Are Your Christian Students Ready for College?
by J Warner Wallace
My good friend and partner in mission, Jonathan Morrow has been an inspiration and source of information for many years. Few people have dedicated themselves to the cause of equipping and encouraging young Christians as has Jonathan. He’s the author of Questioning the Bible: 11 major Challenges to the Bible’s Authority, Is God Just a Human Invention? And Seventeen Other Questions Raised by the New Atheists, and Think Christianly: Looking at the Intersection of Faith and Culture.
He’s also the Director of Creative Strategies for Impact 360 Institute where he teaches in the college “Gap Year” program and high school summer Immersion experience.
He’s recently updated an important book he wrote several years ago, entitled Welcome to College: A Christ-Follower’s Guide for the Journey. Sean McDowell described Welcome to College as his “go-to book for helping students prepare to succeed spiritually, relationally, and academically in college.” I recently had the opportunity to ask Jonathan a few questions about his book:
“Why is it important to equip young Christians for college? What makes this group different than non-Christians?”
“The college years are critically important. If you get off course in high school or college, it can have life-altering consequences.
Here are clarifying questions I like to ask students, “What story do you want to tell about the college years? Someday you will walk across the graduation stage and be filled with either satisfaction or regret. Which one do you want? Eventually you will summarize your college years in a few sentences. Why not go ahead and shape your future now?”
This final question will give students clarity. They also need to decide if they are serious about following Jesus or if they are going to drift into “playing Christian.” If they are serious about following Jesus, then they can set the destination they are pursuing early on, which will make all the difference. As Christians we are called to more than just surviving—that’s the heart behind Welcome to College.”
“What are some of the unique challenges facing young Christians when they go to college?”
“College isn’t what it used to be. And many students raised in the church are not ready. You may have noticed in the news that free speech and historic Christian beliefs and values are not exactly being celebrated on campus or in our culture today…
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