Fall brings cooler temperatures, falling leaves, and College Connection, an annual event to give Xenos high school juniors and seniors a taste of the college ministry. This year the event runs November 6-11, and allows high-schoolers to attend college meetings, spend time in a ministry house, and make new friends within college home churches.
College Connection is exciting, not only because it’s fun, but also because, historically, it has helped persuade hundreds of high school students to pursue their walk with God in college. Many U. S. high schoolers drop out of their church involvement when they transition to college. College Connection gives them a vision for following God during their college years and beyond, and motivates them to choose that path.
Saturday night (November 11) high-schoolers gather for meetings at 4th Street and the Warehouse locations (with free pizza!) to help them learn more about the college ministry, and further encourage them to include it in their future plans.
High school senior Kyra Freeman attended College Connection last year. She says it was an incredible experience and is looking forward to returning this year. “My friends and I are constantly bringing up fun memories we share from the week. I specifically remember getting to go to home church and Central Teaching and feeling so welcome. The college students in my group were so excited to talk to me and learn about my life.”
Kyra’s older sister has lived in a ministry house, and says the week solidified her plans to live in one herself when she’s in college. “Being in an environment where I was around people who were following God all the time was so encouraging and made me so excited for the future.”
Xenos College-High School Administrator Brian Adams says, as a high-schooler, the College Connection meeting was one of his first experiences with Xenos. He says he was hostile toward the church but found people were sincerely committed to God’s work, and developing deep, loving relationships. Brian says, “I was sold from going to College Connection that I wanted to continue coming to Bible studies, which lead to me coming to Christ and choosing to follow God. I’m really thankful our church practices this. That first meeting was a huge part of my salvation and my decision to follow God.”
Brian says students in the college ministry often enjoy more depth in their relationships than in the high school ministry since, especially for those in the ministry house, they are able to spend more time together, beyond the twice-weekly schedule of the high school meetings. College Connection gives them a chance to see these deeper relationships in action, motivating the high schoolers toward including God in their plans for their future.