Theologically and Spiritually Preparing Students for College

Happy Spring! We know that many of you are getting ready to send of High School Seniors to college. Weather you have a long-standing tradition of honoring Seniors, or are just beginning to think about what to do for graduation, it is our prayer that these resources will equip and encourage them as you shepherd teenagers during this transition.

Articles: 

Six Situations Every College Student Should Be Ready For by Mac Harris 

As college-bound Christians, part of our calling is to spread the Gospel to all different kinds of people. We ought to leave for school equipped to answer common questions that we might face.

Preparing Our Teenagers to Encounter Different Viewpoints in College  by Ben Birdsong 

As our students prepare for college, they will enter a world of competing ideas. Will they be prepared to not only understand what they believe, but also to represent the love of Jesus towards those with whom they disagree?

The Summer Before College: A Graduating Senior Gameplan by Rebecca Lankford 

The following is a basic timeline we use to help introduce incoming college freshmen into on-campus Christian community and a church body, which you can modify according to your local school schedule.

A Letter to Teenagers Beginning Sorority Recruitment  by Cameron Cole 

Because of the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, God relates to us in a manner that is completely antithetical to recruitment. Jesus lives the perfect life that you never could, but instead of claiming it for himself, he gives his righteousness to those willing to receive it. 

Six Encouragements for Your Graduate by Joey Turner

In a world hyper-focused on defining people by what they do, here are six encouragements for parents to give to their graduate that focus on who they are.

Podcasts: 

Ask Alice: Learning to Fly: College Application Process and Decisions

In this episode of Ask Alice, Alice interviews Asst. Dean of Admission, Brian Kennedy, to discuss what universities are really looking for in prospective students. He covers the workings of effective essays, dispels myths about activities and provides helpful tips for enhancing the professional appearance of a student’s resume. Brian beautifully encourages parents to help students approach the college decision holistically in order to find the best fit for the child.

Michael Kruger on “Surviving Religion 101: Letters to a Christian Student on Keeping the Faith in College”

In this episode, Dr. Michael Kruger shares from his latest book, “Surviving Religion 101: Letters to a Christian Student on Keeping the Faith in College”, which addresses common objections to the Christian faith—the exclusivity of Christianity, Christian intolerance, homosexuality, hell, the problem of evil, science, miracles, and the reliability of the Bible.

How to Prepare Students for College Religion Class: A Conversation with Mark Gignilliat

In this episode of the Rooted Podcast, Cameron Cole interviews Mark Gignilliat about preparing students for their college religion class – a setting which can often be conflicting for kids coming from a rich youth group setting. Students struggle with where to place their beliefs while they engage with critical and historical religious issues. 


In addition to our blog and podcast, our Rooted Reservoir subscribers have access to all of the past training videos we develop for our Rooted Regional Groups. This month we invite subscribers to view Kevin Twitt’s video  on “Theologically and Spiritually Preparing Students for College.” If you’re a subscriber, head on over to the Rooted Reservoir site and you will find it in your library within the Rooted Regional Group Videos.