College/Missions Ministry - January 2017

COLLEGE MINISTRY CORNER

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” –
Acts 1:8

  1. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS TEACH US TO PRAY. When you’re faithfully serving God, He puts you into situations that cause you to have to rely more heavily on him. You learn to pray – really pray – in the mission field. One of the main goals of a mission trip is to teach you how to recognize God’s voice and respond to it.
  2. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS EXPOSE US TO GOD’S KINGDOM. There is another reality – a spiritual reality – that we Americans and “westerners” know so very little about. We’re taught to dismiss it, to rationalize it, to explain it away. When you step into an area of the world where the poorest of the poor live, where there is a tremendous physical need and spiritual hunger, you will meet this reality.
  3. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS AID THE EFFORTS OF LONG-TERM MISSIONARIES AND MINISTRIES. “Many hands make light work.” – John Heywood. Often times encouragement and help with an overwhelming task can be one of the ways short-term trips can be a benefit to those on the field long-term.
  4. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS STRETCH US AND GET US OUT OF OUR COMFORT ZONE. It is a great opportunity to step out of your own environment and experience God at work in other cultures and contexts. It is the perfect recipe for a life changing experience.
  5. SHORT TERM MISSIONARIES OFTEN MAKE GOOD LONG-TERM MISSIONARIES! It’s amazing how the Lord will speak while we are “focused” and in a place of serving Him already. I pray the Lord will deal with your heart about possibly serving Him through career missions.
  6. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS ARE A PERFECT TIME TO “BE HIS WITNESSES”. Expect every encounter to be a “divine encounter”…expect every new person that we meet to be “God sent” and learn to experience life, not as mere coincidences, but as God-ordained, God-planned, God-purposed events that happen to shape and mold us, especially on this trip.
  7. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS BUILD DEEPER RELATIONSHIPS WITH MEMBERS OF THE TEAM. Traveling together, rooming together, and serving together in a “different place” will build bonds of friendships that will last you the rest of your life.
  8. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS ALLOW US TO “BOLDLY DECLARE GOD’S GLORY!”, WHICH IS COOK’S MOTTO. Everything we do on a mission trip should be done with the intention of giving God glory through our words, actions, thoughts, prayers, free-time, etc… 1 Corinthians 10:31

In 2017, Cook Baptist Church will be sending a team to Greenville, South Carolina, to help Table Community Church, a new “church plant” being led by Aubrey & Mollie Hogan. The dates are Friday, Feb. 24 – Wednesday, March 1. The cost is $250. Please pray about joining our team. Contact Amanda or I with questions. www.tablecommunitychurch.com

“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 - December 2016

COLLEGE MINISTRY CORNER

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 Sunday School class, put together care packages for students. Include snacks, bookmarks, a hand-written note, or simple tension 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 “MISSION GREENVILLE” from Feb. 24-28. We’ll be taking a team up to Greenville, South Carolina, to help Aubrey & Mollie Hogan as they prepare to plant a new church in 2017. 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!

“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 2016

COLLEGE MINISTRY CORNER

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 13, Adult 2 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 St. Louis, MO, to
participate in “Mission St. Louis”, a week of ministry and service. Please be praying for safe travel as well as opportunities to share the gospel as we serve among the people of St. Louis. Dates are November 18 – 22.

#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 2016

COLLEGE MINISTRY CORNER

Howdy church family!! Hope y'all are doing well today! John 15 which states, "I am the vine, you are the branchies....." 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 (Dawg Haul, LUAU, Freshmen Survival, Church Roadtrip, 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 1,100 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 dois 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-acollege-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 www.cookbc.org or thru the church app. Our kickoff luncheon will be on October 2. 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. October 9 will be our next "Big Free Lunch" and will be hosted by Adult 1, 5, & Mosaic/Agape Connect Group classes.

P.SS. On October 21st we will be attending a conference in Dallas, Texas called "ReTHINK apologetics conference". This is open to all high school seniors, college students, and student ministry adult leaders. Contact Chris Walker for more information.

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College/Missions Ministry - September 2016

MISSION RUSTON 2016

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 belonging. 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 a 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 (Phillip & Joanne Hood, Will & Jessica Powell, Steven & Erika Breshears, Todd & Lesley Free, Jake & Millie Haymon, Kevin & Sheila Nugent, 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 one somewhere.

If you’re interested in participating in our “Adopt-a-College-Student” ministry, please visit our church website at http://cookbc.org/events/event-sign-up/university/adopt-acollege-student 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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