In the summer of 2017, Central Christian Church decided that they had waited long enough to reach out to the college campus next door and they took action.
College age ministries are few and far between in the Church at large. Most churches spend their money and time on high school ministries only to graduate the students into a void. But, college ministry is not a continuation of high school ministry nor is it an extension or a division. Instead, it is a new starting point for the church to reach into an often untapped mission field that is fresh every semester and is almost completely different every two years. It cannot be totally tied to high school ministries nor is it fitting to put into a category of people who have careers and families. Central College Age is based mostly in traditional students and 18-25 year old’s who have already entered the full-time work place.
In the summer of 2017, Central Christian Church decided that they were going to act on the burden that they had felt for the lost at University of Arkansas Fort Smith. They began looking for a campus minister and making arrangements to build a residential campus housing program. In the spring of 2018 the college ministry launched and they hit the ground running. That following summer they acquired three houses that were within walking distance of the campus, and began renovating them. All the while God was preparing hearts of college students to move into those houses that following fall.
“We strive to connect college age people with Jesus, the Church, and one another.”
This is our mission but how it manifests itself and what the bi-product is, is just as important as the Why behind our What.
We believe that when our mission is being carried out the bi-product looks like success. How do we define success? A Jesus following, young individual who has worked through their own story, made inter-generational relationships, is serving in the local church, and is prepared for the next season of life is what we call a success.
Our mission will manifest itself in the way that we are: