One of the most important things in ministry, to me, is getting on campuses. I love it. It is so much fun just to walk on campus and get the looks of, “You do not go here.” Trust me, I know I don’t go here, and all the looks show it. There is something that is so fun about being on campus, and the students freak out when you are. You are in their world. Students who are shy to you on the weekends come up to you and say hi when they see you walking around at lunch.
This last Monday I got to speak at one of our local high schools Cookies & Christ (Christian Club) at lunch. It was amazing to see a ton of students give up their lunch to come listen to some chump (me) talk about Jesus. I loved it. I love being on campus and hanging out with students and meeting new ones.
Here are some of thoughts on getting on campus, what to do, why it is important:
- Make sure you are cleared- I dont know how all schools are, but here in CA it’s really hard to get on campus right away. There are papers and back ground checks to be done. Our students asked me to sneak me on one day, but I said no. Getting caught in sneaking on could do more damage than doing it the right way and waiting to be cleared by the school.
- Be as polite and make as many faculty friends as possible- When I go on campus, I introduce myself to every staff I see. I try and remember names. I get to know the lady at the front desk. If I can meet the principal I will. If you follow the rules and just be polite, going out of the way to say hi is huge.
- Get your students to introduce you to friends who don’t come to church- There is something about when you come to their “land”, that wall is broken down. Whether they know it or not. You have come to them, they usually are more likely to be open because you have come to them in their world and when they see you in your ministry, they might be open more to what you have to say or teach.
- Don’t go long- Realistically, by the time all of the students get into the meeting room from lunch, you have 15 minustes. You want to be done with time to talk with anyone who wants to talk after wards. I failed this last week. I went all the way to the bell. It just makes me need to refine my message more and know exactly what I am going to talk about.
- Enjoy and have fun!- It is fun. Once you are on the cleared list, you are on the campus, you have a message for the students, meet all the friends, meet the staff, preach the Gospel. For me, this is the most fun. I love it. Eat it up. Enjoy it.