College/Missions Ministry - December 2018


As we approach the Christmas season, there are definitely a few things that we as a church family can do to make an impact in the college-aged community located in Tech, Grambling, and Delta Community. Here are a few ideas:

  1. As a Connect Group, put together care packages for students. Include snacks, bookmarks, a hand-written note, or simple ten-sion relievers such as stress-squeeze balls. Let students know your church is praying for them.
  2. Invite a student to share a home-cooked meal with you to get acquainted.
  3. Contact the international student office or ELS Center to see if there are students who won’t be going home for Christmas. Offer hospitality — Christmas dinner, time with a church family — to them.
  4. Host a gathering for your church’s college students who are back home during the Christmas holidays. Let us know if you’d be interested in hosting something.
  5. Wal-Mart gift cards are awesome gifts…with a note.
  6. Invite college-aged people in the community (they are everywhere…waiters/waitresses, cashiers at stores, gas station attendants, retail stores, etc…) to attend a Christmas event with you and your family.

Thank you for all the love shown to college students during the fall! You have generously opened your arms and homes to dozens of college students. Big Free Lunches have been HUGE!!....and of course the food is amazing! Thank you for being a church who loves college students!

This spring, our college group will be participating in three mission trips. One of those is going to “BEACH REACH” from March 2 – 9, 2019. We’ll be taking a team down to Panama City Beach, FL, to share the gospel with thousands of college students who go there to party. Find out more at If you’d like to help (or come along) with our mission trip, please let me know!

We love our church family! Blessed to be doing ministry alongside each one of you!
Merry Christmas!

“May the Lord bless you and keep you….” Numbers 6:24-26

Chris, Amanda, Makaylan, Hannah, and Aaron Walker

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College/Missions Ministry - November 2018


Hello Cook Family!! We hope you are doing well today, as you peruse through this month’s Baptist Message. Let me start off by thanking all the Connect Group classes who have helped us over the past two months with all our “Welcome Week” activities, as well as Big Free Lunch, “Adopt-a-Student” ministry, BCM “Soul Food” Lunch and mentoring. Students are craving authentic relationships and want older people who will invest in their lives….may these relationships bring both sides closer to the Lord through encouragement, love, and accountability!

Are you looking for ways to get involved with the college ministry here at Cook? Let me give me a few ministry opportunities that are coming up!

#1) We still have a few students who would like to be “adopted” by a family from Cook. If you’re interested in helping with this awesome ministry, please let Amanda or me know.

#2) On Sunday, November 11, Adult 4 will be hosting our next Big Free Lunch, which is always immediately following our morning worship service in the Cook gym!

#3) This year, during Tech’s Fall Quarter/Thanksgiving break, many of our students will be traveling with the BCM to Atlanta, Georgia, to participate in “Mission Atlanta”, a week of ministry and service. Also, a small team led by Landry Monroe will be serving in the Portland, Oregon, area working with a new church called River City Church. Please be praying for safe travel and as well as opportunities to share the gospel as we serve among the people of Atlanta & Portland. Dates are November 16 – 21.

#4) If you’re on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, then “like us” or “follow us” @CookonCampus to keep up with the latest news and updates from our
ministry. Help us spread the word when events are happening!

Thanks for being a church family who loves college kids! My prayer is that every student who enters our doors will have someone who knows their name and has given them a hug by the time they leave! I challenge you to learn the name of one new college student this coming Sunday!

Love y’all! Numbers 6:24-26 - “May the Lord bless you and keep you….”

Chris, Amanda, Makaylan, Hannah, and Aaron Walker

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College/Missions Ministry - October 2018


Howdy church family!! Hope y’all are doing well today! John 15 which states, “I am the vine, you are the branches.....” What an awesome word picture which reminds me of two things....first of all, I must be connected to the “vine” (Christ) through my daily reading of the Word, prayer time, and the local church body. And secondly, if I’m going to be a “branch” that reaches out, I’ve got to be doing just that....reaching out! My prayer is that through Christ I am able to reach out because I’m a healthy, growing branch which produces “fruit” as I grow. Let’s aim to be the branches connected to the vine.

As far as college ministry goes....THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to all who helped with all the “Welcome Week” activities (Dog Haul, LUAU, Freshmen Survival, Tailgating, etc..) on La Tech’s campus during the first few weeks of September. At our biggest event (La Tech LUAU), we had an estimated crowd of 1,000 students on the BCM property...connections were made and lives were impacted. So much of our college ministry is dependent upon a church family who is willing to reach out and love on our college kids! One of the things that our adult leadership team attempts to do is connect college with adults and families at Cook which we think would be a good “match.” Sometimes that may be through personalities, or occupations, or maybe spiritual giftedness, but it is our hope that every student who walks in our doors at Cook will be loved on and encouraged on a weekly basis by someone who knows his/her name.

A great way for you to get involved with this is through our “Adopt-a-college-student” program! What a blessing those families will be to these college students! Hopefully, through a meaningful relationship with these families, our college students will be encouraged to stay faithful to Christ during a time when many students are pulled by the “world” to leave their faith and experiment with many un-godly things and actions. If you’d like to “Adopt” a college student, please let Amanda or me know. You can register on our church website or thru the church app. Our kickoff luncheon will be on Sunday, October 14th . I pray our church family would be a place where college students feel loved and where people know them by name!

Thanks for being a great church who loves on college students! Let me know if you’re interested in helping! Love y’all!

Numbers 6:24-26 “May the Lord bless you and keep you.....”

Chris, Amanda, Makaylan, Hannah, and Aaron Walker

P.S. November 11 will be our next “Big Free Lunch” and will be hosted by Adult 4 Connect Groups.

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College/Missions Ministry - September 2018


Students are dropping out of the church at an alarming rate. In 2007, Ed Stetzer conducted a study for Lifeway Research which indicated that nearly 70 percent of churched youth leave the church for at least a year between ages 18 and 22. However, approximately 35 percent resume church attendance at least twice a month and another 30 percent attend more sporadically. The older our teenagers get the less likely they are to attend church.

Six reasons are laid out by David Kinnaman in “You Lost Me” (David does a fantastic job of describing these in detail. Pick up his book.)

  1. Church is an overprotective-environment of legalism. - We are not having honest conversations with our teenagers.
  2. Antagonist to science. - We can’t use science when it benefits us and discredit it when it doesn’t. There is a healthy balance.
  3. Church is shallow. - Tend to offer too “simplex” answers to complex questions.
  4. Attitude towards sexuality is simplistic and judgmental. - We must help them wrestle with the complex sexual issues within our culture.
  5. Wrestle with exclusive nature of Christianity. - We don’t compromise our faith, but it will take more work than simply handing them an apologetics packet.
  6. Church feels unfriendly to those who doubt. We must create a healthy environment for asking questions.

Additional obstacles to keeping our students in love with the “bride of Christ” (the church):

Difficulty of Cultivating Relationships: Students are leaving because they don’t feel like they belong. Belonging only happens in the context of relationships. America is so overly focused on individualism that our students think life is about them. We must do the hard/slow work of building real relationships with them. Their basic struggles are: Who Am I?, Where Do I Belong?, Why Do I Matter?
Affinity Groups: Students (people for that matter) are naturally attracted to those like themselves. We have to help our students see the value of getting to know others outside their age. (This is why adult led groups are so important.)
*Good measuring tool: If your High School seniors are hanging out in your youth ministry after graduation you didn’t help them feel belonging within the whole church.

Cook family, would you be willing to invest in the life of a student? There are several ways you could help with this.

  • Be in prayer for our college ministry team (Philip & Joanne Hood, Will & Jessica Powell, Steven & Erika Breshears, Jake & Millie Haymon, Kevin & Sheila Nugent, Gabriel & Gemma Hyacinth, Adam & Ashley Napper, Ken & Dandy Monroe and Denise Baugh) that they would be able to develop relationships and build trust with our college-aged community here in Ruston….
  • Have you ever considered helping on Sunday mornings or Wednesday nights with our college-aged? You don’t have to be a “teacher”….you could just be a warm, friendly smile who offers a hug and remembers a name. Won’t you pray about giving a little of your time to come be part of our college ministry team?
  • Would you be willing to “adopt-a-college-student” in the fall? This is an awesome way to spend some 1-on-1 time with a student (or two), just offering them a “home-away-from-home” relationship….maybe you could meet them for coffee once a week, or invite them to use your laundry room once a month, or send them an encouraging text message or phone call every once in a while, or remembering their birthday and taking them out to eat! I promise you will be blessed by investing in the life of a college-aged person! Young adults are crying out for relationships…..I pray they would find one at Cook Baptist Church, rather than out at the local bar or club….’cause I promise you, they’ll find relationships somewhere.

If you’re interested in participating in our “Adopt-a-College-Student” ministry, please visit our church website at to find out more information and to register. Thank you for being a church who loves college students!! Any ideas or suggestions for how we could do college ministry better? Please let us know! We love y’all!

Chris, Amanda, Makaylan, Hannah and Aaron Walker

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College/Missions Ministry - August 2018



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 five tips will help you get settled into a church soon.

1) 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.

2) 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 if 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…

3) 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.

4) 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.

5) 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.

Hey, Cook Baptist Church family….the University/Beyond department is looking for families who would be interesting in “adopting” a college student….maybe just a phone call or text every week to check on them, or inviting them over to do laundry or eat a meal with your family once a month, or even taking them to eat lunch with you after church on Sundays. Anything to make our students feel more at home while they are studying in Ruston! Thankful for a church who loves college students!

“May the Lord bless you and keep you….” Numbers 6:24-26

Chris, Amanda, Makaylan, Hannah, and Aaron Walker


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