Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Seasons of a College Minister - The Cool Adult/The Role Model

The Cool Adult or Role Model is the College Minister who has a few years of experience and a young family or is a real world functioning single. They no longer just exist in the college world. They represent the next step in life.

Strengths of the Role Model:

1. They can model to students what it is like to be out of college and living "like a real person". Often, Campus Ministers in this season have students in their home for events.

2. They have developed some expectations in their ministry to build on. Every semester is not a blank page and they have some specific goals they are trying to accomplish.

3. They also have some real life experience to operate out of and can help students transition to this phase of life.

Weaknesses of The Role Model:

1. It is sometimes difficult to balance the demands of growing family responsibilities and a growing ministry. "Hanging out" all night is not as much of an option as it once was.

2. It is a temptation to have no separation between family life and the detriment of family...or to the detriment of the ministry.

3. It is easy to become sloppy in terms of work hours and proper work ethic.

Tasks of The Role Model:

1. Begin to develop a network of colleagues in campus ministry for support and learning.

2. The Role Model can draw on experience and developing philosophy to begin taking the
ministry to the next level. It can go past the "one group of friends" ministry.

3. Find a ministry to settle into for the long haul.

4. Develop a healthy balance of ministry and family life that will allow you to stay for the long haul.

Next: The Respected Veteran


  1. Love reading your blog each week and gaining insight and wisdom. Wanted to ask if you've read any of Mike Breen and the 3DM stuff about family or mission, family and mission, or family on mission and your thoughts? Would love to hear your take if you have.

  2. No; I'm not familiar with it. Sorry. Facebook or email me some info,