- Make it Christ-centered and unapologetically Christian; keep it based on the biblical revelation.
- Make it alive with the interests and needs of students, majoring on the people rather than the program.
- Let it minister to the total person.
- Remember that each ministry must be tailored to its own situation.
- Gear it to teaching basic critical thinking skills allowing students to find their own answers.
- Arrange for a healthy relationship of evangelism and ministry.
- Enrich it with music, drama, art, and recreation, and utilize visuals.
- Let it be flexible and innovative; use a variety of methods to educate and motivate students.
- Plan and conduct a ministry for students; do it with them.
- Create a new organization if an existing one can do the job.
- Undertake more than you can do well.
- Let the ministry get out of balance or one-sided, but keep it well-rounded.
- Forget to integrate this ministry with the whole church program.
- Neglect to answer objections to the ministry in a thoughtful and considerate way.
Contributed by Joe Clontz, Former Student Ministry Consultant, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina