If you receive the QuickRead, you may have noticed my piece in the last one listing all the various topics we want to cover with students and volunteers leading ministries. There is a lot to keep in mind. I called it our March and April to do list.
I would encourage you to print out this list and tack it over your desk as an aid in planning out your coaching conversations with your leaders. (If you click on the list, it will take you to my blog post where highlighted text is hot-linked to helpful resources.)
Those of us in the Campus Field Ministry in the US are being asked to fill out an end of the year report for each unique movement we have. It can feel like a lot of work. But as you look at the questions being asked, it’s the very information we would want to know about for each movement in ending the year well—evaluation, goals, and the overall health and vitality of that ministry.
As our Student LINC and Coaching Center teams discussed the movement report, we saw corresponding connections to our to do list. And just as we would cover all those topics in multiple conversations with our leaders, we could fill out the reports in multiple sittings. The Survey Monkey platform makes it easy to do part of the report and then come back to it later to record more.
Again, the value of the report is in helping us gain a real time picture of what God is doing in the movement, to set realistic goals, and to plan adequately. This is even more important if you are overseeing multiple movements, because you don’t want to overlook critical details for any of them.
So, in the remaining weeks of the campus year, you could lump the various topics this way.
- Week 1. Identify new leadership and begin to set them up to lead next year.
- Week 2. Evaluate every aspect of the ministry, from win, build, and send, to leadership development, to the growth of the movement, and identification of new contexts within which to launch. And finally, submitting movement indicators.
- Week 3. Plan out the first six weeks and that all-important Freshman Orientation week, so that everyone knows what to expect. Then, when August rolls around, you simply execute those plans, giving you the greatest possible number of touches with the most incoming freshmen, during the time when they are deciding their values and affiliations.
- Week 4. Celebrate what God has done, and send well—for those who are returning, to the summer, and for those graduating, to the future.
With Easter just two weeks away, we are all reminded again of what God has done for us. And the life we now live, we live by faith in the Son of God. (Galatians 2:20) It has often been said that our leadership is not seen by what we do, but by what others do because of what we do. I consider that the coaching I provide others, leading their own ministries of win, build, and send, will have far greater impact for Christ than what I can do by myself.
I want to be intentional about setting up others well so they can see God use them. Then, what Paul says to the Corinthians will be realized: “All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.” (2 Corinthians 4:15, NIV).
Why not take a look at that to do list above and think through the conversations you want to have with those whom you are coaching so that each of your ministries end the year well.