College Ministry - January 2015

Why short-term mission trips?

"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 this 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 longterm.
  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 this 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 2015, Cook Baptist Church will have several different opportunities for you to take part in a life-changing mission trip! Be on the look-out for the dates, destinations, and cost of these trips.

“May the Lord bless you and keep you….”
Chris, Amanda, Makaylan, & Hannah Walker

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College Ministry - December 2014

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:

  • 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.
  • Invite a student to share a home-cooked meal with you to get acquainted.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wal-Mart gift cards are awesome gifts……with a note.
  • 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 New Orleans” from March 4-8. If you’d like to help with our mission trip, or maybe have an idea of how our college group can make an impact in New Orleans during this week, 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 Walker

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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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