College ministers often call this time of year the “Spring Slump.” March comes. Students are tired, faculty swamped, and the energy of campus ebbs to a low.
Each year it happens, and each year it presents the same challenge: how to deepen relationships, generate enthusiasm, and encourage spiritual growth when the campus climate is less than hospitable to these aims?
In other words, how do we fight the Spring Slump?
Throughout the semester we’ve continued to push deeper into scripture, prayer, and our relationships with one another.
We spent the first few Sunday mornings of the semester discussing prayer. Since mid-February we’ve been studying the Sermon on the Mount, and in April our students will be leading discussion groups in the middle school and high school classes.
In addition to our usual Sunday and Tuesday gatherings, here are some other activities we’ve engaged in:
Feb. 6 – We helped serve the evening meal at Bethlehem House. Bethlehem House is a local nonprofit that provides housing and assistance for people transitioning out of homelessness. It’s a blessing to get to work alongside such an amazing ministry.
Feb. 23-25 – We traveled to Russellville, AR for CHRISTeens, an annual conference for middle school and high school students. We set up a booth to promote Pulse, and met several students coming to UCA next fall.This videoaired during the Sunday morning session.
Pictures from left to right: Church member Meredith shares her testimony with our students on Jan. 16; students converse at Pulse Feb. 13; Pulse on Feb. 27; part of the Pulse crew at CHRISTeens; Melissa explains a game to new students on Feb. 27
In a few days we’ll leave for our Spring Break mission trip (March 16-20). We’re partnering with the CCSC at Arkansas Tech and travelling to Orange, TX to aid in the rebuilding effort in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey
Pray that our efforts will make a positive impact in this community, and that this trip would be a blessing to our students.
Once Spring Break is over, there will only be 6 more weeks left in the 2017-2018 school year. Though it seems like the year just started, it's almost over.
As summer approaches, I ask you to please pray for our ministry, that we would end the year well, and that the final weeks of our year would prepare us for success in the future.
Pray also that the Holy Spirit would continue to produce growth and maturity in our students in the coming weeks.
Things move slowly this time of year. It’s a quiet season. Yet so much of ministry happens in quiet moments: quick conversations on campus, lunches, going for coffee. Spring is the perfect time to focus on the impact that can come through individual relationships.
Our hope is that, by continually pushing for deeper connections to God and one another, we can beat the Spring Slump and finish this semester better than we began.
Look for one more Prayer Update this semester, coming late April or early May. Until then, have a blessed week, and thanks for praying!
Pulse Campus Ministry