Monday, January 30, 2012

Reminder: Tuesday, January 31 / Last Day for Early Registration

Tuesday, January 31 is the last day to register for the National Collegiate Ministries Summit in Nashville, May 2-4. The registration also covers the Wednesday night dinner and Thursday lunch. Cost now is $120 and will go up to $150 on Wednesday. Registration for a spouse is just $35. And this will stay the same after January 31.

Gabe Lyons, author of The Next Christians, will not only speak on Wednesday night, but will also lead a Mega seminar. Other Mega Seminars include such topics as Mentoring with Dr. Chuck Lawless, "7 Things Every College Minister Should Know about Freshmen" by Dr. Tim Clydesdale, author of First Year Out and "Staying Together When Everything is Coming Apart" by dr. Ron Mumbower.

Plus there will be 15 Idea Labs to choose from. These will range from issues like students who cut themselves to reaching more guys. There will be one time for Affinity groups to help you connect with those who serve in similar situations to you.

Looking forward to seeing you in Nashville. Go to the Threadsmedia page for registration specifics.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

National Collegiate Ministries Summit Schedule, May 2-4, Nashville

2:00-4:00 Mega Seminars
5:45-7:15 Dinner at Lifeway
7:30 Plenary session Michael Boggs, worship leader/Jon Acuff, speaker
9:00 Reception

9:00 Plenary session: Michael Boggs/Eric Geiger, speaker
10:30 Mega Seminars (6 to choose from)
12:00 Lunch at Lifeway
1:30 Idea Labs
2:45 Affinity Groups
Dinner on your own in Nashville
8:00 Plenary: Michael Boggs/Gabe Lyons, speaker

9:00 Idea labs (16 to choose from)
Plenary: Michael Boggs/Pete Wilson, speaker

Friday, January 13, 2012

Why College Ministry is Harder than it Has Ever Been

1. Less commitment of incoming freshmen, partly due to youth ministry being segmented from the church as a whole.

2. Declining financial support.

3. Declining commitment to college ministry by denominational leaders.

4. Competitive nature of some church based ministries toward campus based ministries.

5. Turn over in campus ministers due to declining financial and emotional support.

6. Increasing part-time work schedule among students.

7. Increasing separation and divide between religious and non-religious students.

8. Turn off of Christian students toward the organized church and desire to be more spontaneous.

9. The worship movement and large conferences has helped develop a star and concert mentality to faith for many students.

10. Increased expectations of college ministries due to the loss of high schoolers and high profile big money events such as the Passion conferences.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Pray for College Ministers Losing their Salaries

Many in the college ministry family in Southern Baptist life lost the funding for their position at the end of 2011. I say lost their funding because many of them are continuing to stay where they are and raise their own salaries. Some of these include:
Dave Buschman, Princeton
Roger and Rose Bear, Indiana
Steve Timmons, UNLV....Steve is raising his salary and moving to a campus in New Mexico.

Please feel free to let me know of others.

These friends lost their funding....not their calling!

Some feel that some established state conventions are experiencing funding changes and will possibly see cuts in their college ministry positions as a result.