Events weeks: pumped or paralysed?
Events weeks are incredible opportunities to create conversations about faith on campus.
Have you got one coming up? How are you feeling? Buzzing with excitement? Or overwhelmed, apprehensive or discouraged?
'As a student I definitely felt all of this and more,' writes Joanna, a recent graduate. 'Here are my top tips on making the most of events weeks – however you're feeling.'
1. Get inspired
I’m not talking about empty hype. These events are truly exciting because sharing the gospel is exciting! A week devoted to asking and answering questions in a friendly environment really does work. As students are challenged, welcomed and invited to share in the good news of Jesus, people really do come to believe that this could be good news for them too! Romans 10:13-15 says: ‘“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”’
If you’re not excited yet, find someone who is and ask them to tell you why. Share stories and testimonies of God’s work in your lives and in your university and encourage one another as you share this incredible news!
2. Get praying
Events weeks are about loving our friends with the best welcome, the best conversation-starters and the best answers to their questions that we can muster. But ultimately it’s not down to us, which is probably a good thing, because God loves our friends and our campus more than we ever could! Maybe you’d like to pair up and pray specifically for a few friends or housemates, team up with local churches to host a 24/7 prayer room or host a prayer and praise night as a CU.
3. Get behind it
Christian Unions are full of individuals, united in a love for their campus and a desire to see their friends know Jesus. Events weeks give you a chance to serve alongside someone in CU you don’t know yet, to embrace other people’s ideas, and to share your own. In the wise words of Gareth Leaney (former UCCF Staff Worker), ‘There is no I in fabulous!’ As well as appealing to the diversity of the university, seeing so many different people united in one aim makes it really visible that this is something worth investigating.
4. Get prepared
Events week can feel stressful when it feels like it’s been thrust upon you. If you can, get ahead on work now so you’ll be freer to attend events and help out during the week. Starting to think about the events early also helps to invite friends really naturally, in the context of ongoing conversations and questions. In Acts, Paul speaks about the places and situations God has placed people in so that they might seek and find Him, ‘Though he is not far from any one of us’! (Acts 17:26-17) What are your friends already thinking and talking about? How can you be talking to them about things that matter?
5. Get involved!
God invites us to share in His mission of bringing people to know Him! Don’t miss out on everything that’s going on. Take advantage of CU guests, great speakers and quality events and get involved practically by setting up, cooking, helping with tech, handing out flyers, and get inviting friends.
Check out our mission training resources to find out more about making the most of your events week.