You’re probably here because you saw some tweets, or you came over from my college ministry blog. So here’s a little about me.
Basically, I’m a ministry explorer. I’ve had some crazy adventures – like a yearlong road trip – and now I think a lot about, well… gaps. Gaps in Christian ministry. Places where we could pay better attention to what God’s already up to.
Right now, I’m thinking a lot about Sunday Morning Hospitality, and I’ve been exploring College Ministry for a long time. Discipleship-based Mobilization, Vocational Theology, Leader Empathy, and other areas are on my mind plenty, too.
Scroll for more. Or follow my tweets, if you’d like.
The Church Explorations
How many churches can a person visit in a year?
At what point does it change him forever?
I set out from Dallas and returned for good 370 days later. Among other adventures, my road trip was spent visiting 165 weekend church services. So I got to see the de facto summit of the Evangelical liturgical calendar – the Sunday service – dozens of times over. Not as a speaker or “special guest” or even an invitee. I was just a visitor.
And over time, little by little, I learned to walk in a visitor’s shoes. I didn’t just learn to see from the viewpoint of a brand new guest, either. Everyone who enters a church service – from new-to-town to “regular attender” – is a guest, but that doesn’t mean they always get treated that way.
So what’s to come of a church-visiting adventure, of notebooks after notebooks filled with observations? What’s to come of a trip that changed me, leaving me with a unique ministry viewpoint I can’t shake? I’m working on the book. Maybe I’ll start a blog? For now, you’ll have to settle for some tweets.
The College Ministry Explorations
Years of experience on campus, a yearlong road trip, and plenty more adventures.
Now happily serving those who want to impact college students, whomever they may be.
A year road-tripping across the country, sitting down with 300+ college ministers, visiting 181 college campuses on that trip alone. All to learn more about the amazing field of college ministry. (Before that, I’d served in college ministry myself for several years.)
I came back from the road trip with a very broad understanding of the world of American college ministry. And breadth really matters. Our field is complex, diverse, and often very different campus-to-campus and city-to-city. Plus, we can learn a whole lot from those outside our own regions and organizations. Right?
So having seen more than maybe anybody, I’m compelled to serve the field of college ministry however I can. See below for some ways you can take advantage (so you don’t have to take a yearlong road trip of your own).
The Book: Reaching the Campus Tribes
For anyone who wants to reach the campus: college ministers or those sending them.
It’s an ebook.
It’s a quick read.
And it could change the way you see the campus and reach its students.
We’ve viewed collegiate work as just another life stage ministry. What if it’s something else entirely?
The Blog: Exploring College Ministry
For college ministers.
Over 2000 posts since 2007, coming from years of college ministry work, time on hundreds of campuses, and connecting with hundreds of your fellow college ministers.
Whether you need a regular shot of campus ministry brainstorming, want to learn beyond your experiences, or have a specific topic in mind, Exploring College Ministry is my labor of love for the field.
Consulting & Speaking
I love discussing what churches and ministries can do – or do better – to reach college students. And I’ll start with what you’ve got, not what you don’t.
And for college minister conferences or student gatherings, I’m dedicated to providing whatever you need most (with a crazy number of experiences to draw from). And it goes beyond “messages” – there are several ways I can impact a gathering.
Whatever your need, my broad explorations can go to work for your ministry.
There is great opportunity in the fields before us, a chance to win students to Christ, to serve campuses with His love, to claim extensive ground for God’s Kingdom, to prepare for the future of Christianity, to hold back those staggering to slaughter, to strengthen those who are growing, and to see young people transition well…Reaching the Campus Tribes