Between the ages of 18 and 22, 70% of children from Christian homes will leave the church.* And while some of these return to the church after a period of time, 80% of evangelical 20-somethings admit to having a sub-standard spiritual life as compared with their high school years.** What new environment do these young men and women find themselves in after high school?
You got it: College.
College is the most pivotal time in a young person’s life. It’s where a youth becomes an adult, and where he develops the habits he will carry with him into adulthood. It’s the period of greatest transitions and greatest overall influence. And it’s the place where we evangelicals lose our greatest potential kingdom servants.
Most teens living in a Christian environment are encouraged or forced in high school to attend church, read the Bible, go on missions trips, and the like. But when they leave this environment to attend college, a world of freedom opens up before them. They realize that church and the spiritual disciplines are optional, contingent solely upon their own will. And many embrace this freedom by ceasing church attendance, becoming lazy in their pursuit of God, or even rejecting the faith of their fathers completely. Many become entangled in a worldly web of licentiousness and self-satisfaction and find themselves years later completely distant from anything resembling the faith of their childhood.
So what’s the solution?
We can only maintain a faithful, committed, and consistent relationship with God with the help of a faithful Christian community and faithful teachers of the Word. And this is what I want to offer to college students.
I am attending Reformed Theological Seminary to receive my Master’s of Divinity with an emphasis in Campus Ministry in order to be an ordained campus pastor serving college students, creating community among students, teaching and shepherding them through the Word, and encouraging them to become a committed member of a local body.
This is my passion and this is my call. Will you join me?