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5 Reasons I Loved College
1). It was where Jesus first drew me unto Himself, so I thought I’d go back to the “scene of the crime” per se. I think this world would look a lot different if Christians went back to where they first started to follow Jesus rather than retreat from that demographic immediately. No one knows the culture or demographic better than the one you just came out of.
2). There is no better place to talk about Jesus than on a college campus. It’s a place where everyone is trying to figure out what they believe, everyone is searching for truth, and everyone is painfully becoming aware of how them as the lord of their life isn’t working (which was me my sophomore year). Also it’s the marketplace of ideas and the front lines of the academic world. One of the biggest things I’ve missed about that is the classroom discussion. It was so fruitful, robust, and educated. Outside of college it seems everyone just resorts to name calling and getting angry.
3). It’s fun and it’s fresh. Everything is new to a lot of the students (the academics, the freedom, and the friends) and so there is this freshness in the air. You never know what you are going to get (in fact I’m sure that’s exactly what some of my peers thought when me and my friend dressed up as a banana and a gorilla and ran through the library during finals week, but we won’t talk about that incident).
4). I still thoroughly enjoy Ramen Noodles and I know I won’t get judged on a college campus.
5). I think it’s the best time for viral discipleship. Life on life happens whether you like it or not. Think about it, when you go to college you are in close quarters with thousands of other people. Most freshman guy dorms are borderline sardine cans. If you are living for Jesus, people WILL see. No better time to show the Christian life than the four years thousands of your peers are right next to you.
These are just some of the reasons I am beyond excited for where God is taking me and Alyssa this fall. She and I (along with a few other close friends) are launching a full-scale college ministry this fall in the Tacoma, Washington (30 minutes outside of Seattle). We will be right near the heart of downtown and will be drawing on the five surrounding colleges in the city. There will be a Friday night gathering, “fight clubs” (a gospel intentional small group), and various outreaches and service projects. You can read more about it here and we’d be humbled if you would prayerfully consider partnering with us in this endeavor. We are realizing quickly that starting a ministry from the ground up costs a lot of money but we know God will provide. If you’d like to help support us launching you can go here. Also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and our website to stay up to date on what we are doing. And if you are ever in Tacoma come hang out with us!
Books that shaped me while in college