We are living in a time of incredible disruption. Recently, I wrote about some principles for leadership in the pandemic. However, the overall disruption I’m referring to here is not merely due to the the pandemic, but also the economic impact of the pandemic and other associated factors such as … [Read more...] about Moving from Great Disruption to Great Discipleship
How can new college campus ministry efforts be effectively launched and how can new college campus ministry efforts be effectively launched and sustained? In this interview, Delvin Pikes, of Every Nation Campus, shares about his personal journey to faith in Christ as a college athlete and his … [Read more...] about CFLP 02: Best Practices for Starting New Campus Ministries with Delvin Pikes
How can we find the humor in life when living in such a broken world and while experiencing such a stressful year? How can comedy be used to build connection and earn attention? This interview with Addison Tweedy explores these questions and more. Addison has performed stand up comedy and has … [Read more...] about CFLP 01: Comedy, College Ministry, and Evangelism with Addison Tweedy
On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that we are officially in a global pandemic. It's now May 13th, more than two months later, and many states around the U.S. are still in lock down. Though some have taken issue with the use of the phrase “unprecedented times,” … [Read more...] about 4 Leadership Moves During a Global Pandemic
Who was Jesus of Nazareth? Was he a revolutionary? Was he a prophet? Was he a wise teacher? How can we know and why does it even matter? Gabe Bouch, a friend of mine and Lead Pastor of Freedom Church in Philadelphia, highlights the fact that Jesus' followers certainly believed he was much … [Read more...] about Who was Jesus of Nazareth?
A friend of mine who serves in university campus ministry recently told me that he sometimes wrestles with the feeling that he is wasting his life... He knows the reasons why this is not true with his head, but he was at a low point. This conversation was a moment of brutal transparency. If I'm … [Read more...] about The Battle Against Discouragement
I'm always happy to see people respond positively to the Gospel message. Whether it's in a group setting or through a personal conversation, I know the decision to trust in Jesus Christ is the best decision a person can ever make. But, in those moments, I'm usually bracing myself on the inside, … [Read more...] about How to Help A New Believer Start Well
One thing I enjoy most about the Christmas holiday season is having more time to read than is typically afforded in my schedule during other times in the year. In addition, when my family exchanges gifts, as part of our Christmas tradition, I am usually given books as Christmas presents. (Insert … [Read more...] about C.S. Lewis on our “Unwelcome Diagnosis”
Recently, I’ve been thinking about the Biblical emphasis on what’s called “the fear of the Lord” in the book of Proverbs. Rightly understood, the "fear" of the Lord is simply a holy reverence for God and his commands. In my interactions with students and young leaders, and in my general observations … [Read more...] about What Ever Happened to The Fear of the Lord?
For many people, summer brings changes in schedules along with warmer weather. This is particularly true for students and those who work with students, such as teachers, professors, and campus ministry leaders. This change of schedule is usually met with rejoicing by all, but summer goes quickly. To … [Read more...] about Why You Should Plan Your Summer
If you are passionate about your ministry vision, it’s wise to work hard. College ministry is not a place for slackers. Steve Murrell said it well in a recent article, "If you want an easy job, don't do ministry." This truth should be taken to heart by all those considering stepping into full time … [Read more...] about Pace Yourself to Finish Well
How important is full-time college campus ministry? Is it merely an avenue for relatively inexperienced ministers to get their feet wet in ministry—something that should be viewed as an automatic stepping stone into something truly important? Or, is it an area of ministry of such high importance … [Read more...] about Campus Ministry is Not a “Junior Varsity” Calling