Tabling 101

Sam DiStefano Advertising & Recruiting, Advisors & Student Leaders, Event Ideas, Planning, Resources 0 Comments

I know what you are thinking, tabling? Really? I know, I know.  In the world of social media and well designed flyers, who needs to table? Well my friend, YOU do.

For those of you who don’t know what I am talking about, tabling refers to setting up a table outside of your dining hall or in your student union to advertise your group. Many groups miss out on this awesome opportunity to easily reach their campus because they just don’t know how to do it well.

Tabling is important because it is a free and easy way to advertise that takes just a little effort on your part. Think about it. Most schools allow groups to reserve tables as often as they would like. That means every week you could be meeting and talking to new students that might not ever have wandered into your weekly meeting on their own. Here are a few tips to take your tabling to the next level.

Make it a Habit

I challenge you to make tabling a regular part of what you do on your campus. It’s easy to table at the student activities fair, or the first few weeks of school, but often tabling drops in importance as the semester goes on. When we make tabling a habit, your campus will start recognizing your group name and have a better understanding of what you do. No matter how big or small your campus is, regularly being out there making connections makes a difference.

Get Creative

Tabling doesn’t have to be boring and it doesn’t have to just be passing out flyers for your group. Brainstorm ways for your  table to stand out. Do you want to do a Midterm Munchies giveaway and pass out snacks during that week with encouragement? Do you want to make an interactive board and ask passing students to answer questions about life and purpose? Do you want to play games and engage students about the Bible or spiritual questions they might have (click here for a fun game idea)? You know your campus best, so engage students in ways that they would be most intrigued by.

Students always love food and they love free!! Check with your school’s tabling rules and use your budget to help you make your table the coolest around. Think of key holidays ( Valentine’s day, Christmas) and times in the semester (midterms/finals) to reach the most people. Tabling can be a creative tool to love and serve your campus. Check out more ideas here.

Make it Nice

Listen friends, aesthetic is important! Take the time and effort needed to make your table look presentable. That means getting a tablecloth that fits and isn’t dirty. That means having a sign that doesn’t look like a kindergartener made it. That means having a nice and neat table. It might not seem like a lot, but when you put in the extra effort to make your table look appealing, you will see an increase in your table traffic. A clean and well designed table communicates to your peers that you have integrity in all that you do, even the little things.

Be Ready

You may think there isn’t much to tabling, but that just isn’t the case. Not only should you be prepared practically with all the materials you need to set up your table, but spiritually and mentally as well. Pray before you and/or your team tables. Ask God to give you open doors and divine connections. Your attitude at that table speaks volumes to your peers. Are you engaging with people? Are you friendly and kind? Are you genuine? Students will just walk by unless you are willing and ready to break the awkwardness and grab their attention.

Tabling might be one of the most overlooked resources we have on our campuses today. I hope you will use tabling as a tool to reach more people on your campus and get them thinking about God.

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Sam DiStefano

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Sam DiStefano went to school at SUNY Geneseo and earned a degree in Childhood with Special Education. It was at college, through BASIC, that she learned what it meant to be a disciple of Jesus. In June 2014, she joined on staff with BASIC and planted a chapter at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY that fall. BASIC has deeply affected Sam’s life and she feels called to help other students experience freedom and hope in Christ.

New Year, New Vision

Anna Marie Magyar Advisors & Student Leaders, Event Ideas, Leadership, Personal Development, Planning, Resources 0 Comments

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” -Isaiah 43:19

Hello, friend! I hope this blog finds you well and with a great big cup of coffee! I would be dishonest if I did not share with you that as I write this it is currently 8:00 at night, and I am enjoying the most delicious vanilla sweet cream cold brew!

As a sixth grade teacher and a volunteer serving in college ministry, the summer presents itself as an invaluable time. I am intentional to rest and recuperate, but also in preparation for the new school year. I begin to pray and ask the Lord what new and exciting things He will do. I celebrate as I recall His marvelous works the year prior, and recount the ways He provided, opened doors I thought were sealed shut, and gave us opportunities I could not have asked nor dreamt of.

I also bring to the Lord the areas I may need wisdom in, situations I felt were challenging, and things I feel we need to do differently or completely get rid of. Without failure, the Lord meets me in this time of dreaming and visioning for the new year. I am filled with a new hope, new excitement and joy, and a new vision for how we can show the unconditional and unimaginable love of our God to our campus.

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” -James 1:5

As the topic for this blog began brewing in my mind, I was reminded of James 1:5. For so many of us, we expect the same from the Lord that we have received or encountered with people. Circumstances with influential people in our lives begin to influence the lens through which we see our Heavenly Father. It becomes easy, even natural, to question if we deserve what we seek from the Lord, or if Jesus is truly faithful to give as generously and freely as He has promised.

It is for this reason I am so thankful for the Word, and the wisdom James received and shared. The Lord is faithful to give to you generously and without finding fault; not because He gains anything, but because He made you, He loves you, and He is pleased with you. If you question this, I challenge you to put it into practice. Seek the Lord, be open to Him doing a new thing, and watch as He amazes you with His faithfulness.

I am so excited for the new things the Lord will do this year. I am seeking Him as I embark on the new challenge at my job in doing math centers to improve learning opportunities for my students. Excitement fills me as the leaders and advisers of Saint Rose BASIC begin a whole new structure to our weekly meeting schedule (read on below if you are interested to see what this format will be). And I am filled with joy and wonder in the new thing the Lord has for you!

My friend, I want to encourage you that there is new vision for your future, your family and your life. The Lord promises to do a new thing, and I believe that is possible for you regardless of your season of life. I pray you seek His face diligently knowing that although change may seem difficult at times, you have a God who is so passionate about you that He would never leave you nor forsake you in the midst of these changes (Deuteronomy 31:6 and Hebrews 13:5).

Saint Rose Basic Meeting Schedule: Fall 2017

Starting in the fall, we will run our meetings in a four week rotation, as follows:

Week 1: Meeting will include a worship set of three songs and a message from an in-house speaker, like our advisor. A student leader will be asked to take notes on the message to share a summary of at the next week’s meeting.

Week 2: We will have worship, most likely a shorter set to account for time, and then the student leader who took notes the week prior will come up to briefly share a summary of week one’s message. This is done so that anyone who missed the week prior will not be left out of the small group discussions we will be transitioning to after the summary. Small groups will be led by student leaders who will have focus questions that will build off the week prior. We will end our meeting with a social activity of some kind.

Week 3: During this week, we will have a typical worship set of three songs, and a guest speaker. The plan is to get guest speakers from our sponsor church to help our students get even more connected.

Week 4: On the final week, we plan to have a fun get-together. We chose to incorporate this into our meeting schedule for several reasons. Firstly, many of our members already plan to attend the BASIC meetings Thursday nights. Trying to plan an event on another evening often loses several people who can’t come because of classes or other commitments. Additionally, our leaders work so hard and pour so much of themselves into the bi-weekly leaders meetings, weekly BASIC meetings, getting together with students, and their own personal to-do lists and responsibilities. Oftentimes planning additional events on top of this can be too much for our leaders. We’re making this change to avoid burnout in our leaders, and to prevent what is supposed to be a good thing becoming a burden upon them.

Words cannot express how excited I am with the changes we are making! I hope to update you on the progress of this shift in the future. 

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Anna Marie Magyar

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Wife. Cat mom. Lover of Jesus, coffee, and all things Disney. I was a student leader in my BASIC group at the College of St. Rose and have continued to help out with the group after graduating.

Ministry outreach ideas

Optimum Outreach

Sam DiStefano Advertising & Recruiting, Advisors & Student Leaders, Evangelism, Event Ideas, Planning, Resources 0 Comments

Whether you have been an advisor or student leader for ages or you have just started, it is always helpful to get new ideas to spark creativity and bring fresh momentum to your ministry. Ultimately, you and your students know your campus best. Take a look at this list of outreach ideas and think of ways your group can adapt it or make it better for your school!

Our heart is to see students encountering and being forever changed by Jesus. You are the hope to your school and I believe God is going to use you to make a difference!

Hold a Campus Blitz

If you are finding a lull in attendance or that students just don’t know your group exists, consider doing a Campus Blitz. You can contact the BASIC office if you would like staff to come and do a focused time of outreach and advertising for your school.

If the staff can’t come, there is no reason you can’t put on one yourself! Get your team together and plan to do a two day event where all hands are on deck. Set up a table in a highly trafficked area, play music (if you can), hand out candy, play games, and most importantly invite people to your meeting!

Have other students handing out info cards throughout campus on this day. You can chalk, paint, set up flyers, make announcements, write on whiteboards, do whatever you can to get the word out about your group! It works best to do this the day before and the day of your meeting.

That night have pizza or snacks, a sign up sheet, and a clear gospel presentation. It is a surefire way to stir up interest and attention for your group, as well as get new people involved and invested!

Organize Major Events

Though this takes effort, pulling off a major event well speaks volumes about your group to your campus. To regularly attract students, consider doing a major event at least once a semester. Here are a few suggestions:

-Bonfire

-BBQ/Pizza Party/Taco Tuesday

-Ice Cream Social

-Hot Dog/Hot Chocolate/Lemonade Giveaway

-Coffeehouse Open Mic Night

-Evangelistic Concert (Check out Circuit Riders)

-Kickball/Volleyball Game

-Campus Wide Capture the Flag

-Campus Wide Scavenger Hunt

-Operation Christmas Child

-Host a Movie Night

-Host a Food Tour Around Local Coffee & Food Stops

-Host a Debate

-Partner with Another Ministry (Guitars for Glory, Ugandan Water Project, etc.)

Holiday & Everyday Hand Outs

College students love free stuff and free food. Think about ways you can work this into your group’s budget. There are many excuses to give out some encouragement and love. Christmas and the candy cane opportunity may have passed, but there are still plenty more.

Consider handing out Valentine’s with scripture on them, or candy with encouragement. Earth day and Easter also present themselves as opportunities. Every year finals come around and giving out granola bars or water bottles with a smile can really be the bright spot in someone’s day.

These are just a few ideas to help you get started. Feel free to comment or share any events or outreach ideas that you have seen to be successful! You are making a difference on your campus AND having fun! Keep pressing in and watch what God can do!

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Sam DiStefano

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Sam DiStefano went to school at SUNY Geneseo and earned a degree in Childhood with Special Education. It was at college, through BASIC, that she learned what it meant to be a disciple of Jesus. In June 2014, she joined on staff with BASIC and planted a chapter at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY that fall. BASIC has deeply affected Sam’s life and she feels called to help other students experience freedom and hope in Christ.

Top 10 Posts Of 2016

Top 10 Posts Of 2016

Chris Zeigler Advertising & Recruiting, Advisors & Student Leaders, Evangelism, Event Ideas, Leadership, Personal Development, Planning, Resources, Social Media, Technology 0 Comments

With a new year right around the corner we like to take a look back at the top posts from this year. We appreciate you taking the time to read the blog this year. We know that there are plenty of resources available to leaders and we’re honored that you have chosen us. Our goal is to empower you to take your ministry to the next level and we hope that what our team shares has helped you do that.

Before we close out 2016 here’s a look back at the top 10 posts from this past year determined by how many times they were viewed.

  1. Fun Idea For Meetings: Interactive Trivia Games

    This idea incorporates a fun trivia game that anyone can set up and run for free. You could have it be a fun activity leading up to your meeting or as a way to break up the night.

  2. Why Everyone Should Pray To Be Baptized In The Holy Spirit

    There’s a lot of different perspectives on the third member of the Trinity and His role today. This post breaks down misconceptions about the Holy Spirit and explains why having Him in our lives is so important.

  3. Intentional Leadership Education & Training

    This was a guest post from Ryan Raflowski, a leader at the SUNY Oswego BASIC group. He shares about a workshop series they put together to communicate more intentionally with their group leading up to the election of student leaders.

  4. Rejoice In The Middle

    In life, we can allow ourselves to be disappointed with the process of becoming. Sometimes we need help to refocus our gaze from the struggle and circumstances we are in to the greatness and faithfulness of Him who called us.

  5. 16 Inspirational Quotes for 2016

    This post is exactly as advertised – 16 quick quotes that we gave you to kick off 2016. If you keep an eye out you might pick up on a theme next week.

  6. How Anyone Can Do Great Graphic Design For Free

    Great graphic design is hard to come by and often costs a lot of money. But it doesn’t have to. Here are some free resources that can take the headache and hassle out of designing something for your ministry.

  7. Authenticity In The Age Of Duplicity

    Students have been taught to question everything and they do. In this ever changing time, students long for some stability and authenticity. Let’s lead them to the most authentic love they will ever encounter.

  8. The Why Behind What We Do

    This short post from Sam DiStefano is a great reminder of the effect campus ministry has had on history and why it’s so important.

  9. 3 Practical Ways To Activate Your Prayer Life

    Prayer is something we all know we should do more of, but often it gets overlooked. Most of us have a desire to pray more, but saying it and actually doing it are two different things. Here are some practical ways to increase your prayer life.

  10. How To Be A Leader Amal Zeidan shares about how the secular leadership principles from the book The Ten Golden Rules Of Leadership have a Biblical foundation that can also apply to those leading in a Christian context.

So, those are the top 10 posts from 2016 all collected in one place so you can easily catch up on anything you missed. Thanks for reading and have a happy New Year!

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Chris Zeigler

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Chris Zeigler is the Assistant Director of BASIC. He was a student leader with BASIC at the SUNY Oswego campus and has never lost his heart for college students since then. He and his wife, Cheryl, have started BASIC groups at three colleges in NY. Outside of work you can hear him talking about his reluctant love for the Oakland Raiders, see him using his iPhone to get "the perfect shot" to feed his love for photography and playing with his adorable kids.

About the Author

Chris Zeigler

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Chris Zeigler is the Assistant Director of BASIC. He was a student leader with BASIC at the SUNY Oswego campus and has never lost his heart for college students since then. He and his wife, Cheryl, have started BASIC groups at three colleges in NY. Outside of work you can hear him talking about his reluctant love for the Oakland Raiders, see him using his iPhone to get "the perfect shot" to feed his love for photography and playing with his adorable kids.

Go The Extra Mile

Go The Extra Mile

Chris Zeigler Advertising & Recruiting, Advisors & Student Leaders, Evangelism, Event Ideas, Leadership, Personal Development, Planning 0 Comments

We’ve all heard the phrase “go the extra mile,” but did you know it comes from the Bible? It actually comes from the most famous sermon in the Bible when Jesus is preaching His sermon on the mount. In Matthew 5, Jesus talks about how to treat our enemies or anyone who wrongs us and then He goes on to say this:

If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.Matthew 5:41

That’s a powerful statement. Especially considering that He says this in the context of how we approach those who disagree with us or want to do us harm. It’s something good to remember with the current cultural context we live in, but I think there’s another application we can take from this that applies specifically to campus ministry.

When students come to campus they are bombarded by activities, events and opportunities. There’s so much available to them that it can be hard to get their attention. Every day people pass each other in the hallway and miss opportunities to form new friendships. Students might stop by your table and then never visit a meeting. They may check out your meeting one week and then you never see them again.

How many people would come to your meetings if students started getting intentional about forming relationships? Wouldn’t it be great if you could get people to do more than just stop by or visit once? How much would your group change if every person who came to your ministry came back? Now, to get a 100% return rate is unrealistic, but I believe that if you implement the principle of going the extra mile you’ll be surprised by the growth you see.

Let me explain a little more what I mean by going the extra mile. I’m talking about doing something so nice and unexpected that it makes a lasting impression. Sometimes it’s about putting on a big event and other times it’s about meeting a need. It could be a big or small gesture, as long as it’s memorable. This is the wow factor that makes your table stand out at the club fair or makes reputation of your meetings spread all over campus.

For example, years ago we helped the Binghamton BASIC group table at their college’s club fair. The leaders had ordered collapsible water bottles with the BASIC logo printed on them to hand out for free. They were very cheap and the idea didn’t take much to implement, but they stood out from what everyone else was doing. This small concept generated a lot of buzz and students kept coming to the table to hear about BASIC all because they had heard about these water bottles.

To meet a need and form relationships you could organize and advertise free tutoring with students from your group providing the instruction in subjects they are strong in. 

If you’re looking to do something more unexpected you could implement the idea my friend came up with for his youth group. Every time a new person visits they have them write down a Chipotle order and then they buy it for them if they come to the group the following week. If you’re like me, nothing beats a free burrito and that’s something I wouldn’t be expecting when I visit a club for the first time.

On a bigger scale, you could plan an event that really stands out and gets attention on campus. A number of years back I suggested this Love is coming. Love is here. event that I think would be amazing to put on around Valentine’s Day. 

That’s just a few ideas to get you thinking, but you get the picture. It’s not so much about using one of my specific ideas as it is about looking for ways to go the extra mile in a way that leaves a lasting impression and makes someone feel welcomed and cared for.

So, what are some ways you could implement that concept as you plan for the spring semester? How could you do this personally as you interact with people during the Christmas season and beyond? How can you go the extra mile?

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Chris Zeigler

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Chris Zeigler is the Assistant Director of BASIC. He was a student leader with BASIC at the SUNY Oswego campus and has never lost his heart for college students since then. He and his wife, Cheryl, have started BASIC groups at three colleges in NY. Outside of work you can hear him talking about his reluctant love for the Oakland Raiders, see him using his iPhone to get "the perfect shot" to feed his love for photography and playing with his adorable kids.

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Welcome Week- Pt. I

Sam DiStefano Advisors & Student Leaders, Evangelism, Event Ideas, Planning, Resources 0 Comments

We are only a few weeks away from one of the most wonderful times of year; no silly, not Christmas, BACK TO SCHOOL! Ever since I was a little girl, I looked forward to the day when I could buy my new school clothes and supplies, lay out all my new notebooks, and sharpen my pencils. The love never really faded and now that I am a campus minister, I still look forward to the changing of the seasons from summer to school!

As a campus minister, we know that the first two weeks of school (and the preparation before and after) are perhaps the most important two weeks of our ministry. These two weeks lay the foundation for the rest of the semester. Why? Because students decided in those first two weeks quite a few things: Which side of their room they want, the best route to their 8am class, and most importantly, who they want to hang out with. In the span of those few days, students are more open then any other time to make friends, listen to opinions different than their own, and receive the gospel!

In this first post I wanted to talk about a few practical ways for you to utilize every second of those first two weeks!

1.PRAY

Prayer is foundational to the success of your group. When I say pray, I don’t mean a rushed five minute prayer at the end of a meeting or when ever you happen to remember. I mean dedicating a solid amount of time to seeking after what God has for your campus. In these prayer times, ask for strategy, wisdom, vision, and most importantly a burden for those who are lost!

I also challenge you to ask God for specific and big things this year. In Matthew 7:7 he says, “Ask and you shall receive”. Most of the time we don’t even bother asking! Make it a point to gather your leadership team and pray into this year.

2.PLAN

At this point in the summer, I’m sure some discussions and meetings have already taken place. Don’t wait until right before school starts to try to pull something together. Planning events, outreaches, and delegating roles to leaders early ensures that everyone is ready and prepared. You should ask questions like, “When do the freshman arrive? When do classes start? What events are already planned by the school?” These questions will help you as you lay out your first two weeks.

On my leadership team, we have a calendar print out and talk through time and details for each event. As the time approaches, more details are filled in and follow ups are made. When working with the school it is important to think about things like submitting budgets, putting in room requests, and getting permission to hang flyers.

3.PROMOTION & PRESENCE

Like I said previously, students make a lot of decisions in the first few weeks of school, and the group of people they want to hang out with is one of them. Each student is looking for friends and a place to belong. Our job is to make our friendly and welcoming presence known! Here is a short list of event ideas to get you noticed on your campus:

-Tabling/Giveaways

-Scavenger Hunt

-Volleyball/Soccer/Football games

-Campus wide Capture the Flag (who doesn’t love capture the flag!)

-Ice Cream Social

-Game Night

-Frisbee/CanJam on the Green

-Laser Tag

-Tie Dye T-Shirt Making

Some events will require more planning and possibly funds from your supporting church or school. This is your time to get creative! BASIC has come up with a few resources that you can check out here:http://thebasicsite.org/leaders/ . Sometimes the most simple outreaches have the biggest impact. Think about what you would like or think was cool as a student and go from there. HINT: free food/stuff is always a win on campus!

Hope this was a helpful reminder and way to jumpstart your first two weeks! Check out next week’s blog where I will go into Part II of making the beginning of the year a success!

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Sam DiStefano

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Sam DiStefano went to school at SUNY Geneseo and earned a degree in Childhood with Special Education. It was at college, through BASIC, that she learned what it meant to be a disciple of Jesus. In June 2014, she joined on staff with BASIC and planted a chapter at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY that fall. BASIC has deeply affected Sam’s life and she feels called to help other students experience freedom and hope in Christ.

Reaching men in your college campus ministry and church

How To Reach More Men In Your Ministry

Chris Zeigler Advertising & Recruiting, Advisors & Student Leaders, Event Ideas, Planning 2 Comments

You may have noticed that men are like an endangered species in your college ministry and church. There’s so few that they’re likely to become extinct. You may not have noticed as much in your church because often men still hold many prominent roles, but in many campus ministries the leadership team is primarily made up of women.

It’s a trend that has been increasing over time as men seem less and less interested in Christian activities. We’ve seen a nearly 2 to 1 ratio of women to men at BASICcon. Put another way that means that men make up just one third of those who attend our conference. And that number is right in line with what researchers have found when asking how many men attend church weekly.

If we’re honest, we can see that going to a campus ministry or church meeting doesn’t feel very manly. These meetings usually involve singing, sitting around sharing feelings, praying out loud and listening to someone speak about love and the state of our hearts for half an hour. In some ministries if a man can make it out of the service without getting hugged that’s a big win.

David Murrow says, “The women in the church always outshine the men because their natural feminine gifts make them so much better at the spiritual work of today’s church: relating, emoting, nurturing, and offering verbal expression.” Clearly he’s generalizing a little bit here. There are definitely men who excel in those areas and not every church is centered around them, but I think that overall he makes a good point about how we normally do church.

But Jesus started the church by working with 12 men, so we know He considered men an integral part of His plan to save the world. I don’t remember a time in the Bible that He was known for singing or even asked the disciples to pray out loud. Jesus was known for the miracles He performed and stories He shared in sermons. He daily walked with the disciples and modeled how to live a godly life. His process involved action, not simply sitting in a meeting.

So, how can we do a better job of reaching men in our ministries? I recently finished reading a book about this problem and how to address it. It’s not as simple as just adding a men’s ministry or creating a men’s small group. In fact, studies show those types of programs rarely work.

There’s a number of things you can do to adjust your ministry so men are more comfortable and likely to come back without completely changing the scope of what you do. Start by examining everything you do through the eyes of a man or by talking with some men who come and asking them what aspects of your meeting make them feel most uncomfortable.

Here’s some practical changes you could make/things to avoid:

  • Use masculine imagery in advertising – I’m not talking chainsaws and superheroes, but you don’t need to cover your posters with flowers and hearts. We have created some great flyer templates for you to use and should have some new ones coming soon. We’ve come a long way in this area over the last couple years, but we still have some work to do.
  • Don’t arrange chairs in a circle – I’ve talked about this before, but most men (and people in general) feel awkward with people across the circle staring at them throughout the meeting. Plus it makes it harder to sneak in and just check out a meeting to see what you’re all about.
  • Avoid corporate prayer – Praying out loud is uncomfortable for many people. You don’t have to cut out prayer altogether. Leaders can pray to start the meeting or end worship and if you really want to incorporate group prayer make it overly clear that no one needs to feel pressured to pray (and make sure the one man who’s new isn’t the only one who doesn’t pray).
  • Cut down or cut out worship – There aren’t too many places where organized group singing is a normal practice. Keep worship to just a few songs (2-3) or don’t do it at all. Focus on playing more upbeat, fast songs and less introspective, slow songs. Some of the things we sing are just weird like, “From my mother’s womb You have chosen me. Love has called my name. I’ve been born again into your family. Your blood flows through my veins.” You can still hold a worship night outside of your weekly meeting so those who really enjoy worship have a place to participate in longer, more intimate times of worship.
  • Use visuals when preaching – Men tend to be more visual than women. Incorporate YouTube videos, pictures or diagrams into your sermons. My pastor uses videos frequently and he often brings a sketchpad on stage to draw diagrams that explain concepts.
  • Move around during the meeting – Maybe it’s just me, but I’m not one for sitting around for an hour or more without moving much. I even have a standing desk at work (yeah, I’m one of those). Find a fun game to play at some point in your meeting that involves getting up and moving around. People will laugh and this will create a way for men to connect with others and form friendships while bypassing awkward conversations. You could even consider holding your meeting outside once in awhile when the weather is nice as long as you communicate it well ahead of time.
  • Give men something to do – I’ve heard it said that women bond face-to-face while men bond side by side. This is why men gravitate toward activities like playing and watching sports, hunting/fishing, playing videogames, working on cars, doing service projects, etc. I just attended a conference that gave us the task of doing a service project helping a school clean out a room full of books from decades ago. It was fun getting to know some of the men and connecting with them as we did dumpster runs. Offer some opportunities for service projects in the community or on campus.
  • Hold male specific social events – Super Bowl parties, kickball games, videogame tournaments, camping trips and other similar activities are great events that men feel like they can invite other male friends to without feeling awkward about it.

Those are just some quick thoughts for you as you plan for the fall semester. I’m sure you can come up with more if you start to look at your ministry through a different perspective. I’m not advocating that you create some kind of overly macho, adrenaline packed, completely male dominated culture. But I see the lack of men in our ministries and I know God wants to see a generation of men and women rising up to impact the world with the Gospel.

About the Author

Chris Zeigler

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Chris Zeigler is the Assistant Director of BASIC. He was a student leader with BASIC at the SUNY Oswego campus and has never lost his heart for college students since then. He and his wife, Cheryl, have started BASIC groups at three colleges in NY. Outside of work you can hear him talking about his reluctant love for the Oakland Raiders, see him using his iPhone to get "the perfect shot" to feed his love for photography and playing with his adorable kids.

About the Author

Chris Zeigler

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Chris Zeigler is the Assistant Director of BASIC. He was a student leader with BASIC at the SUNY Oswego campus and has never lost his heart for college students since then. He and his wife, Cheryl, have started BASIC groups at three colleges in NY. Outside of work you can hear him talking about his reluctant love for the Oakland Raiders, see him using his iPhone to get "the perfect shot" to feed his love for photography and playing with his adorable kids.

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A Leader in the Making

Amal Zeidan Advertising & Recruiting, Advisors & Student Leaders, BASIC Crew, Evangelism, Event Ideas, Leadership, Personal Development 0 Comments

How can we as leaders, or potential leaders, be prepared for the next steps of our life? If you are a Christian, you already know that you were not meant to live an average life. Simply making it through the day with cute baby videos or tiny kittens in coffee cups is probably not what the Lord had in mind for you when he called you to be a son or daughter of the Most High God.

There is a special call on our lives to be bold as lions, yet gentle as doves. I can’t think of anyone that has lived out this call better than Jesus Himself. The example of Christ is one in which all our eyes should be turned to, not only to observe in amazement, but to allow Him to transform us into His likeness. Though this can be carried out through many ways, one way is to take heed from others who have spent enough time drawing close to Christ and have dedicated much of their lives adhering to the call that the Lord has given them. When speaking to the church of Corinth in 1 Corinthians 11:1, Paul tells the church to, “be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.” It is a good thing to learn from others and to seek wisdom and knowledge.

For this very reason, BASIC has put together a half-day leadership training just for you, BASIC Live. How exciting is it to know that a bunch of people care to equip you with the right tools to make you a more effective leader on your campus?

You don’t think you’re a leader? The Bible says otherwise! And rest assured, you are not alone. I never thought of myself as a leader either. You know that public speaking class we have to take in undergrad; I took three times and not because I loved it so much; I was terrible at it. I was shy and unaware with zero confidence to my name. I had nothing to offer anyone, until the Lord said I am His child and with that comes new everything.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.2 timothy 1:7

He equips us with everything we don’t think we have and everything we need to be a leader in His name. This training brings speakers from all walks of life to empower us to walk in that promise of power, love and self-discipline. Our campuses need leaders who have God on their side and who are prepared to take on the opposition. This is only the first step into reaching the full potential we were meant to carry out.

This is the only free college ministry leadership training so take advantage of it. Much will be said that can inspire you to take that last step needed to stand up boldly for your campus or where every God has planted you. From information on counseling and identity maintenance to practical steps for growing your group, it’s all at BASIC Live. Get plugged in and soak up the goodness!

This college ministry training event will stream to your campus, office, or dorm. The speakers include, Fred Antonelli, Esther Rock, Sam DiStefano and Nick Nilson (and that’s only less than half). Check out if there’s a Hot Spot near you or stream it from the comfort of your own home. 

Here are the details: This Saturday April 30th from 1 – 4 PM (EDT)

Hot Spots (starts at noon): Albany, Binghamton, North Country, Rochester, Syracuse and Long Island 

For more info and to register, visit thebasicsite.org/events/basiclive

 

 

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Amal Zeidan

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Amal Zeidan is a student leader for the BASIC group at Long Island University. While pursuing her Masters in Nutrition, Amal has conducted several successful debates on the Post campus of LIU. Her work at the university over the last two years has brought 'God' out of the church walls and in to the public forum. If she's not in class, Amal can be seen talking to students and engaging them with the truth of the Gospel. Keep up with her journey at JesusChrist.nyc.

Top 10 Posts Of 2015

Chris Zeigler Advertising & Recruiting, Advisors & Student Leaders, Evangelism, Event Ideas, Leadership, Planning, Resources, Social Media, Technology 0 Comments

Believe it or not, 2016 is almost here. It’s been a good year here on the blog for college ministry. Our team wants to thank you for taking the time to read this blog and invest in the lives of college students. Our hope is that in some way we have helped take your ministry to the next level.

Before we close out 2015 here’s a look back at the top 10 posts from this past year determined by how many times they were viewed.

  1. A Cheap, Easy Way To Advertise Your College Ministry This idea combines cheap materials like water bottles, lollipops, mailing labels and some decorative packing tape as a great tool for advertising your group.
  2. Which Is Better: Flashy Large Group Meetings Or Deep Discipleship? Long debated in Christian ministry circles, here’s my take on the answer to this classic question.
  3. Idea For Using Technology: Using Periscope For Ministry Read about the app that launched earlier this year and how you can best utilize it for college ministry.
  4. Is Praying for the Lost to Be Saved Biblical? We should long to see the lost come to know Him and praying for their salvation is Biblical. Read more about why it makes sense.
  5. Idea: Use Video Chats to Connect Over the Summer Many times, our college ministries increasingly pick up steam throughout each semester, and we feel like we’re just getting into the groove, when summer or winter break happens. Keep the momentum going over the summer and into the next semester by connecting with your students via video chat.
  6. Resource For Seniors: Start by Jon Acuff Over the summer I read the New York Times bestseller Start. by Jon Acuff. As I worked my way through it (it actually wasn’t work at all due to Acuff’s offbeat humor), I couldn’t stop thinking about how every senior should read this before they graduate.
  7. Ideas For Using Technology: Meeting & Event Group Text Reminders How many times have students missed your meeting because they simply forgot about it? Find out how to set up easy and simple text reminders so they never have a bad excuse for missing it again.
  8. How To Address Hot Button Issues With college students facing hot button issues every day on their campus and in our culture, how can we address these things without offending people and driving them away from God?
  9. Opening Weekend Activity: Explore Your Town Scavenger Hunt A fun idea that will help form relationships between the current and new students in your ministry, something that can be challenging at times.
  10. 5 Things I Learned My First Year in Ministry Sam DiStefano reflects on the most important things she learned in her first year of working with BASIC.

So, that’s it. There’s the top 10 posts of 2015 neatly organized so you can easily catch up and get prepared for 2016. Thanks for reading and have a happy New Year!

photo credit: Nailed it! My picture is a perfect 10! via photopin (license)

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Chris Zeigler

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Chris Zeigler is the Assistant Director of BASIC. He was a student leader with BASIC at the SUNY Oswego campus and has never lost his heart for college students since then. He and his wife, Cheryl, have started BASIC groups at three colleges in NY. Outside of work you can hear him talking about his reluctant love for the Oakland Raiders, see him using his iPhone to get "the perfect shot" to feed his love for photography and playing with his adorable kids.

About the Author

Chris Zeigler

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Chris Zeigler is the Assistant Director of BASIC. He was a student leader with BASIC at the SUNY Oswego campus and has never lost his heart for college students since then. He and his wife, Cheryl, have started BASIC groups at three colleges in NY. Outside of work you can hear him talking about his reluctant love for the Oakland Raiders, see him using his iPhone to get "the perfect shot" to feed his love for photography and playing with his adorable kids.