Some great wisdom from Brian McCollister here.
3 Keys for the First Week on Campus
- Staff must lead in evangelism. All else must suffer for the sake of getting face to face with freshmen. I tell our staff that your first six discipleship times of the year must be primarily spent in evangelism. If your upper classmen balk at this then that is evidence that you may not be working with the right upper classmen. There ought to be time to develop and teach but evangelism has to happen those 6Â times.
- If you pay the price in the first six weeks of the year you will reap the rewards for the next four years. If you blow the first six weeks you will pay the price for the next four years. I can tell how well we did in the first six weeks of the last four years by looking at the size of our classes.
- Directors must mobilize their best people assets into evangelizing/gathering freshmenÂ into freshmenÂ groups (staff/ student leaders).
We teach that discipleship is doing the right things (doing ministry together, time in the Word, relationally connecting) with the right people (faithful, available, teachable).
Here’s the key: those three things – Ministry/Word/Relationship – don’t have to happen evenly over the year. In other words,Â theÂ first 6 weeks of the year will be HEAVILY weighted toward doing Ministry together.Â Talking about life and their summer andÂ the new year as you walkÂ on the way to share your faith. That’s one reason a Leadership Retreat before move-in weekÂ is so crucial. It gives your staff time to connect relationally with student leaders beforeÂ you jump in the trenches together.
I always try to grab one-on-one lunch (Relationship) with each of my staff guys in the calm before the storm of the first 6 weeks because I know thatÂ August and September will beÂ heavy onÂ doing ministry together and lighter on Word/Relationship.
What are your thoughts on Brian’s 3 Keys?