BY DOUG RIGHTS |
A few months ago I wrote a blog about our Moravian college students and the importance of making them feel connected to their congregations while away. With a new school year underway, it is a good time to revisit how churches can serve and meet the needs of their college students.
Even though many of our college students are away from home and away from their church homes, that does not mean they should feel disconnected from home. Our college students are an important part of our churches.
In my previous blog, I shared some ways our churches can stay connected to our college students. I would like to highlight some of these ideas again and have added some fresh ones.
- Have someone who is responsible for knowing who your college students are and how to contact them. (I would appreciate getting a list of your college students and contact information so I can contact them too).
- Have someone from your congregation contact your college students to check in with them. Find out how they are doing. Ask if there is anything your church can do for them.
- Make sure they get your church mailings, newsletters, and any other church information that goes out.
- Have people in your church take a special interest in caring for a college student (adopt-a-student). Pray for that student and keep in touch with him or her or them.
- Send care packages, especially during exam times or at the beginning of a semester.
- Have someone in your church visit them and take them out for a meal.
- When they are home and come to church, make sure you welcome them back.
- When they are home, offer them opportunities to get together with other students such as at cookouts, going out to dinner after church, or have some type of class for them. For something like this to happen, it is best to have someone willing to do it and be responsible for it.
- Also realize that not everyone is called to attend college. Be supportive of everyone who is college age.
When the time comes that our college students graduate, they may remain close to your church or they may be far away. Whatever the case, may all of our churches be faithful in carrying out their ministries to college students as they continue to journey with the Lord!
If you have questions or need additional information, email (drightsATmcsp.org) or call the Moravian Board of Cooperative Ministries at (336) 722-8126.
The Rev. Doug Rights is the Director of Youth, College, and Young Adult Ministries at the Moravian Board of Cooperative Ministries (BCM).