Holy cow, I can't believe that the summer is almost over and a new school year is upon us. It is my prayer that you have been productive in your summer and have prepared well for the upcoming fall semester. Hopefully, you've spent time in prayer asking for God's input on your planning as well! As He continues to pave the way for your ministry this semester and school year and prepare your heart and your ministry for the new students that will join it, I thought it would be a good reminder to remind you to go after freshmen students in the early weeks of the school year.
Some suggest that if a college student does not attend church in the first six weeks of their college experience, they won't attend throughout their entire four/five years. It is extremely important to seek out these college freshmen and let them know about your ministry and church so that they see value in your ministry. College students are involved in so many clubs and groups that they tend to join organizations they find value in, and church's fall into the category of another "organization" in many students minds. It is the ministry's task to let them in on the value it provides, namely to fulfill the great commission on their college campus (and throughout the world). There is no greater value than this and collegiates need to understand that.
So I would encourage you to spend alot of time on campus for the first two to three weeks and interact with college students. Occasionally you may want to bring adult or student leaders with you, if you have them. I would spend as much time as I could helping freshmen move in, handing out waters, welcoming them at welcome week, walking around campus and introducing yourself to college students. Make sure before you go onto campus that you contact the office of student affairs to find out what you need to do to be on campus. They may have some forms to fill out or some other type of documentation needed. I hope God uses you and your ministry in mighty ways this upcoming semester and that countless freshmen come to faith in Christ!!!
Understanding Your College Students
Know Your Incoming Audience
Helpful Tips for Incoming Freshmen
The First Month: Discipling not just recruiting by Benson Hines
Against the Current: Understanding Incoming Freshmen by Tommy McGregor
Be Still and Know: Helping Freshmen Experience the Lord by Kimberley Moyahan