Are you leading the collegiate ministry in your church, or is the collegiate ministry in your church leading you? Funny how that works, isn’t it? Leading and learning are so closely connected. A few days ago, I enjoyed a burger and milkshake with a college student friend. We discussed her recently completed semester of learning abroad and her future plans. Perhaps, since I’ve lived and learned a few decades longer than Katye, she gained insight and encouragement from me. Perhaps. I’m sure, however, that as I listened to her depth, passion, struggle, and commitment to living life fully, my hope and sense of awe and adventure for life’s journey was renewed.
Listed below are quotes that make me think as I both lead and learn from college students.
“A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.”
“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
“The most effective way to do it, is to do it.”
“Outstanding leaders go out of the way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.”
“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.”
“Delegating work works, provided the one delegating works, too.”
“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.”
“A leader is somebody you follow. I have this friend who wants to be a leader but nobody follows her. I don’t think you can be a leader if nobody follows you.”
Leading collegiate ministry is both leading and learning, filling and draining, energizing and exhausting, questioning and answering. But don’t forget that you’re not alone in your efforts.
Whether your job title includes “college minister,” or you’ve found the age group added to an already full plate of responsibilities, Collegiate magazine can be your new best friend. Collegiate is full of helpful and interesting articles, ministry ideas, and best of all, weekly Bible study using a systematic approach to take college students through the Bible. The Spring issue is available now, and March 1 is just around the corner. You’ll also want to check out the teaching plans and commentary, designed as an accessory to each issue of Collegiate and written by those who know college students. Everything you need can be found at threadsmedia.com/collegiate.
Using these helps will save you so much time. Instead of developing your own material week after week, you’ll have time to enjoy a burger and shake with a college student friend. You never know who will learn the most!