One of my favorite things about the summer as a Campus Minister is having time to reflect on the previous year and plan for the year ahead. As a staff we take time to evaluate what went well, make any necessary changes, and begin to make plans for the coming semester.
The planning really begins before the spring semester ends. We meet as a staff in April & May to begin outlining our Large Group teaching series, Small Group Bible studies, outreach events, and conference plans. We also meet with our Ministry Team (student leaders) to get their input on the upcoming year. At this point in the summer, we are in the thick of planning K-Week, Fall Conference, and everything that we'll do as a ministry in the fall.
While we're still finalizing these plans, here's a taste of what's to come:
- K-Week: Truly one of the most fun weeks of the year! We'll be at all the fairs with RUF info (and RUF "swag" - cups, stickers, goodies); AND we'll hold our two annual events - Ultimate Frisbee and Capture the Flag! These events will bring out hundreds of students to the Johnson Center Fields and are a great way to meet new students, hear more about RUF, and have fun before classes start! Watch the K-Week guidebook for more details!
- Large Group: I'm so excited for Large Group this year. We'll be looking at the Gospel of John asking the question "Who is the real Jesus?". I love the gospels, I especially love John's Gospel and am looking forward to diving in this fall. We'll continue to meet on Wednesdays at 8pm - BUT, we'll be meeting in our new location, Sanders Chapel. This space will fit our group perfectly and will be great for Large Group since it used to be the chapel for the seminary that UK now owns. It'd be great to walk over and check it out before the first Large Group on August 26th!
- Small Groups: Just like every semester, we'll offer a variety of small group Bible studies at different times and in different locations on and around campus. You need to join a small group! This is the best way study the Bible in-depth with your peers and to build friendships centered around your faith. Stay tuned for more details!
- Fall Conference: This is one of my favorite weekends of the year! We go to the greatest place on earth, Camp Greystone, for a weekend of great teaching, fellowship, and fun in the mountains. Trust me, you won't want to miss this! Stay tuned for dates/costs.
We've got a lot of great things planned for the fall and would love for you to consider joining us. Regardless of your doubts or beliefs, you're invited to come and consider the claims of Christianity. See ya at K-Week!