BASIC can help.
Targeting college students is smart
- Historically, many major religious and political movements—both good and bad—start on university campuses
- According to a number of recent studies, three out of every four Christian students who attend a public university fall away from their faith in less than one semester
- College students are more likely than other age groups to be searching for truth and the meaning of our lives
- There is a trend for twenty-somethings to disengage from the church; they are less likely than any other age group to believe “a person’s faith in God is meant to be developed by involvement in a local church”
- There are approximately 700,000 international students studying in the United States, and over half are from the 10/40 window
- Only 10% of Christians come to Christ after the age of 25, so we have the opportunity to reach people before they "write off religion"
The local church is the hope of the world.
That's why every BASIC group has a church sponsor—because our job is to make sure the church brings glory to Jesus. Utilizing exisiting local churches has a number of benefits:
- Students learn to serve and belong in a local church, not just homogeneous student groups
- A church can provide stability and maturity to a campus ministry as students come and go
- Churches already have equipment, resources, and money to be used for reaching unbelievers for Christ
- College students bring enthusiasm and excitement to church (just think of a college sports game!)
- Some students will stay in the area for summers or after college and become core church members
Get started in 5 steps
1Identify a nearby campus that needs more Jesus
3Ask your pastor to check out this webpage
4Pastor sends in Sponsoring Church Application
5BASIC comes to your church to train advisors for free