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. 

About the Author

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.

BASIC Live - Free online ministry leadership training

Free Ministry Leadership Training

Chris Zeigler Advisors & Student Leaders, Leadership, Personal Development, Planning, Resources 0 Comments

One of the biggest challenges in ministry, and especially college ministry, is the challenge of raising up solid leaders. In college ministry it’s an ongoing process because of the high rate of turnover. So, when you do find leaders how do you train them and get them prepared for ministry in the fall?

It’s because of these challenges that I’m really excited to tell you about our 5th annual leadership event, BASIC Live, coming up on April 22nd. This year we have an incredible lineup of speakers. The even better part is, this training is completely free and you can view it online from wherever you’d like or join a Hot Spot in your area to watch with other leaders!

If you can’t join us the day of, there’s a way to sign up to watch afterwards. On April 22nd, the broadcast starts at 1 PM eastern time and will run till about 4 PM with breaks in between sessions. The Hot Spots start at noon with lunch provided.

Throughout the day we’ll be hearing from speakers like Onterio Green, young adult pastor at Bishop T.D. Jakes’ church. We’ll also hear from life coach Cindy Scott who will share coaching tips for working in teams and about how God has designed us. And there are so many others who will speak on topics of worship, raising up student leaders, discipleship and general leadership principles. 

It’s going to be an incredible event! To learn more, find a Hot Spot near you and to register check out the BASIC Live page.

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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.

How To Make Better Decisions

How To Make Better Decisions

Chris Zeigler Advisors & Student Leaders, Leadership, Planning 0 Comments

Who should be making the decisions in our ministries? Should it be the church advisor, student leaders or a group effort? I recently read The Decision Maker by Dennis Bakke and wanted to share what I learned about making decisions with you. As co-founder and CEO of AES, Dennis Bakke built his company into a Fortune 200 global power company with 27,000 people in 27 countries.

Afterwards he also used the principles shared in his books to create Imagine Schools, the largest non-profit charter-school network in the U.S, and established The Mustard Seed Foundation, which provides scholarships to Christians pursuing advanced educational degrees in preparation for leadership roles in society.

The book primarily focuses on how businesses and organizations make decisions, but I think most of the concepts can be applied to our BASIC groups. When planning for a BASIC meeting, event or outreach, there are a lot of decisions that need to be made.

The author suggests that the way decisions are made tells you more about an organization than anything else it does. I’m sure you can think back to decisions that were made in your ministry and see the effect they had on where you are today. But, can you remember how those decisions were made? We all go through a process when making decisions and some processes are better than others.

We tend to think that whoever is “in charge” should be making all the important decisions, but maybe the boss isn’t the best person to make the call. In The Decision Maker, Bakke describes bosses as coaches who often try to play the game too. He says, “You can’t tell a player what to do every single play. It’d ruin the game…People are happiest when they have the ball and are in a position to make the decisions that affect their world.”

Essentially, he encourages the reader to release ownership of decisions to others, which will in turn encourage them to be more engaged. Often, students have more knowledge about what decision would be best because they are closest to the situation. They know the student body and campus better than anyone else.

Does this mean we should just do away with advisors altogether? No, there will be times when you see potential problems or opportunities that they don’t. This is why seeing yourself as a coach is important. You can point out the things that they don’t see without making decisions for them.

Why wouldn’t you just make the decision? Well, Bakke has observed that distributing decisions more broadly and inviting more people to be part of the process will lead to more engaged people and better decisions. Better decisions lead to a healthier and stronger ministry.

The person who’s in charge does have one big decision to make. They are the one that decides who makes the decisions in the same way a coach decides who plays. There are factors that go into deciding who should make a decision. The decision maker should be someone with expertise, a good listener with a history of making good decisions and someone who is close to the situation.

The decision maker is responsible for getting advice from others. Most of us do this anyway when we have a decision to make, but there are some guidelines for who is best to ask for advice. They should ask someone with experience with this problem, people in different positions (a leader, peer, someone below them and possibly someone outside the organization) and those who have a responsibility and ownership associated with the project.

It won’t always be easy to trust and empower others to make decisions, and there will be mistakes made along the way, but our job as campus ministers is to train up and empower the next generation. We can’t do that if we’re always the main decision maker.

There’s no better way to empower others than by releasing some of the decision making to others in your group and it will most likely help you identify future leaders as well. Give it a try as you go throughout this semester. Look for opportunities to put the ball in student’s hands remembering the principles of who should make decisions and how to ask for advice. If you want to learn more about the decision making process you can purchase the book or check out this summary.

I bet in many ways you’ll find it freeing as you are able to pass on responsibilities to others and clear your plate a little. I can’t wait to hear how it goes!

 

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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.

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!

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.

Leading With Vulnerability

Liz McNeill Advisors & Student Leaders, Leadership, Personal Development, Planning 0 Comments

I love plans. There is security in them, always accompanied by back up plans, and even some room in the margins to grow. I had plans for my present, my future, and a list of back up plans for each one. Then God asked me to give my plans to Him.

My plan was to be a doctor. It was my Halloween costume of choice as a child and my birthday wish when blowing out candles over a cake. As I grew older, I worked hard to make the dream come true. I woke up early for class, stayed up late to study, and attended plenty of labs in between.

One day, the head of admissions at a medical school called me, told me I had a future in medicine, and that I was accepted into his program. Then I went to BASICcon. I felt God pulling—not gently tugging, but wrenching—my heart. He was asking me to choose a different path. But I chose to ignore it because I was too scared.

I couldn’t picture a life without a plan. I stuck with medicine, not because of calling, but because of fear. Thankfully, God didn’t let me go. On the day of my college graduation, I felt a change come over my life. I finally had the courage to place my plans into Jesus’ hands.

There is such beauty in giving our plans to God. The minute we choose to be vulnerable before Him, He has access to our hearts and lives. The thing is, it’s not easy. One of my favorite stories in the Bible is found in Matthew 14 where Peter is called by Jesus to walk on the water. I love how Peter steps out in faith and walks! However, he becomes discourages and falls beneath the waves.

Peter was doing a great job, but the minute he took his eyes off Jesus’ face, he began to sink. Keeping our eyes on Jesus puts us in a place of vulnerability, but also in a place of strength. We need God’s help to get us through each day. If you don’t have plans right now, don’t look down, keep your eyes on Jesus.

Now, as with every piece of advice, here is a grain of salt: Do what the Lord is calling you to do. So if you have plans from God, follow them! But before jumping in, ask yourself these three questions to evaluate your plans.

1. Are you willing to give your plans to God?

There is safety and strength in knowing that our plans come from God. Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” God has plans for you to succeed! But first we must give them to him. The secret to success is vulnerability before the Lord.

2. Are you looking to God for daily strength?

Like Peter, keep your eyes on Jesus. He is the author and perfector of our faith (Hebrews 12:2) and He will give you the strength to succeed. As soon as we look to ourselves, like Peter looking at the water, we lose that connection to Him.

3. Do you trust Him to make His plans happen in your life?

God is excellent (Psalms 8:9) which means He has excellent plans for you! And better yet, He has promised that He will finish these plans (Philippians 1:6). He’s not going to leave you alone, He is always working in your life.

Let me encourage you: there is great strength in vulnerability before the Lord. When we give our plans to Him, we are saying “Lord, be in charge of my life.” As soon as we make that decision, God has access to your heart, and He will use you to further His kingdom on the earth. Keep your eyes on God looking at Jesus!

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Liz McNeill

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BASIC first became a part of Liz McNeill's life in 2015 when she had the opportunity to establish a chapter at Roberts Wesleyan College. Though it was scary, it was beautiful as they saw God change lives through their BASIC group. She is currently attending Elim Bible Institute & College while interning with BASIC.

Welcome Week- Pt. II

Sam DiStefano Advisors & Student Leaders, Evangelism, Leadership, Personal Development, Planning, Resources 0 Comments

So you’ve prayed, you prepared and you promoted, what comes next when gearing up for new and returning students? Glad you asked! We will be continuing our discussion from last week about the most crucial time for campus ministers, the first two weeks!

Like I mentioned last week, students are more open to everything in these first few weeks of school than any other time afterward. We have a special window of opportunity to make the biggest impact. What you do with this time will lay the foundation for the rest of your semester. If this sounds like a lot of work, well, it is! The extra time you take to work hard in the beginning will garner great fruit later. Today, I’d like to focus on two very important components to your welcome strategy.

1. First Night

Have you ever been to an open house? Usually you will find the house is clean, there is no clutter to be found, and sometimes even the sweet smell of cookies in the oven. When you are inviting people in your home in the hopes to sell it, you want to put your very best foot forward.

The same rings true of college ministry. Though we aren’t trying to sell anything, we are trying to make people feel comfortable in the hopes that they will want to return. Your first meeting is an opportunity to put out a good first impression. I think it is important to say, be authentic! Your group has something AMAZING to offer the campus, and that is the reality of the Gospel! Be yourselves and watch how God uses you to reach the students. Obviously, for each group this will look different. Start by considering these questions:

-Are we creating a warm and friendly atmosphere?

-Do people have multiple opportunities to connect?

-Do we have food or games that bring an element of fun?

-Are we communicating effectively?

-Is our purpose clear?

These are good questions to constantly be asking your leadership team, not just on first night! Each week is an opportunity for you to care for and love on the students that walk through your door.

2. Follow Up

This is perhaps the most forgotten and most important component of the first two weeks. Picture it: you’ve planned and prayed and worked your tush off to put on an incredible first two weeks! You are even surprised by the positive response and the dozen new students that walked in your door on the first night. You are looking forward to preaching tonight about God’s love when you walk in the door only to find one new student has returned. Do not fret! This campus minister’s nightmare is easily avoidable by having a plan for follow up.

When you table on your campus during these first few weeks, have a very simple sheet for people interested to fill out. On this sheet, include name, number, and email address. You can find a nicely designed template on our leader’s resource page. You can use this information to invite students to your events throughout the week. Encourage students to connect personally with new people so that the invite can be more natural. If that can’t happen, don’t worry, students are always looking for something to do and ways to make friends in the beginning. Taking the initiative makes a HUGE impact.

On your first meeting, be prepared with more in depth contact cards that ask for more information. Ask things like year in school, major and perhaps their birthday! This information will be very useful to you in the future when planning events. Most importantly, these cards represent people. As a leadership team you can pray over every student and devise a system to contact each new person. This can be through email, text, or coffee date! Taking the time to connect with students outside your regular meeting time means a lot and makes new students feel wanted and welcomed! Not to mention it is a great way to model friendship evangelism to student leaders.

Hope these tips helped and gave you some ideas for the first few weeks! I would love to hear from you! What are some of your favorite go-to welcome week activities? What things have you seen be really successful on your campus?

About the Author

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.

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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!

About the Author

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 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.