College + Young Leaders

Helping students remain connected after graduation

High school seniors need help navigating the multitude of changes headed their way. They will soon enter the work force, take a gap year, or continue their education through a trade school, community college or four-year university. They probably feel a mixture of excitement and anxiety about the transitions ahead. Unfortunately, while pursuing these future endeavors, even many of the students who have experienced a strong connection to their local church will struggle to keep that in the next stage of life. However, you can help improve their chances for continued intimacy with the church or their chances of getting connected to a church for the first time.
June 22, 2022
College + Young Leaders

The Most Strategic Day of the Year:Graduation

Graduation day is one of the most exciting times in college ministry! Does that surprise you? Now before you start to protest, it isn’t because of the long graduation speeches or hundreds of people crammed together to watch. Graduation is the launching pad to send out Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) students across the globe for ministry and mission. Colt Booth is one of those students. After working on staff for three years at BCM, he is graduating with his degree from Midwestern Seminary. It is our privilege to launch Colt into his next stage of ministry! Here are some reflections from him on the impact of BCM in his life.      
May 11, 2022
College + Young Leaders

Five Key Priorities for a Successful College Summer Ministry

The calendar year in college ministry is dominated by two months: August and September – the start of school. However, summers are the downtime in a college student’s life. This reflection is one of the key factors that led the Little Rock Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) along with our group of amazing churches to rethink our summer strategy and birth the Little Rock Project.  
April 27, 2022
College + Young Leaders

A Blueprint for Discipleship

Fall semester in the life of a college minister cannot be any more exciting! Welcome week, first day of class, meeting lots of new people, and having the opportunity to share Jesus among all the activities. This past semester God moved and we had several students decide to follow Christ and several who have rekindled their love for Jesus. 
March 11, 2022
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Building an Evangelistic Culture: The Foundation of a Sending Culture

Building an evangelistic culture is no small feat for any church or organization. Even many missions sending agencies struggle to build this culture. When it comes to laying a foundation for this culture one of the most important components to remember is consistency.  
March 11, 2022
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The Importance of Spiritual Disciplines

The college campus is an explosion of character, culture, education, ideology, religion, lifestyle, and worldview.
February 21, 2022
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International Student Ministry: COVID-19 Crisis Creates Evangelism Opportunity

Although much of our efforts in international missions have been hampered by the recent Covid-19 pandemic, we know that current events did...

May 11, 2020
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No Commencement, Worried Parents, Life on Hold: College Students and COVID-19

Senior Jordan Gottsponer had planned to walk across the stage to graduate this May with a degree in marketing from the University of...

April 8, 2020
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Over 1,300 Attend Lead>Defend Conference and Learn to Impact the Culture for Christ

The crowd of over 1,300 expected the Kasey Earl Band drummer and lead singer to kick off the first worship song signaling the beginning of...

March 11, 2020
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Science, Faith, Gender Identity, Abortion, Apologetics: Lead>Defend 2020, Church Staff/Young Professionals Respond

The youth group at Jacksonville First Baptist Church attended last month’s Lead>Defend conference for the first time. The one-day event sponsored by the College + Young Leaders Team of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention was at Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock and had over 1,300 participants.
March 10, 2020
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