What are you doing to lead students who are exploring a call to ministry? If you’ve been in college ministry long, you know that if you want something to happen you have to be intentional about it. So many things happen in a semester that good intentions can easily get lost. So, in the span of the semester how can we best engage students who are exploring a call to ministry? Consistent rhythms can help.
Here are a few suggestions:
Once a week
Ask the question, “Is God calling you?” Ask it consistently. Many students may be open to God’s call on their life, but they do not know what to do next. Consistently asking students presents the possibility and provides an opportunity to encourage students forward in their discernment journey.
Once a month
Meet with any students that are exploring a call to ministry. Over coffee, a meal, or in conjunction with one of your weekly meetings. Ryan Scantling, BCM Director at the University of Arkansas, schedules a monthly meal with students that are sensing a call to ministry. This is a time for them to discuss where they are in their discernment process and often includes a chance to hear from ministers and leaders. These individuals are invited to share their own call experience and talk about the role in which they serve. This smaller group also provides the opportunity and time for students to ask questions.
Once a year
Offer an opportunity for students to spend a longer time engaging in an intensive event that helps them explore their calling. Attend a retreat or conference for students called to ministry like the “Called to Ministry Track” at Collegiate Week. Some state BCM organizations plan a retreat specifically for students called to ministry. You might also work with a local seminary who would host your students on campus for a campus preview and some retreat or discernment time.
These are just a few ways to help you get started walking with those students who are called to ministry. Keep following Collegeministry.com’s socials to learn about upcoming resources and events, and also check out calledtoministry.org to find more ideas and resources to help your students.