I bring office work and reading with me wherever I go.
So don’t feel pressure to keep me busy all the time. Some days are packed with appointments and workshops and speaking–I love that. But other days are not; that’s OK. I like people but I need my down time and alone time as well.
Note: My usual schedule is to be off campus in the mornings for prep and rest, then come to campus for lunch and stay till . . . whenever. 🙂
I’d prefer to stay with staff, donors or faculty, rather than in a hotel. And if I can please have my own room/bed, I’ll be a happy (and productive!) camper. My wife Sharon doesn’t normally travel with me.
Breakfast: I like simple breakfasts–Cheerios (plain) or other healthy cereal, skim milk, banana.
Lunch/Dinner: I’ll have whatever my host is having, or if I’m with staff/students on campus, whatever the campus deli/cafeteria offers is fine. If I’m making my own meals: sandwiches with hummus and veggie/meat fixin’s is good. And I love chips of almost any kind (maybe not BBQ).
If we go out to eat: Most ethnic cuisines are great! I’m esp. fond of Mexican, Greek, Mediterranean, Indian, Asian and Italian — not to mention seafood, sushi and good old Americana.
Beverages: Diet Pepsi (with caffeine to keep me awake. Bottles are best). Or Diet Coke is second choice.
Coffee/tea hot drinks: Nope. Cold drinks are my thing.
More and more, I’m connecting with faculty on campus. Sometimes they are official advisors for InterVarsity, sometimes not. Sometimes they are not even Christians. That is OK. I hope you’ll set up at least one appointment with a faculty member every time I come to your campus. Thanks!
I’d love to meet with leaders from Campus Orgs such as Secular Student Alliance and other atheist/skeptics groups on campus. Dialogue with these folks can spark a ton of great conversations — either with the atheist folks themselves, or seekers who overhear our interactions.
Consider setting aside time for this workshop for staff and chapter leaders, perhaps later in the week. It’s a 10-part curriculum but I usually only do 3-4 parts of it at a time.
Free for InterVarsity groups. I pay my own travel and don’t accept honoraria. I ask that my hosts cover my housing (no hotels. I stay with staff, donors, faculty, volunteers) and meals while I’m on site.
For churches and other campus groups: contact me. We’ll talk!