Thinking of starting a new organization on campus... -
January 6th 2009, 02:32 AM
So, I've been thinking lately. My university is Methodist affiliated. Every religious event on campus is either Methodist or Non-denominational. Which is great.
But... Here's the irony... The university's Campus Minister is Catholic. As am I. Most of our student population is from a northern state, and it's a pretty good assumption to make that there are more Catholics on campus than Methodists.
That aside, I was thinking... Because of the presumably strong Catholic population, I want to start a Catholic Campus Ministry on campus.
There are several other religious organizations such as Campus Crusaders and service fraternities, but I haven't seen a CCM.
I considered some of the other organizations, but their beliefs aren't quite where mine are. And because of my strong Catholic faith and background, I think I might have a decent shot at getting a group started.
The problem is... I don't quite know where to start to get it going.
Anyone have any suggestions?
Before doing anything - decide exactly what your organization is going to do. Why should people come join your group?
I'm imagining you also have to... I dunno, register your group with the college. Do that as well.
Next, advertise you group. Make sure you have a meeting place before you do that though. Advertisements should contain - location, any dates, why they should come, the type of people you're looking to come and contact details for further enquiries.
I think the best advice is to get a group of people together that already want to join...you know? That way, in spite of the posters or whatnot, if "nobody" new ends up showing up, then you still have this group of cool people you've met in the process of setting it up. (:
But yeah. What Lee said. (:
I think your best course of action would be to first make a plan for your organization. What sort of things would you be doing, how often would you meet, where, why, etc. Then you could present that to whoever is in charge of having groups registered at your school, then get some people together, lots of groups get most of their members by word of mouth but advertisements help as well.
If you're not sure what you're doing you could always go to your campus minister for some backing and general ideas. =]