There's no hidden secret for successful college ministry. That's good news and bad news. Even when we have been walking with Christ for a long time we can get caught up in thinking there might be something we could do, some strategy we could employ, that would guarantee great growth in our ministries and our churches. Notice the "we"s in that last sentence.
All of the books and resources on ministry have their place and value. However, I often need to be reminded of the words of Jesus in John 15:5, and maybe today you do too:
"I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him produces much fruit because you can do nothing without me." John 15:5 CSB
No secret formula, just abiding in Christ. That is what produces fruit, in our lives and ultimately in our ministries. We can do a lot of things, but we cannot bear kingdom fruit without him. Nothing of spiritual significance that you are wanting to happen in your ministry will happen without Him. So put down the "how to" book and pick up your Bible. Seek His face, and trust him for the increase.
Let's be sure to lead students to do the same. They are watching and following our lead. Do they see us planning more than they see us praying? Are we inviting them to join us in praying and seeking the Lord? What could God do in our ministries and in the lives of our students if our primary goal was to abide in Him?