A few weeks ago, I heard some surprising reports from several local team leaders in a Campus Ministry. They said that ministry outreach strategies that have worked for many years were much less effective this semester.
Another local team leader said that there has certainly been a shift over the last 3-4 years in the culture of incoming students; that students are observably different from those just a few years before.
The traits described from these conversations were:
- anxiety when having one on one, in person conversations
- unwillingness to follow the plans of others
- lack of effective communication skills
- difficulty building new relationships