Welcome to Cook's College Ministry

Maybe you’re a new college student who has decided that you want your college years to be marked by following God, or maybe you’re a returning student that wants a fresh start. Regardless of where you are coming from, we want to invite you to be part of a group of friends that is changing the world!

 

Our College Ministry reaches out to college-age students and working singles in the Ruston/Grambling area. We offer a full slate of activities weekly that will help deepen you Christian faith and strengthen friendships with other believers. We invite you to stay in touch with us by checking these ministry pages often and by joining our Facebook Cook on Campus group or following us on Instagram and Twitter @CookOnCampus.

Come join us! Amanda, Makaylan, Hannah, Aaron and I want to be a vital part of your Christian growth during these important years in your life.

Chris Walker

  

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La Tech Orientation

During June and July, Louisiana Tech brings in all the incoming freshmen for 3 days of orientation.  There are several times during orientation that Cook Baptist church provides sno-cones and gets a chance to meet new students and their parents.  This is a great time to make new students feel welcomed to Ruston and also invite them to get plugged-in to our college ministry.  

 

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Get Connected To a Church!

If you go away to college, don’t leave church behind!  God speaks to us through the church.  Casually attending church in college will result in four years of missing out on what God wants to say to us.

 

Looking for a church away at college?  Finding a new church at college isn’t always easy—especially in you have grown up in one church.  Being part of a College Ministry is important, so here are a few tips for you, whether you’re staying in the Ruston area for school or going away to another place.  We hope these tips will help you get settled into a church soon.

 

Don’t be a sleepy head!

First, you have to go.  You’re not going to find a church home if you don’t ever look, so it is important to go the first week.  Sure, you’re tired.  Moving in is a pain, however nurturing your relationship with Christ is critical, so get up and go.  The people you meet the first week of school will often become your friends for the whole year.

 

It’s going to feel different than your Youth Ministry

Remember it’s not the Youth Ministry.  When you are in a youth ministry you will know everyone.  College Ministries are always a mix: folks who grew up in the church, folks who attend a local school and are regular, plus a rotating mix of members and guests who change every week.  It’s normal that getting to know College Ministry folks can be harder because there are so many different people. That leads to the next point….

 

You can’t make true friends with one visit!

It takes time to get to know folks.  Good friendships and feelings of acceptance don’t happen overnight.  Think about it: you don’t move into the dorm expecting to become best friends with your roommate by nightfall.  Yes, it should be easier to make friends at church, but you have to give it time.

 

Only show up on Sundays and you will never get to know the church!

Get involved.  It is easy to take the back seat in a College Ministry, you are just there for a few years,  semesters or maybe just the summer.  Why should you get involved if you are going to be leaving soon?  Simply put, being an active part of everything will help you spiritually and socially.  Take part on Sunday morning, mid-week Bible studies and social events so the church can minister to you.

 

Look for a place where college students matter.

Look for a church that ministers to you!  Churches don’t have to have a huge program for college students.  Look for a church that seems to care about you.  Ask friends about good churches in the area, talk to Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM/BSU), or simply browse the internet.  Everyone has an off-day, so don’t write off a church on the first visit because it didn’t seem like home.

 

 

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5 Ways to Thrive in College

1) THE FIRST THREE WEEKS SET THE PATTERN

What you do the first three weeks of the fall semester usually determines what you will do the entire first year of college.  Get into a regular schedule of classes, study, recreation, and rest.  Balance is important.  Many fall behind during the period and never recover or they establish habits that are harmful to a successful college career.

 

2) CHOOSE FRIENDS BY YOUR PRIORITIES

Choose friends by your priorities, not your priorities by your friends.  In the rush to make friends, many freshmen fall into the trap of connecting with the first group of people they meet and become involved in things they would never have decided to do on their own.  Decide what is important to you.  What are your values and priorities?  Find and choose friends who share and will encourage you in these values and priorities.

 

3) GO TO COLLEGE EMOTIONALLY

Many freshmen do not have a good experience because they are not there emotionally.  Don’t hang around your high school or plan your schedule around your former high school’s events.  There is more to being a college student than taking classes.  Find ways to be a part of campus life.

 

4) BECOME PART OF A GROUP

Studies and surveys indicate that the happiest and most successful students are those who are involved with a campus group.  Campus Christian organizations offer a wide variety of activities like intramurals, lunch meetings, large group events, and small sharing groups.  Involvement is voluntary and does not require membership.

 

5) IT’S OK TO CHANGE YOUR MAJOR (or not have one)

Many freshmen jump into a major not suited for them and get behind by taking classes in that major instead of the basics.  Your freshman year is designed to be a time of adjusting to what college is all about and discovering interests and abilities while taking basic requirement courses.  On average, college students change majors three to four times.  Don’t hesitate to change should you decide you are in the wrong area.

 

 

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College Adopt-A-Student Kickoff Lunch

If you are a Cook family who would like to adopt one or more college students, click here.

If you are a college student who would like to be adopted by a Cook family, click here.

Our "Adopt-a-College-Student" Kickoff Luncheon will be in the New Fellowship Hall on Sunday, October 1, immediately following the 10:15 a.m. worship service.  We'd love to have you join this impactful ministry!  

Contact Chris Walker with questions at chris@cookbc.org or 318-255-1318 (office) or 318-268-8314 (cell).

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