This was a great read, so much so that I decided to share it with those interested in supporting college students. In our context, why are so many students growing up "in church" but then falling "out of church?" Well, this study might help us not only see what is happening, but provide a very basic solution. You can also read the full article at it's original source by clicking here.
More and more research is disclosing something the Christian church would rather deny. Church activity does not necessarily result in spiritual growth.
These three things are precisely what we are trying to do at Soma. Soma's mission statement speaks to this. Seeking Truth must involve Bible study and a reliance on God's Word. Sharing Life is a way to emphasize relationships and Spreading Love is what we do to those who our outside the community as we invite them in. The third part requires YOU! We need spiritual mentors who are able to coach these young people in their faith. When we talk about support, finding a student to help mentor and partner with is what we really mean.
This is definitely good enough to share. You can go here to see the original post by Jon Nielson: View original article.
About six months ago I made the transition from high school pastor to college pastor. When our senior pastor first invited me to consider this change, I was leading a vibrant, Word-centered high school ministry and lovingit. However, after prayer, careful thought, conversations with mentors, and, of course, conversations with my wife, we decided to embrace this new role. I'm amazed at God's kindness in leading our ministry thus far, and I'm excited about all that's to come.
Well...that is a very loaded question!
There are numerous ways you can support, but the first step is to show up...
Tonight, the Soma staff will begin its first quarterly support training on how to help make disciples of students. This will be an informative discussion on how to reach students at Soma, in your chuch and even in your family by leading them toward a life of discipleship. By doing this, we support the mission of Soma and also help the students and ourselves grow deeper in our relationship with Christ and the Father.
You don't have to be a Bible Scholar, a communication expert or even a super dynamic salesperson...although those individuals are all welcome. You just have to have desire to work with college students to spread His kingdom and follow these steps...tonight at 7PM!
2. Bring something to write with and take note on, we are beginning to pray, think, and plan about student ministry
3. Be ready for some homework (maybe even more ownership of ministry to students)
I pray you will consider beginning your partnership with Soma or renewing an old one...In any case, we would welcome you to visit tonight and learn how to do so. If tonight doesn't work, just stop by and Jonathan or Rusty can get y
First of all...thank you for taking the time to look around the Somamemphis.org website! We hope you like what you see as we feel God is blessing this community! The blog you a reading is designed to give some insight into the life and heart of people called to minister to and along side college students. You might read about experiences within the ministry, specific prayers for college students, revelation of spiritual or scriptural meaning through this work, ways we have gown while working in this ministry and maybe even a few lessons on how to reach out to college students.
I can speak for my wife and myself when I say that our lives were changed by the Christian Student Center Ministry at The University of Memphis. It is not only where we met, but where we made lifelong friendships that are rooted very deeply in our faith. We, as supporters of this ministry, can dramatically change the lives of the students we work with in this ministry by not just serving them a meal, or saying hello, but by getting to know who they are...and letting them see who we are...the real them...and the real us! When we minister to and with students, we invite them into our home and into our lives. We want them to see the ways we worship, pray and study...but more importantly the ways we play, work, fight and love each other in everyday life.
My prayer for my fellow supporters is that you will take on a similar calling to work with the college age people of Soma. Get to know one, two or a few really well and share your life with them. I promise, you will be blessed!
If you would like to contribute to this blog as a fellow supporter, please contact Jonathan at firstname.lastname@example.org.