These last few weeks have been great but heartbreaking in ministry. We have seen students pack their bags, have a party and then head off to college. Its great fun to see them grow up and head off to college but its tough to wonder how they will handle the world. I hope that we have trained up students to love God and like others. I hope that we have helped them learn how to connect with God on their own. I know that we have done our best that we can but there is still that thought that creeps in and wonders how they will do.
Here are five things that I have been thinking for students entering college, moving cities, having their routine changed or just really wanting to take their walk with Christ to the next level:
Get Connected in a Local Church
If you have moved to go to college you need to get connected in a local church. Find somewhere that is fairly close to your school to attend. I think this is the first priority in your new endeavor in life. College is going to take up a good deal of your time and you need to get this piece in place ASAP.
Serve in a Ministry
Once you find a church that you love make a commitment to that church. I have pushed many of you to serve here at South Hills so I want you to make that same commitment to the local church you are now attending. If you are staying here in Vegas "re-up" your commitment to South Hills and your area of ministry.
Read Your Bible
I know this may sound like a resounding gong to read your Bible but you need to find a way to connect with God on a daily basis and this has been one of the best methods. Just this morning I was reading the Psalms and found some verses that identify the character of God. These verses help strengthen my faith!
Identify Yourself as A Christian
When you step onto a new campus there are going to be so many different things that you can get involved in. You need to start this journey off right and identify yourself as a Christian on your new college campus. This doesn't mean being weird or anything but it means standing up for what you believe in.
Join a Life Group
The place that I have seen the most change in my life is when I am doing life with others. This could be called a: Small Group, Life Group, Growth Group or something else. Find out who leads them and get involved with one. Figure out a way to get connected with others in Christian Accountability.
This list not an "all-inclusive" list but a starting point to keep your walk with Christ strong!