The Coalition for Christian Outreach; ‘Young Christians Can Survive College with Their Faith Intact’
November 16, 2020
PITTSBURGH—Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO) recognizes that many parents have fears surrounding college and their kids. Parents often ask, “Is it possible for a young man or woman who is a Christian to survive college, faith intact?” CCO says that they can.
CCO points to young people who are not just surviving college as Christians, but thriving,
particularly in light of the challenges young people face these days, with peer pressure and temptations around every corner.
CCO understands that students clearly can mature and blossom spiritually in college, but it’s not an automatic outcome. How parents practice their influence over their children before and during college will make a big difference, knowing that the child’s choices determine the ultimate outcome of his or her college experience.
Dan Dupee, former Chairman of the Board for CCO maintains that, “One of the best ways to do this is to ask questions and listen respectfully. What does the teenager really want his or her college experience to be like? What are your child’s ideas about the problems Christian students face in college? Follow a principle of leadership: people will work a lot harder to achieve their goals than they will your goals.”
Dupee offers suggestions to assist parents as they navigate through this important conversation with their college-aged children:
- Try to keep the ball in the child’s court. The challenge will ultimately be the child’s, not the parents’, so allowing the child to wrestle with the question rather than spoon-feeding the answer is the preferred way to go.
- Parents should notice that they are giving their child a chance to think about something before it happens. Not only is the child thinking about it, but he or she is starting to actually rehearse it. Rehearsal is a beautiful thing, as it makes the actual moment of truth (the performance) a whole lot easier and a whole lot more fun.
Says Dupee, “If thriving is the goal, connection to other Christians, exposure to scriptural teaching, and going deeper into the gospel are musts for your son or daughter during college. This is true even for kids attending a Christian school, where many students end up going with the flow when they could take the opportunity to thrive.”
College can be a time of upheaval for many students, who, cut adrift from their familiar moorings – their family and home church if they had one – struggle to find their own way. The Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO) becomes a helpful resource, ministering to college students at this important time in their lives by providing a sense of belonging, direction and purpose.
CCO has found that the college and university campus is the most strategic mission field in the world, with only 2% of students being reached with the Gospel. CCO partners with local church congregations to help students feel a sense of belonging. A community is formed between the CCO staff and students, who are invited into the lives of local congregations. Through this community of fellowship, CCO is able to minister to the students in a life-changing way. This gives students a vision for serving Jesus Christ in their studies, jobs, communities and families.
For more information about Coalition for Christian Outreach, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Nick DiFazio, 610.584.1096, ext. 104, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.