Christian Roommates - Hosting an Event
One of the great joys of living with an apartment full of
Christians is the ability to host great events that glorify God.
With your roommates, you can provide other Christians with
wonderful fellowship opportunities as well as ministry events.
Let's look at a few ways to organize and implement some of these
First, consider your various gifts. If one of your roommates is
armed with Bible knowledge and excited about studying, perhaps
you have the beginnings of a weekly Bibles study. If you have a
fun, social roommate you could start a monthly fellowship event
at your apartment. Can someone cook? Do you have a musician?
Take inventory of your roommates' skills. From there it will be
easy to see the type of event best suited for your apartment.
The next key is determining the level of involvement everyone
wants to take on. A weekly event may seem like the most obvious
idea, but a week passes by pretty quickly. You'll be hosting
your event about 50 times a year. This can become a burden very
quickly. Bi-weekly is difficult because people will forget which
week to come and you may experience a drop in attendance or
unexpected visitors on the wrong weeks. Monthly is also a
possibility and becomes much easier to plan for since you can
spread out the preparations.
Finally, how will you advertise your event. The easiest way is
to go through your various churches. Tell your pastor about your
idea (this will be a good way to get some feedback and
suggestions, too). He'll know the best way to get the word out
in your church. If you are students, on-campus ministries are a
great way to connect with people who might be interested in your
event. Once you have some regular attendance, you can use your
guests to spread the word as well.
Hosting a regular Christian event at your home is an awesome way
to use what God has given you. You will be taking advantage of
not only your gifts, but your roommates' as well. It will bring
you closer with the people you live with, too. Remember, though,
that you are under no obligation to keep your event going until
the end of time. Take breaks, hand off some responsibility, and
be sure not to burn yourself out.