Thursday, October 25, 2012

"College Ministry Ideas from Pennsylvania/New Jersey"

One of the great things I get to do is being in different states with College Minister meetings. Recently, I was in Pennsylvania with the Penn/Jersey Baptist Collegiate Ministers and asked them to write down some things that had worked for them. These are from different type campuses and different size ministries.

Iron Chef competition with students

Find a missional destination/partner that you stay with year after year.

Read "When Helping Hurts"

When starting a new work on a campus that already has a spiritual community, contact the leaders of the other spiritual groups before you arrive on campus. Let them know that your goal is not to compete with them for students; ask for their help in getting to know the campus, the faculty and the administrators.

We purchase Starbucks gift cards and give them to our students with the intent that they would invite someone to coffee and spend time I. Spiritual conversation with that person. That adds value to their lives.

There are 6 or 7 Christian groups on campus and we don't always see eye to eye. We have put on "All Campus Worship Sessions" to bring about unity among fellow believers.

Senior Exit - an intentional process to help students transition from campus to community life.

Coming soon: Ideas from Florida

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