Just sharing a small idea that’s been a big Win for us recently:
Every week we start our staff meeting with sharing: “How have you seen God at work on campus this week?”. Always my favorite part of the meeting! But we recently realized that most of that good news of God at work is staying within the four walls of our staff meeting.
As we celebrated how God is working, we never took the time to pass on our excitement to the students whom God is using.
So recently we tweaked our schedule a little:
- After we spend about 30 minutes sharing
- we praise God in prayer for a bit
- THEN we spend 10 minutes texting students our team has shared about.
And we make sure that someone other than the staff that’s discipling them (or knows them best) texts them. Hopefully they’re frequently hearing encouragement from their discipler but sometimes it means even more coming from someone else.
An example that I texted to a student this week:
“Hey man. We were just celebrating as a team what God is doing on campus and Jon shared how encouraged he’s been by your passionate perseverance in prayer! So cool that you sacrificially serve in praying for Cru every week (and that you’re leading so many to pray with you)!”
This small investment of time has been huge in helping us be more intentional in encouraging students and saying “what you are doing is significant”.
Would love to hear from you other ideas you have to be intentional in encouraging those you serve in ministry.
photo courtesy of Stephan Geyer