Archives For November 2012

“We as staff need to learn to become experts in helping students reach their own campuses and the world they enter into after graduation.”Brent Trickett


Valeree Joy Rillon, Cru staff in Manila, Philippines, wrote a brilliant post on Ken Cochrum’s blog on what she’s learned adjusting from staff-led to student-led.

students on denver campusTRUST GOD and TRUST THE STUDENTS.

We need to TRUST God that He has already prepared “harvesters” even in an untapped campus and it’s just for us to intentionally find where they are and are just waiting to be coached. We need to TRUST even a single committed student to OWN the VISION for his/her campus and rallying it to become a reality in his/her own strategies aligned with the principles of how God distinctively called CCC. Students feel how we view them. Honestly, I was so high-controlling before that my disciples viewed my personal strategies as their principles. They were boxed how I do things that they never even reflected on why they are doing what I was doing. But when I learned (and am still learning) to let go and gave them the freedom to strategize how to reach their campus, OWNERSHIP increased and their LEADERSHIP got more empowered.

Success in seeing STUDENT-LED MOVEMENTS is simply taking the initiative to challenge students to build spiritual movements in the power of the HOLY SPIRIT and leaving the results to God! To God be all the glory!


Read the rest (it’s short and well worth reading in its entirety – we will be reading it as a team this week during planning)


What do we as staff need to do to become experts in helping students reach their own campus and the world they enter into after graduation?


photo courtesy of University of Denver

Valeree Joy Rillon is on staff with Cru in Manila, Philippines and posted this great insight on Facebook:

As a Christian GROUP, we greatly rejoice when someone receives Christ.

As a Christian ORGANIZATION, we greatly rejoice when they come back for follow-up.

As a Christian MOVEMENT, we greatly rejoice when they multiply because we would see more people knowing, growing, and multiplying in Christ!

So what are we?gold lights

A Group?

An Organization?

Or a Movement?


Brings to mind that we constantly need to be asking our staff and students:

  • What are we?
  • What is success for us?
  • What are we trying to accomplish?

For us, as a team, it’s easy to celebrate (and count) conversions. But more difficult to keep a pulse on follow up and multiplication (therefore making it more difficult to celebrate).

How about you – how does your team celebrate multiplication?

photo courtesy of gracias!


I love sharing good resources. Conversely, I hate the idea of college ministry staff reinventing the wheel, taking up precious time recreating stuff that should be readily available.

So, as many of us in college ministry head into planning for the spring, I thought it would be helpful to compile in one place the best resources I’ve found on planning.



  • Three evals that we do every December with our team:
    • Evaluating the Quality of Your Discipleship
      • each staff does this with everyone they disciple
    • Ministry Evaluation (or “how to avoid a brutal first day of team planning – slogging through a group evaluation of the movement”)
      • We email this out to our team a few days before we plan together (it REALLY speeds up team planning because, individually, you’ve already done the heavy lifting of evaluating the current reality of your movement)
    • Personal Staff Evaluation

  • The most practical advice I’ve heard in the past few years on planning (how Penn State Cru plans) – Buckets and Holes
    • Using what we’re good at to fix what we’re bad a

  • A data driven way to plan (and my favorite way to do it): Putting Everything on the Wall
    • How do you take all that is going on in your movement (the good and bad) and all you hope to accomplish (with often conflicting team opinions on what we should focus on next) and make sense of it all to determine what your team needs to focus on in the fall?

  • A compilation of quick resources you can plug into your planning content:
    • Key thoughts on planning
    • Analogies on planning (to help your team vividly see why they need to do the hard work of planning)
    • Questions to help you assess your movement in different ways
    • Quotes on planning (again, to help align your team to why we plan)


Your turn: would love to hear what planning resources you’d recommend – share the wealth in the comments!


photo courtesy of John Mallon Iphoneography