If you’re like me, you have a ton going on right now. As I write this, I’m preparing to be out of the country for ten days and I’m trying to get through my to-do list.
Recruiting is still in full swing for the Christmas/Winter conference. You might be thinking about Christmas outreaches and how to end the semester well. You know you need to think about the Spring semester, Spring Break opportunities, and you’re encouraging your students to ask parents over break about going on a summer mission. Oh, and you probably are working on your end-of-the-year ask, doing Christmas cards and some shopping and parties…Gotta do the parties!
Many have found this December checklist helpful, so I’m sending it again. Hope this helps you with your list.
- Keep encouraging students to attend.
- Help with fund raising.
- Arrange rides.
- Exchange email and cell phone numbers.
- Finalize plans.
Summer Project Opportunities.
- Bookmark the Summer Missions page.
- Encourage all to talk with parents during break about going.
End the semester well.
- Christmas party. Invite International Students. It’s a great way for them to learn about this holiday.
- Take the time to praise God for what He has done this semester.
- Gather stats and enter them.
Review plans for the Spring semester.
- Try to reserve the same room you met in this fall for consistency.
- Reserve a place and the time during the first week of classes to do a campus wide survey.
- Print off posters and flyers to advertise your weekly meetings.
- Consider an evangelistic event each month.
- Replace leaders graduating with new ones.
Prepare students to have a regular devotionals and prayer times during the break.
This one is really important. There is still time for you and your students to sign up for devotions on the My Cru app. It’s a great way to prepare your students for the break and their time home. The advent season can be a very worshipful and celebratory time and a great way to have gospel conversations with friends and family as we focus on the Christ’s coming on our behalf. But it can also be a time of letdown for many students if they go home to the rush-rush or less than favorable family situations. For all of us, the time spent in the Word is vital.