Dave Michels, MTL in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, recently updated the information outlining their Freshman Takeover Night.
Dave says Freshman Takeover Night is one of the best things they do. It’s key in getting Freshmen/First Year students engaged in the movement early on, and they see the great contribution they can make.
The team usually has a staff member or key student help organize the first gathering of freshmen after a regular Cru meeting. They are handed two documents.
The first, a one page document describing the Freshman Takeover Night and how to plan it. For example, Dave suggests that they “gather as many freshmen to an organizational/planning meeting that have been coming…Have someone collect names and emails…Do whatever is possible to include every freshman.” Dave reminded me “Involvement breeds Commitment!!”
The second handout is on Talk Preparation.
The movement does it again second semester, with a little less guidance. The Sophomore class is also given a night to plan each semester, but they are given the night and told to just inform the weekly meeting coordinator of their plans.
What I like about this is how Dave and his team are being intentional about giving ownership to students. It would certainly be a lot more comfortable for the freshmen, not to mention the staff, to not do a Freshman Takeover Night. But this is a great learning and developmental strategy.
Fall 2016 Coaching Tips
- “Act as if it were true”.
- Beginning the Campus Year Checklist.
- Ways a coach helps.
- Engaging South Asian Students.
- Did you know…?
- Using Summer Connect Content this Fall.
- Destino Connecting Culture and the Gospel.
- I’m listening to you.
- Movement Leadership Forms.
- Outreach in real and virtual contexts.
- Ministry beyond ministry.
- Launch and Build Bridges Movements.
- Future Teachers Living Missionally.
- A Destino multiple movements case study.