Before we send our students across the stage (to receive their diploma), and then on out into the world, we will worship together one last time at a baccalaureate service.
For the past several years this service has taken on the intentional theme of: An Ordination to Daily Work.
We want our students to recognize that — regardless of what field of work, sphere of society, or corner of the world they are heading to — God will be there, and wants to use them in some intentional ways in that place.
With our college graduates preparing to leave campus — most of them “for good” — I find myself wondering if there are any reasons to intentionally stay connected with our graduates. Sure, there will be those students that we inevitably stay connected with — because they stay local, or continue to reach out, or simply […]
It’s graduation season! I LOVE this time of year… for far too many reasons to account for here… but there are those who journey through this season with a mix of emotions. As I’ve talked with members of the Class of 2012, I’ve typically found them to be a genuine mixture of nervous excitement. They […]
Updated 4/25/12 A big part of the college experience is about growing up. Becoming an adult. Learning how to adult things… like talk to adults. But one of the hardest sub-sets of this adult category for college students to talk with can be their parents. Maybe it has to do with the potential of disappointing […]
Updated 4/24/12 You never quite know when God’s going to show up — and completely alter the course of your life. This same is true for our students. There are some obvious times, and spaces, where our students will likely be more open to God — even looking for God. But will they be ready […]
Updated 3/20/12 I was recently reminded of the power of one. One question. One conversation. One experience… It can literally change everything. I was talking with a friend recently and we were talking about working with college students… In the midst of our discussion he began to share with me a story from his own […]
Updated 3/15/12 A spring break missions trip can be one of the most formative experiences our students engage in all year. The opportunity to get away from campus — leaving all academic stress and pressure behind — to spend a week in the service of others, can serve as a powerful catalyst for substantial growth […]
Updated 3/13/12 It seems to me that one of the major transitions that is supposed to begin during the formative college years is from financial dependence towards financial independence. The college experience is designed to help young adults take on an increasing amount of responsibility for their own thoughts, actions and life in total. And […]
Updated 2/15/12 If you work with college students than you likely have spent some time thinking about how we help them “claim ownership” of their faith. Most students come to campus with a faith that is not truly their own. It’s a faith that has been passed on to them, or cultivated in them, by […]
With the emergence of a new season of life that has cropped up between youth and adulthood — known as Prolonged Adolescence or Emerging Adulthood (for more reading on this click here) — marriage is just one of the many responsibilities in life that many twenty-somethings are choosing to wait on. And while this is […]
I’m a big believer in Christian higher education. Young adults raised in Christian homes often reach a period of deep struggle in adolescence, and Christian higher education professionals can be of great help in navigating those struggles faithfully and honestly. For many students, the faith of their families and home church worked wonderfully for their […]
My first year out [of college] was the toughest year of my life, a Penn State alum told me. He was a part of vibrant Christian fellowship throughout college, serving as a strong spiritual leader during his junior and senior years. Then he graduated and moved to an unfamiliar city. New location. New job. Real […]