Archive for Next Generation Church Leaders

World Domination

I host a once a month gaming night at my house.

I grew up playing games like Super Mario, Contra, Risk, Axis and Allies. I like baseball, football and the olympics. In high school, I programmed a game on my TI-85 that was passed around school until nearly everyone was playing my game.

I love playing games so much that I host a once a month game night at my house.  It’s normally a bunch of guys eating great snacks and playing Carcasonne, Settlers of Catan, or another strategy game until way too late.

In each game, the rules are different, but the goal is always the same:
World Domination!

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5 minute mentoring

MentoringThe funny thing about working with college students is that while I keep getting older, they are always the same age, 18-22.  There are always students graduating and students who are just getting started.  Therefore, it is important to developing the next set of leaders.  I want to focus on one way to that I use to develop leaders, 5 minute mentoring.

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Why do students leave their faith

University StudentsSomewhere between 60% and 80% of high school students will leave their faith in college.  Depending on where you live and who is doing the research.  That is a LOT of students leaving their faith.  Unfortunately it hasn’t changed much over the past decade.  I remember hearing the same statistic quoted to me when I was leaving high school in 1998.  The question I want to tackle is why do so many students they leave?

I remember hearing that statistic over and over again as I finished my senior year in high school.  I remember that I was determined not to be one of those people who left the faith as they went to college.  So when I showed up at North Dakota State University as a Freshmen I went looking for the Christian fellowships on my campus.  I got involved with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for two reasons.  One was that they played Ultimate Frisbee on the field behind my dorm.  The second was that the first three meetings I attended the dean of the college of engineering and architecture was speaking and he gave a phenomenal defense of the faith.  I loved it!

As a campus pastor I help college students move into the dorms every fall.  I meet hundreds of students and their parents.  As I move students into the dorms I always do an informal survey.  I ask the student if they have a religious or church background.  Working in a rural MN setting I have found that roughly 60%-70% of the students say yes.  While the number has declined over the years, it is still high.  I used to get excited about how many said yes.  Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to translate to involvement in fellowship on campus.  So what happens? Read more