EVERY STUDENT SENT: IGNITING AND EMPOWERING STUDENTS’ FAITH
College life this fall semester is going to look differently for students as they return to school. There will be a mix of virtual and physical classes, which present unique obstacles for students to find community, locate a new church home, or find a campus ministry. Campus Renewal has strategically developed an interactive solution for incoming students called Every Student Sent. This free, unique, community-based platform is designed specifically to connect students to existing ministries, churches, and each other, propelling them towards Gospel-centered mission as they navigate and engage culture during college. Every Student Sent is like Instagram, Facebook, and an online school combined, complete with the ability to instantly connect with most any college ministry or church in the country.
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Several national studies have shown that up to 70% of students who are involved in church during high school stop participating in any faith community in college. According to a separate study done by the Navigators, the bonds students make during the first 72 hours on campus often determines the outcome. Every Student Sent will
be the key component needed to connect students to ministries and each other during the first few weeks of school. The site will enable students to connect with other Christians at their college and other colleges as well as the college ministries and churches working with their college. They can also take a variety of online courses hosted by any of the groups in this new social network platform. Current High School students are also able to connect with other Christians at their High School. The website is also available to parents and youth pastors to assist students in getting connected and seeing those student’s progress along the way
The largest college ministries, including CRU, Intervarsity, Navigators, Chi Alpha, Reformed University Fellowship, Young Life, and more have joined together for this project, aiming to ultimately connect every Christian student in America. This team includes high school ministries, churches, Christian school associations, home schools, and denominations including the Assemblies of God, and Southern Baptist.
Every Student Sent aims to double the yearly average of students who continue to pursue their faith throughout their college experience. The tools provided to students will equip them to disciple other students virtually and/or on location. Another primary goal is to produce Christian graduates, who will saturate the business community with their faith-based leadership and acquired skills where cultural change is needed in our cities and local communities. Business ministries such as Pinnacle Forum are collaborating on the transition to the workplace and have already pioneered an on-campus group.
Jeremy Story, Founder of Every Student Sent, says; “The harvest is plentiful on college campuses and the laborers have been too few. Sending out more college graduates throughout our society as influencers for Christ is critical and Every Student Sent will be a significant part of this.”
Nick Hall, President of Pulse/Together 2020 encourages; “Whether you are a student heading off to college, a parent or church leader, you need to know about Every Student Sent. Hop on the site and learn about some exciting opportunities to connect with others and grow in your faith long before that first day on campus. Don’t just go to college, be a change agent for Jesus.”
Churches and schools can easily upload all their students. Local ministries and churches who serve university campuses are invited to list their organization’s information for free on Every Student Sent website. To learn more about Every Student Sent, visit www.everystudentsent.org or [email protected].
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