Reaching Out to Students
Most faculty members have regular interaction with students. These opportunities to dialogue with students are not limited to discussions about classroom topics, but often include personal interaction as well. Are there appropriate ways to reach out to students about the spiritual dimensions of life? What are some effective ways you have found?
One entire section of FacultyLinc is devoted to helping you reach out to students. You can find all these tools by clicking the "Personal Ministry" button at the FacultyLinc site. (http://www.facultylinc.com) You must be registered on the site to access this area.
In the section on "Outreach to Students," you will find a variety of ideas on how you can corporately and individually interact with students. Some faculty groups have corporately sponsored distribution of Christian books (e.g. C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity). Many faculty groups have effectively used ads in the local campus newspaper to introduce students to their faith. You'll find out all the details in this section. There are also complete instructions on how to host a dinner for international students.
On the individual level, you will find some practical suggestions about how you can use your office when you have opportunities to interact with students. One of the most effective ways to reach out to students is to have a small group of them over to your home. Get all the details of one way to do this by checking out "Friday Night at the Movies" in this section.
There are even several group studies that are detailed here that give you all the information you need to organize a small group discussion. These sections include study topics, discussion guides and more. After each of sections there is a place for you to help us evaluate the ministry idea. Please give us your comments, ideas and suggestions.
And speaking of suggestions - have you found an effective way to reach out to your students? We'd love to hear about it and perhaps even add it to our website so that others can benefit as well. Just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
Action Point: Go to http://www.facultylinc.com and check out the "Personal Ministry" section.
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