The beginning of college is always a critical time in the spiritual lives of Christian students. More than half of students who are involved in church leave their faith when they go to college, surveys show.
Campus ministries such as Cru, Intervarsity, Navigators, Chi Alpha and Young Life, along with churches and youth ministries, Christian schools, homeschools and denominations including the Assemblies of God, Southern Baptists and others have teamed together with Every Student Sent to mobilize college gospel movements and reverse the staggering statistics of students leaving their faith in college.
The first few weeks when freshmen land on a college campus are critical to solving this tremendous problem. This is when both Christians and non-believing students are most open to the gospel, new friend, and finding community.
The solution is to mobilize incoming Christian students to be missionally prepared and connected with the Christian community before their arrival on campus. Finding community has been especially challenging during the pandemic when campuses have been a mix of physical and virtual experiences. In response, a free, effective, missional and socially interactive platform called Every Student Sent is now available.
“Now in one platform, a student can socially connect with ministries, churches and other students at their future university so they are missionally surrounded by Christian long before arriving on campus,” said Jeremy Story, founder and president of Every Student Sent.
“Some of the largest Christian high schools in the nation and churches are using Every Student Sent and its resources in the college-planning process to help students find the right major, career and calling, and to identify colleges with good ministries while learning how to engage culture on secular campuses,” said John Decker, the ministry’s partnership director.
More information is available at www.everystudentsent.org.
–Anita Widaman | Metro Voice