Friday, May 20, 2016

College Ministry Truisms or Platitudes

A Truism is defined as, "a statement that is obviously true and says nothing new or interesting". I love that definition. Every so often, I post some of the sayings that float around in College Ministry. Some I will claim as original and some no one knows who said them the first time or even how long they have been around. And, honestly not all would agree they are completely true. So, here are some truisms I function with and by.

1. No empty seats is discouraging to newcomers....too many empty seats is discouraging to everybody.

2. Your ministry has to be YOURS....reflecting the local situation and your own personal strengths.

3. The first three weeks of the fall determines your whole school year.

4. It takes three years for a ministry to become firmly established or for it to become yours.

5. Once students have been to and inside your meeting place, they are more likely to come back.

6. A ministry tends to reflect the strengths and weaknesses of its leader.

7. Good falls are made in the summer.

8. Spend wisely extravagantly at the start of the school year.

9. Who you reach determines who you can and cannot reach.

10. Students think and talk better with free food in their mouth.

11. Developing and building up more leaders will grow your ministry.

What are the truisms that you live and minister by?

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