Last week I mentioned four specific areas to get your student leaders up and running for the year. It’s fun to see what students will do when we equip them, express confidence in them and then release them to trust God.
Here are four more things that will better position us to touch more students and faculty this year.
Articulate your vision for what God will do.
I love painting a picture of what God can do through someone else. Incidentally, you can do this over the phone or using Skype or FaceTime. I use the ministry leader critical path.
I have them draw out the diagram and then we discuss Vision, Critical Mass and the critical path steps of Prayer, Evangelism, Discipleship and Sending. I ask lots of questions about what God might do, what they are trusting God for and practical first steps. I make sure I mention reaching freshmen when talking about evangelism.
I would say that this is one of the most important skills you can develop as a leader.
Make sure your info is current on the infobase. (For staff and interns in the US)
First, edit your profile so that the information is accurate. You are the only one who can do this and it only takes a minute. But it is essential for anyone trying to reach you with a contact for a campus.
Then, check to see if your name is attached to the campuses you’re on and want to reach. Our ministry locators are in lots of visible places. Parents and friends do want their Christian students to get connected. If you are working on a campus and the ministry locator does not list a ministry there, the default is “Would you like to help us start a ministry?” Far fewer will contact us when they see that than when they know that some ministry activity is already happening.
Learn how to direct and delegate rather than just doing.
I started driving tractor at 4 1/2 and a truck at 9. By now I think I am fairly good at driving. When it came time to teach my sons to drive, no matter how much modeling and teaching I did, I finally had to get out of the driver seat and give them the wheel. They made some mistakes at first. And I had some white knuckle moments. But it was necessary.
We are developing leaders. They won’t/can’t lead if we continue to do so. A good starting place is Eric Swanson’s “The Art of Delegation“.
Decide where and when to launch.
If it’s in your calendar, it gets done. As a team, decide which campuses or communities and when to launch. Three easy things to do.
The ideal time to pioneer is during the first six weeks of the semester. Students are the most open and available during this time. If you feel like you are taking time away from existing ministries, prepare your leaders the week before by saying that you will call them to talk through their responsibilities and answer any questions at that time. And let’s begin to pray that God will use your time of pioneering on new campuses to help the students on your launched campus to grow as leaders.
I tried to focus here on developing your leadership. Leaders think strategically and with the big picture in mind. Together let us pray that God opens up the doors of effective ministry on more and more campuses and within more communities, so that more and more students can hear the Good News of Jesus Christ.