Today's guest blogger is Toran Scott, Pastor to Students at Calvary Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Toran is part of the 2011 Sticky Faith Cohort.
When we began to evaluate our ministry this past year in regards to some of the preliminary Sticky Faith findings, we realized that we basically did little to nothing in the way of preparing our students for the transition into college. So last winter we began inviting small groups of seniors to our first ever E.B.S.O.’s (evening breakfast seniors only)… cuz who doesn’t love pounds of bacon and uber yummy baked French toast at 8pm?
Basically we wanted to gather a group of 6-10 seniors to simply discuss three areas of transition to college:
1. How to find and connect to a church for those leaving home (take three weeks, try out as many churches you want to in that time and then commit!).
2. The first four days determine the next four years (the friends you make, the organizations you connect with etc in that first week of college can often set a course for choices and patterns for the next few years, so coming in to that first week with a plan is important).
3. How do you get back up after a moral failure (the reality for most kids is at some point during college they will make a poor decision; while we hope that doesn’t happen, knowing how to get back up after a failure and knowing the reality of God’s love and desire for us is really important to understand so no one “throws it all away” after a failure).
My wife and I simply spent time talking about these three aspects over dinner as well as listening to the things they are most nervous and most excited about regarding this upcoming transition. Throw in some French toast and bacon and we really enjoyed more heartfelt conversations than I initially expected. It’s certainly not the be all end all of college transition preparation, but it was a great start for us!.