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Socially “Hot” and “Cold” Group Dynamics in College Ministry

College ministry bible studies are infamous for being either socially hot or cold; one group hangs out together outside of the group, welcomes new people, and grows closer as another leaves as soon as it’s over, makes new people feel awkward, and never return the following year. For three years I attempted to solve this group dynamic problem by making the groups “warm”–balancing out socially mature/energetic people with socially immature/quiet ones (mature and energetic do not always go together; nor does immature and quiet. I’m making a general contrast here). In those three years I saw ALL of the groups shrink and end the year with LESS energy than they started with. Year four our ministry tried something different: letting the “hot” groups get hotter and the warm/cold groups get colder. We stopped seeking balance and focused on nurturing the relational bonds that organically formed between students. The results? Our hot groups ended the year with MORE people and energy than they started with, and our warm/cold groups performed similar to the other years. The …

College Ministry E-Book! The First Four Weeks

I’m excited to announce an ebook for college ministers on how to maximize the first four weeks of school for greater effectiveness and fruitfulness. Being apart of Campus Crusade has allowed me to gain not only tremendous skills from literally thousands of leaders who have gone before, but also observe country-wide and global patterns and trends that every ministry experiences. The goal was to be as practical and non-theoretical as possible. My assumption is that you already have plenty of your own theories and many from others. I sought to distill the baseline patterns and strategies that ALWAYS produced greater effectiveness and fruitfulness; and there are lots in college ministry. This is version 1.0–I see it as a living, breathing document that will grow up and mature as it gets robust feedback from ministry leaders around the world. Sign up below and you will be emailed the book as soon as it’s complete. Sign Up for “The First Four Weeks” Ebook * indicates required Email Address * Close Click here if you are reading this …

Why You Love Survivor: Inside the Mind of Mark Burnett

I’ve shared a Brian Solis interview before with Charlene Li on Open Leadership but this one proves extremely interesting. Brian interviews Mark Burnett from Survivor and talks story-telling, behind the scenes of Survivor, and how social media will influence and affect mainstream TV. Some key quotes: “Electronic, omnipresent, water-cooler moment.” “These moments become social objects that become the catalysts or sparks for conversations.” “Casting the right people to break through the clutter and get attention.” “It’s much more difficult to keep people coming back.” This interview is extremely relevant to those planning conferences or events! So often I hear complaints about the lackluster turnout of various ministry events but I often wonder if the planners had spent time thinking about the needs and realities of those attending and what event, activity or person to bring in that would break through the clutter and cause them to pay attention that the turnout would be quite different.

Share a Resource with Ministry Leaders from Around the World!

This week on the RE-Think Blogference I’m hosting a resource drive. Much like a garage sale it’s time to take some of those great items that you have stored away and bring them out for others to see. It’s crazy to me that sharing resources outside of our immediate circle of ministry leaders still happens rarely. I’m hoping that this week provides a kick start and can show how powerful it is to share resources with a large group of people. The Blogference has been viewed in 43 different countries! Last year over 1,000 people participated in the 3 day event! Your resource has the potential to travel literally around the world! Here’s what you do: Select one or many of your favorite resources Email them to cccblogference@gmail.com I will organize all the resources that come in and share them on the Blogference in a way that’s easy to preview and download. To read more about the RE-Think Blogference resource drive click here. Here’s a short video I made that casts vision for the event: …

How to Deliver Great Presentations–New on the Top 5

If you are looking to sharpen your speaking skills this is a great blog post that provides some tips as well as additional resources for improving. If you are reading this in email click here to go to the post and view the resource. To go to the original blog post click here. Have you checked out the Top 5? Lots of great resources from staff and ministry leaders all over Campus Crusade! Thanks to Josh Otto, CCC Director at Chico State University for sharing the link!

Evangelism, Twitter, and Podcasts-3 Parts of My Week

The Blogference is alive! It has been a busy week over at the RE-Think Blogference. Last week I started hosting weekly posts from Campus Crusade staff members around the world! This week’s topic was “Are we Really Doing Evangelism the First Weeks on Campus?” a discussion addressing the tension between engaging non-Christians with the Gospel and connecting new Christians to a Christian community. RE-Think Podcast has begun! To expand the reach of the blogference and to empower and involve more ministry leaders in the content creation process I started a podcast! Dan Birch, a former student and intern at Chico State, and new staff at Arizona State University, and I discussed the topic of evangelism during the first few weeks on campus. We are now on iTunes! Click here to subscribe to the RE-Think Podcast! Should your ministry team use Twitter? A friend asked me to write something up for why and how his ministry team could use Twitter. I wrote up a short article and posted it here on my site. I would love …

Personal Development from 3000 Feet

Personal Development that’s provided by your ministry or organization offers the least resistance but often short circuits what’s actually needed to become more effective as a ministry leader. a simple chart: On the Y-axis is developmental experiences, which I define as experiences that increase both your skill and capacity in some leadership related area–giving speeches to large groups of people, working through conflict with someone, training another person are a few examples. On the X-axis is developmental information, which over time when applied correctly and appropriately will increase skill and capacity–seminary classes and informational seminars are two examples. Although I value developmental experiences more than information I do not think experiences are better than information. I do believe many ministry leaders miss out on the fruit of intentionally facilitating developmental experiences to enhance their effectiveness. It seems often that these leaders expect the fruit of developmental experiences from developmental information–it just doesn’t work that way. Here are some ways I have found to avoid leaning too heavily on developmental information: Take on short-term roles OUTSIDE …

iPhone + Mac + Task Manager = Things

If you click on any of these links I will earn ZERO dollars. The only incentive is to share a resource that I love and has made me exponentially more effective. This is a snapshot of my workflow with task completion as the goal. Inputs are the main areas where tasks are generated and outputs are the main areas where tasks are completed: Inputs/Task Generators (in order of magnitude): 1. Email 2. Meetings 3. Phone Calls 4. Text Messages Task Capturer: Things Outputs/Task Completers (in order of magnitude): 1. Email 2. Phone Calls 3. Meetings 4. Text Messages (rarely complete a task) Forever I tried capturing tasks in outlook, gmail, putting them in my calendar as events, etc. None worked as well as Things. It’s designed around three elements: Collect, Focus, and Filter. You collect/input tasks into the inbox–I use this to get my inbox to zero–I’ll turn emails into semi-specific tasks and drop them in the inbox, or make notes or write out thoughts I have that soon will turn into specific tasks. Focusing …

3 Insights from College Ministry Bloggers

The content on the Faith on Campus Blog-athon has been interesting. The sheer variety of posts has been great for me to look over. I mentioned on Twitter that I guest posted on 4,000 Ways to Maximize the First 4 Weeks. Click here to read it. Here’s some quotes from the various posts that stuck out: CCC Staff who Like Thinking About 100% Sent: A post titled Slow Fade address similar issues: “Few would argue that some of the most passionate, gifted energy among us is housed in those who are college-aged.  And yet few have succeeded in pointing such passion and energy toward lasting, healthy ends—especially in the church.”–click here to read the whole post Benson Hines, Re-Think Blogference author, who has his own blog btw: As college ministers, we believe it’s more important that students find a (solid) college ministry than that they find our college ministry (even if we do prefer our own!). And we believe it’s more important that students are impacted than that they are recruited.–click here to read the whole post Brandon Smith writes …

Do You Commute Your Resources?

Chris Brogan talked about the challenges of commuting to work in a big city. His video challenged me to think about areas where I am unnecessarily commuting. Sadly I have to admit that I’m still commuting many of my resources. When you think about the best resources you have are they being shared mostly/only with people that are either… geographically near relationally near asking you to send them something These are all examples of resource commuting. Driving and depositing content that could easily be uploaded and available with significantly less time, energy, and resources invested. If you’re comfortable with your resource commute: are you comfortable with other leaders spending time creating something that you have already done? if you’re a trainer or developer are you okay with the 5, 10, 20 people getting your best instead of 500, 1000, or 2000? Places to share: Your blog or someone else’s blog that you trust Google Docs Dropbox****this is worth signing up for and trying for a week**** Your ministry’s central database or wiki Are you sold? …