By: Ryan Anderson

At a few different points in my ministry career, I’ve fallen into the trap of things being “good enough.”  I get content with the number of students we’re reaching, the number of adults we’re empowering, or the level of support being given.  Whether you have 10 students or 100 students coming to club, things should never be “good enough.”

As summer starts to come to an end and you start to think ahead toward kicking off Campus Life again, consider how an adjustment to your Campus Life strategy could drastically change your ministry from “good enough” to “GREAT.”

I’ve found that it’s far too easy to use club as a crutch to relational ministry.  Oftentimes I’ll let prayer and contacting and appointments and all the other aspects of Campus Life fall to the wayside.

Picture this…

When a Grandmaster chess player is teaching their apprentice to play chess, the first thing they do is to take away the queen.  The queen is the most powerful piece on the board, so people learning chess have a tendency to rely almost entirely on this single piece to win the game.  

For months, the apprentice will play without the queen, slowly beginning to understand the power of all the other pieces…the rooks, the bishops, the knights, and even the pawns.  When the apprentice finally has a grasp on just how useful the rest of the pieces can be, only then will the Grandmaster put the queen back on the board and let them learn to play with all the pieces.

Club can become our queen.  We can rely so heavily on it that we forget the power and effectiveness of a one on one conversation or a trip to a football game or of getting on our knees and praying. 

This summer, take a step back and learn the power of some of the other pieces on the board.

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