What is one thing that is working well for your college ministry right now?
Currently, we have a midweek gathering that meets on Thursday nights from 8:00 to 10:00 pm. We are going through a curriculum called the Sinai Experiment, which pushes the readers to be intentional about their faith, by having them participate in weekly "experiments." There has been a lot of great discussion that has come out of this gathering time. I blog about the discussion time and the experiment I participate in at http://millennialchristianity.com/ .
How do you help your high school seniors transition to the college group?
At the beginning of the spring semester, I take my seniors through the book "Welcome to College: A Christ-Followers Guide for the Journey" by Jonathan Morrow. This book covers everything under the sun a student will go through their first year of college. The book is broken into small chapters and has discussion questions at the end, so it’s easy to use for studies. I also invite the seniors to participate in college fellowships, so they can start meeting the students who are currently in the college ministry. This is a great opportunity to help them start building relationships with new people.
What would be your top resource recommendation right now (i.e. book, bible study material, website)?
Anything by Chuck Bomar is awesome. Www.thehousestudio.com has great curriculum for young adults. As for blogs: Guy Chmieleski writes at www.faithoncampus.com , which focuses on college ministry needs. Kolby Milton runs the blog http://www.youthministrymedia.ca/. Even though it has youth ministry in mind, it focuses on the millennial generation and social media, which helps when ministering to college students. Finally www.youthmin.org for youth ministry insights.
How can we pray for you?
Pray that God continues to open doors for college students to be involved in church.
Pray for me as I balance family, seminary, college ministry, and youth ministry.