College Ministry - November 2014

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, BCM Church Road Trip, BCM "Soul Food" and Freshmen Fridays. 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. On Sunday, October 26, some of our college students will be leading the 6pm worship service at Cook! We hope you'll come see & hear what the Lord's been doing in the lives of our college students.
  2. Wanna help make pancakes? During finals week at La Tech, Sunday, November 9, we'll have a free pancake supper for any students who need a break from studying to come get a little food and love from our Cook family! Let me know if you have time from 7pm – 8:30pm (after evening worship service) to help make and/or serve pancakes!
  3. Also, on Sunday, November 9, Adult 3 will be hosting our next Big Free Lunch, which is always immediately following our morning worship service!
  4. This year, during Tech's Fall Quarter/Thanksgiving break, many of our students (as well as Chris & Amanda) will be traveling with the BCM to New York City to participate in "Mission NYC", a week of ministry and service in the "Big Apple." Please be praying for safe travel and as well as opportunities to share the gospel as we serve among the people of NYC, and partner with the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association ( Dates are November 14 – 22.
  5. If you're on 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 Walker

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College Ministry - October 2014

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 the "Freshmen Church Road Trip." Man, what an awesome night as we had 110+ freshmen, 50 upperclassmen, and probably 25-30 Cook adults. Argent Pavilion was packed with people serving and visiting and enjoying incredible food as we welcomed new Tech students! 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, Amanda, and I attempt 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. 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, and Hannah Walker

P.S. October 12 will be our next "Big Free Lunch" and will be hosted by Adult 2 & Agape Sunday School classes.

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College Ministry - August 2014

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 if 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 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….
  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 college Sunday School department is needing 2 more teachers for Sunday mornings at 9am down in the CAVE to lead one of our small groups. If you’d be interested in this position, please contact us!

Thankful for a church who loves college students!

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

Chris, Amanda, Makaylan, and Hannah Walker 

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College Ministry - September 2014

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.

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College Ministry - July 2014


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.

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.

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.

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 \vhile 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.

While in Ruston, we want you to grow in your faith as well as become a well-rounded, productive citizen who learns responsibility and what it means to be part of the Body of Christ aka the "Church". We want you to feel welcome and part of our church family from the moment you walk in the doors for the first time! If there's anything we can do to help you in anyway (prayer, physical needs, counseling, etc....) please let us know! We love you! Cook Baptist church family ..... thanks for all you do to invest in the lives of young adults in Ruston!

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

Chris, Amanda, Makavlan, and Hannah Walker

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