Hosting Rick

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[text_output]Hi folks, Thanks for hosting me at your campus/event! Here are some keys to successful ministry during my stay, and also a few of my preferences–like, Diet Pepsi  :)[/text_output][accordion][accordion_item title=”Prayer” style=”background-color: #33B25C;”]Pray for my safe arrival and the readiness of your group and campus. I notice it everywhere I go–when the mission is bathed in prayer, stuff happens![/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”First Meeting” style=”background-color: #5269B2;”]If possible, set up an initial time when I can meet with core students/ faculty. We need to establish trust so that students feel comfortable inviting their friends to our events.[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”My Daily Schedule” style=”background-color: #F99E1C;” parent_id=”” id=”” class=””]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. :)[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”Housing” style=”background-color: #CF4827;”]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.[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”Food” style=”background-color: #704FA0;” parent_id=”” id=”” class=””]I’m not a picky eater, so I travel pretty well.

  • 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.

[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”Faculty” style=”background-color: #33B25C;”]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![/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”Atheist Groups” style=”background-color: #5269B2;”]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.[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”Introducing Me” style=”background-color: #F99E1C;” parent_id=”” id=”” class=””]How to introduce me when I speak. I get this question a lot. Pick from a few of these items. No need to say everything.

  • I’ve been on InterVarsity staff since 1981.
  • My job is traveling evangelist/apologist to campuses around the country.
  • I live in St. Paul, MN.
  • I have a wife–Sharon, two kids and five grandsons.
  • Author of two books: Faith is Like Skydiving, and Faith Unexpected
  • I’m an avid (hard core!) golfer.
  • I’ve played the electric guitar all my life
  • I love theology and philosophy
  • A weird fact about me: I once spent a day with the Ambassador to the US from the country of Libya–playing golf and going to dinner, in Washington DC. We had a great time!

[/accordion_item][accordion_item title=”Leadership Module” style=”background-color: #CF4827;” parent_id=”” id=”” class=””]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.[/accordion_item][/accordion]

[custom_headline type=”left” level=”h3″ looks_like=”h4″][icon type=”money”][/icon]  Cost[/custom_headline][text_output]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.

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