. Newbies. Freshmen have many names.  Our campus sometimes calls them baby ducks (don’t ask, you don’t want to know). Freshmen ministry is one of the most time consuming and rewarding things in college ministry.  For many, it’s the first time they begin to own their faith. For some, it’s the first timeContinue reading “Freshmen Ministry Starts Now…”

The Barnabas Effect: The Art of Making Others Great

I remember the moment my paradigm shifted. I had turned over the leadership to one of our lunch outreaches to our interns.  I told them, “find a way to make this better.”  They did. I sat and watched how students responded to them and how within a semester more students were coming than ever before. Continue reading “The Barnabas Effect: The Art of Making Others Great”

5 Things You Do To Build A Team

This isn’t rocket science, but it seems like we are always striving to build community.  How do we get these strangers to come together and love each other and get along. With the constant influx of new people its hard to build a culture of family and community. Mike Breen writes about this and usesContinue reading “5 Things You Do To Build A Team”

Working on Jesus’ Timeline: the Plumb Line for Success

Have you ever thought about how similar Jesus’ situation was to the average college minister?  Think about it.  Jesus walked into his ministry knowing he only had about three years with his disciples. We’ve got five, maybe.  He knew that after three years they would be separated from them and so he had to beginContinue reading “Working on Jesus’ Timeline: the Plumb Line for Success”

Is God Done on Campus?

It’s that moment when you sit with your students and look into their eyes and they are done. And I mean done. They’ve pushed through the first of the semester rush. They’ve engaged their campuses with the gospel and they are spent. Like Paul, they would say, “I’ve been poured out as a drink offering.”Continue reading “Is God Done on Campus?”

Thank Them Now or Lose Them Soon

“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” Philippians 1:3-5 ESV “We’re all like a turtle on a fence post. We didn’t get here on ourContinue reading “Thank Them Now or Lose Them Soon”