I realize many of you reading this are at regional staff conferences. Why not take this moment to forward this to your student and volunteer leaders? That is who John Mitchell, Southern New England Campus Crusade, sent this out to last week.
Most likely as you read this, you are eagerly anticipating your upcoming Thanksgiving break! Chances are, that you may think there is plenty of time to consider Christmas outreach after Thanksgiving but even with this celebration just over a week away, most of us only have a few weeks before exams end. That means right now is probably just the right time to plan for some Christmas outreaches. People are usually much more interested in spiritual things at Christmas time, so I encourage you to be ready to share the hopeful “news of great joy” that we have with your friends and classmates.
“But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.”” Luke 2:10-11
Some outreach ideas to the campus may include:
- Giving out any remaining evangelistic books and resources and/or give out the Case for Christmas at a table, or bringing them to a weekly meeting or small group and encouraging members to take 2-5 with them to give out to friends.
- Giving out candy canes and/or hot chocolate at a table near the campus bookstore when people are selling books back. (There is an interesting story about the Candymaker using/designing candy canes to tell others about Jesus–not sure if it is true or not but there is some interesting connections in the design.)
- Showing the Charlie Brown Christmas special (there is actually gospel content in it!) or the Nativity movie and having a party where people invite friends. Play some fun games and decorate Christmas cookies (made in advance).
- Get together as a group and bake cookies to give out to non-Christian friends and to the people on campus that you want to thank.
- Use the EveryStudent.com Christmas posters found at http://everystudentpromotion.com/campaigns/20-christmas/index.html to offer students an opportunity to seek Christ this Christmas.
One other thing we would like you to consider is taking a few moments to thank those who help to make your ministry possible on campus. (Phil 1:3 “I thank my God every time I remember you.”)
Some of those people may include:
- Faculty Advisor
- The person who approves your posters
- The worker who reserves rooms for you
- The accounting person who you go to with your financial questions and for money
There could be many others, but consider how you might show some appreciation to them. A card signed by those in your ministry or leadership team, a small plate of homemade cookies etc. Nothing expensive or elaborate but it shows care, appreciation and the love of Christ.
We pray that these ideas will help you reach out with the love of Jesus in a couple weeks as we enter the Christmas season. If you don’t use one of these ideas I hope it helps spark your imagination to develop other methods of reaching out!
Praying for you,
John makes use of a number of coaching strategies. He visits his campuses once or twice a semester. He calls his leaders every week or two. He sends out an email to all of his leaders every Monday with a couple of paragraphs on the topic and a link to his blog where he posts the rest of the content. These are always very well written and offer great practical coaching for leaders.