I am siting in the coffee shop at Indiana Wesleyan University with my Mother-In-Law. I love to people watch and nothing is more fascinating than a college campus. At 9:00 p.m. there are still tons of students working out at the Wellness building ( I just came from watching rousing games of racket ball that involved my kids). I watch students making their way to an evening chapel, students eating, talking and drinking coffee and Mac computers everywhere!
This is the next generation, tomorrows leaders preparing. These are the people I want on my teams, but how to get them... they are not ready to commit fully to the local church, home in the summer, back to school in the fall. But I need them, I need our congregation to see the next generation, to value our next generation.
I have come to the conclusion that they will not come to us. We have to go after them. What would attract them to serving at the local church? What would keep them connected to the church during the school year? These are questions I am trying to answer by creating MOCK - Mothers of College kids. Some like minded moms and I are going to meet once a month to send cards, care packages and ask for prayer requests from our college students. We will see...I had one student as a result of our communication this week ask to receive our Pulpit Study Guides that support the weekend teachings each weekend. A small victory, a step in the right direction! We will see!