Summer brings a whole new set of questions. After the frantic pace of finals, it's important to get a bit of rest. The first couple of weeks of the fall semester are also hectic as new students arrive and look for places to call home. More students than you'd care to think about come to college with no plans to plug into a Christian community. It's such an honor to be the people who catch the new students and remind them that God is all that matters in this world! But preparing the events that facilitate meeting people does require a lot of preparation – and that's also what summer is for.
One of the tasks on my plate this summer is the orientations for freshmen and transfer students coming to UNT. When I look at the numbers of students we talked to at orientations last summer and how many stayed involved in our ministry by the end of this year, I feel like it's inefficient – but ministry isn't a numbers game. This week I'm asking myself: what could make an impact on these students, even if we never see them again? What questions can we ask, what discussions can we prompt at an orientation that will spark spiritual hunger?
I'd like to invite you to be praying about these new student orientations as well! Another exciting thing coming up is SICM, an intense week of learning and loving that more than 50 of our students are going to attend this month. I can't wait to hear from the students what they learned and I hope to be able to share some of that with y'all!