How do you plan for a fall of ministry with the looming possibility of no college students on campus? Let’s talk about: What we know right nowWhat we can do about it What we Know Right Now One thing is for certain, a LOT is going to change over the summer in the world of Higher Ed. Here’s what we know right now in late April 2020: There’s a good chance the fall … [Read more...] about What if there’s no fall? College ministry on an empty campus
If you've ever tried to make a playlist for a College Ministry meeting, you've found that it's not easy to find fun songs that are clean and that appeal to an ethnically (and spiritually) diverse college student audience. Notice any pattern in the Top 50 songs? According to Newsweek's article How Songs with Explicit Lyrics Came to Dominate the Charts, more than 2/3 of the … [Read more...] about Good Clean Fun Music Playlist
When it comes to the fall in college ministry, as Paul Worcester has said - It's All About the Contacts! Because of that, a lot of thought and time has gone into crafting a perfect spiritual interest survey: how to throw the net broadly but not so broadly so as to become useless. We aim to survey about 3,000 students in the first two days of school. The problem we run … [Read more...] about The Perfect Spiritual Interest Survey
For decades, Cru's mission has been "Turning lost students into Christ centered laborers." Our mantra has been "Win/Build/Send". The reason I have remained on campus for 20 years is because I want to send laborers to the harvest. But over the last few years I have been convicted that on our campus, our Cru movement could more accurately be described as … [Read more...] about The 1 Common Element of Radical, World-changing College Movements
As we as Christians think about where to invest our time and resources, I think these maps are really helpful: Faithland from VividMaps NYTimes's Ross Douthat's reaction (and Rod Dreher's response) to that map: As you might guess, I am with Douthat on this one. Granted, I haven't read Dreher's book. But it just doesn't seem like the early church waited around for the tides … [Read more...] about What Do These Maps Tell You?