Posts Tagged ‘College Ministry’

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Chuck Bomar put together a great article on college ministry over at College Leader. It is worth your time reading and thinking through. You can find the article here: ‘The Missing Piece’

Guy Chmieleski over at Faith on Campus just finished up another blogathon. This one was “Sex & Soul”. I have read a handful of the post and looking forward to reading a few others. It will be worth your time to look through the archive. The post are very insightful and may be helpful to you in your ministry in helping your students navigate these waters.

Find the blogathon HERE

It has been a while since my last post. Sorry for the hiatus. I am working to get back on track with regular posting here and my other blog. In the mean time….

Guy Chmieleski posted some interesting thoughts on collegiates and small groups at his blog Faith On Campus. The blog is worth subscribing to and reading. I want to encourage you to take a look at these two post. You can find the first one HERE – the second HERE.

What are some of your thoughts?

Once we know what we are looking for in a leader, how do we find them? This is the hardest part. Wading through a sea of students to pinpoint potentials, then narrowing down committed students willing to give leadership a shot. Or you could be looking at a small pool of students trying to convince students they have potential. Whatever your context there needs to be a place to start the search? What is the best way to start recruiting? Here is what I’ve been learning.

First, establish a process for locating and recruiting leadership. A process or plan of action can help one swim through a sea of students without becoming overwhelmed and drowning. And it can help one navigate a limited pool to determine those with the most potential.

Keys to the process:
1. Be Clear – Make sure students know qualifications, expectations, length of commitment, etc. Students need to know what is being looked for in and what is expected of a leader in the ministry. (This can be easily communicated in an application. List qualifications, expectations, time commitment, important dates and job descriptions in the application.)

2. Be Thorough / Complete – Shake every bush you know to shake. Leaders are not always found in the obvious places. Use other leaders and students to help pinpoint potentials. Look at everyone who has participated in the ministry (small groups, worship nights, mission trips, retreats, etc.) Potentials can show up in many places.

3. Set Reasonable Time Limits – Set some deadlines. One can’t recruit forever. Help students see the need to decide and move forward in the process. Pay attention to the school calendar.

4. A Narrowing Focus – The process needs to help weed out unqualified students and recruit consistent with the ministry vision.

Ideas for the process:
Host an information lunch – Send personal invitations from you and current leadership to attend. (You may want to offer and open invitation as well.) Invite current leadership team members to come and share their experience. Have a Q & A with those leaders. Make applications and job descriptions available for potentials.

Personally recruit leaders – Single out potential students. Set a time to meet with them or send them a personal invitation to apply for the team. Ask current leadership team members to do the same thing. A personal touch can help a potential student move forward and apply.

Make open appeals with caution – If you make open appeals to the general population with in the ministry, make sure your process gives you the ability to say no to unqualified students graciously.

Second, put your process to work.

Start with an application. Develop an application to collect information from potentials and communicate expectations and clear job descriptions for leaders. The application needs to ask potentials to communicate their background (hometown, leadership or ministry experience, testimony, etc.), current situation (major, hours completed, job, how is God moving in your life now, etc.), spiritual giftedness.

Some things the application I use in my ministry includes:
Covenant Agreement – The agreement clarifies expectations of moral behavior and conflict resolution.

Spiritual Gifts Inventory – I give a website for a free assessment. They record the results in the application.

Important Dates & Expectations – I try to outline all the dates of events and other activities leadership team members are expected to participate in. The sooner they have the dates the sooner they can work their schedules around them.

Interview. After an application is turned in conduct a time to interview the potential. The interview allows for clarification of the application, understanding of expectations and job descriptions and opportunity to get to know the potential and vice-versa.

The interview also allows for the potential to verbalize their testimony and God’s activity in their life. I find this to be very important. It helps to better assess spiritual maturity, passions, and communication ability.

Ideas for the Application & Interview:
Ask what you want to know – make sure to ask the questions to collect the information needed. (Don’t go overboard – keep it with in reason.)

Involve other staff, upperclassman or veteran leadership in the interview process – a second set of eyes and ears can open a world of perspective.

The process for recruitment must be set to the context of the ministry. Using the above suggestions can help one pull together a solid process of recruitment.

How do you recruit leaders for your ministry? What is involved with your process? Share your thoughts.

As a collegiate minister I am always on the look out for new resources and places to gain insight, discover new ideas, and find encouragement from fellow campus workers. College Leader is one of those places. Spend some time on this site reviewing some of their resources (I have used a few of them) and reading the articles. I think you will find many of them to be helpful in your context.

Let me know your thoughts.

Today – I want to point you to the content posted on a few other blogs. I think you will find all of these helpful in your ministry with students.

GUY CHMIELESK on his blog Faith On Campus post some ideas for ministry during the month of April. April, as Guy points out, can be a “check out” season for students and ministries. Don’t let this be your ministry.

April can be a great month to launch a new series of bible studies. Launch a small gender specific groups focused on special topics and issues for each gender. This can be a short 4 week study.

Life Action Ministries posted a blog from an audio by Tim Keller – “Living Missionally.” It provides a practical thought pattern of how to see our context from a missional standpoint. This is how we need to help our students see and approach the world they live in.

With Easter a few days a way, I found this post at Crossway very fitting. Read Jesus Died. It takes an except from Mark Driscoll and Dr. Gerry Breshears’ book – “Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe” on the cross of Christ. We need to reminded from time to time of the physical torture the Saviour endured on our behalf.

Take a look and let me know what you think.