Welcome to the Monday edition of the Surf Report.
.: God :
The college ministry, at my church, has been in need of a big jump start for a long time. Currently, two students attend. At one point, the college group at church had a full time pastor dedicated to leading the group and going out onto college campuses and recruiting. The college group was huge at its height…but that was maybe 9-10 years ago.
About two weeks ago we had a speaker at our church talk about what our personal gifts are and how we should be using them in the church. This got me thinking. I really enjoy mentoring others, being an open ear to listen; I also enjoy teaching out of the Bible. So…why not come up with a plan to takeover the current college ministry and infuse it with new life. Having a vague idea about how to do this, I e-mailed a bunch of friends and asked for their opinion. I specifically asked that if they attended a church college group while attending college, what attracted them to said group? Their answers are as follows:
Structure – College students are lectured to all day. Why lecture to them more by preaching for an entire hour? Instead (working with an hour format) dedicate:
- 10 minutes to announcements/ misc.
- 20 minutes to a time of worship (rock out!)
- 30 minutes to a time of teaching (make it partly an open discussion, engage people)
Activities – Schedule numerous low-key activities per month with a big activity scheduled at the end of the semester. Activities could include:
- Formal dinner – get dressed up and go to someones house for a nice dinner.
- A night of board games with another class at church
- Movie night, etc.
Leadership – activity engage/ include others in leading the group through:
- Planning activities
- Leading worship, etc.
So I’m still in the process of compiling my thoughts on this possible project. If you have any ideas to bring to the table about your experience in a college ministry or why you attended a college group, comment away.
.: Life :
Confession time, I am a bit of a Disney geek. There is something about the ability to transport people into other worlds that just sparks my imagination. Below is a video of a new water show that Disney is working on in their California Adventure park. Enjoy!
.: Gaming :
At the suggestion of a friend, I dove into Half Life 2 over the weekend. Already I have defeated futuristic helicopters, played fetch with a robotic “dog”, and entered into the darkness that is Ravenholm.
Hopefully the gravity gun renders Ravenholm a walk in the park. Until next time.