MISSION RUSTON 2016
Hey Cook family! Thank you for supporting your “Cook-on-Campus” university ministry this past school year! Because of your generous support we were able to make a huge impact in our college-aged community.....reaching people from several countries, including: Nigeria, China, India, Taiwan, Saudia Arabia, Macedonia, Kazakhstan, and Turkey....and students from the following states: California, Texas, North Carolina, Arkansas, Texas and Mississippi! Forty students were able to participate in mission trips to Arlington, Ruston, Guatemala, North Dakota, Thailand and Alaska. We averaged around 35 students in Connect Groups, and around 45 in our mid-week Bible Study. Numerous families from Cook allowed students into their homes for parties and Bible studies, and I know many of you also financially sponsored students to go on a mission trip. You helped cook food for Big Free Lunch....and you selflessly gave hundreds of hats, flip-flops, hair accessories, and school supplies to be used in ministry. WOW....thank you, thank you, thank you! There’s no way the Powells, Hoods, Breshears, Haymons, Frees or Amanda and I could be able to invest in the lives of students without your love and support! We love you!
As we head into the summer months, be praying about how you can be involved in the college ministry next year!
Here’s another good article written by my friend Arliss Dickerson entitled, Reasons Students Stop Attending.
“Here are what I think are the top reasons Christian students go to or leave a particular ministry, apart from a faith crisis.
- Language and style
Ministries may have the same theology, but they say it differently or just do it differently. It goes to natural comfort level.
Sometimes, it is just as simple as one ministry's schedule working better for that student. Work or new classes may bring about a change in schedule.
- The Cool Place
A Campus Ministry may get the reputation of being THE ministry on campus and students go there for that reason. Never forget that there is some "word of Mouth" about your ministry on campus....good or bad...deserved or undeserved.
Some students attend a ministry because it is large (The Cool Place) but some students want to go to a small ministry because they may feel more known or it feels more like their home church.
I am amazed that some ministries tout that they teach no theology...just the Bible. Every ministry is espousing a theology. Sometimes, a student comes into a ministry to later decide that their beliefs are different and move to another ministry.
I believe for good or bad, the number one reason students attend or quit attending a particular ministry is relationships. A quarrel or breakup in a relationship can send a student to another ministry. All of us have experienced a couple who date breaking up....and then BOTH stop coming because they are afraid they will run into the other!”
We love you Cook family! Thank you for being 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