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- Community: It is a time and place that students can gather to meet others who share their commitments and to feel loved and known. Many attach some sort of social event or meal before or following many or even each of their events. At the very least, they make hanging out before and after an obvious part.
- An Entry Point: There is no big commitment necessary to come and sit in and be a part of a large group worship. A student does not have to share their views or even know how to find Leviticus in the Bible. This event is used by many to point students to their small groups where the more individual discipleship takes place.
- Worship and Teaching: Some College Ministers say this is the time and place that their core students can invite friends and know they will hear the Gospel proclaimed. Others speak to the ignorance of the Bible by even students who have grown up in the church and the necessity of basic teaching. It also offers the venue to speak to specific college student questions and issues that will likely not be addressed in a worship service at church for all age groups.
- Students expect excellence or some would say are more picky due to attending high profile events.
- Students feeling known and cared about over the long term can outpace the speaker being super cool.
- Many Students want to be allowed and even challenged to think….and participate in the event…not just have a performance put on for them by professionals.
- Events need to start and end on time….Respect they are students with many obligations and commitments.
- Students need to be allowed and taught how to lead in such events to prepare them for service in churches for years to come. This is an investment of time not just for now, but for their service for the rest of their lives.
- Why am I quitting….really?
- What other events or ministries will replace the teaching, community and entry point aspects?
- Are there others I could enlist that would be a rotating team of quality speakers that might ease the strain of just one person speaking each week?
- How will not having a weekly large group event affect the awareness of our ministry by students who are not already core students?
- Honestly, have I invested the time and planning to have a quality event or am I just stumbling into it each week?
- Then, what is best and right for this ministry….not the one down the road or that gets all the press?
Guest blogger Arliss Dickerson served as Baptist Campus Minister at Arkansas State University for 32 years and currently serves as a leadership consultant for Collegiate Ministry through Lifeway.