“A steady diet of walking or running is great for the legs, great for the cardiovascular system, and certainly beneficial for overall health but doesn’t do much for the arms, for example. Swimming is great for the upper body but doesn’t have much to offer the lower body. Put walking or running together with swimming, however, or swimming with cycling, and you’re working all of the body’s major muscle groups for optimal health and greatly improved overall muscular fitness.”–from this article.
As one who enjoys exercise, I’m an avid practitioner of cross training.
I enjoy cycling, as well as yoga and kettlebells (watch a video of them in action). As a campus minister working exclusively with college students, I’m acutely aware that I’m not as much a practitioner of cross training for my overall fitness as a leader. I’ve noticed that many of my most developmental experiences or resources have come from outside of Campus Crusade for Christ; this is not a knock against my organization but rather an acknowledgment that those from different ministries and the business world have much to offer as I seek to reach lost students for Christ.
This October, I attend the Virtual Goods Summit held in San Francisco. The summit focused on how to launch, develop, and market virtual goods, mostly through online gaming. At first and maybe second glance, this would not be a developmental opportunity, as there was no linear connection between virtual goods and college ministry.
However, I left the conference inspired to lead more boldly and with new ways to think about a vital part of college ministry–connecting with students online. Also, the summit was hosted and composed primarily of entrepreneurs. I’m learning that my job is highly parallel to that of an entrepreneur, and gained confidence from seeing and hearing from people who lived and breathed starting and trying new things.
My challenge for Meatspace Monday is this: Initiate via one of your social networks a person from a different field to meet up with you and share either an insight, key developmental experience, or even some of your field’s philosophy.
I’m confident that you will receive much more than you planned on, and may be inspired to pursue that dream or idea in your own field that might be the spark that moves your organization or church forward in seeing Jesus get the glory he deserves in our lives and ministries.
For me, I left inspired to develop a web application that will allow our Campus Crusade staff to share resources more effectively and leverage the vast amount of bible studies, discipleship articles, and wisdom that our organization has accumulated in its 58 year history.
What will it be for you?