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How to grow spiritually at college

College is an exciting time! You’re in a new place. You’re making decisions on your own about how to spend your time and who to hang out with. You’re discovering new things about yourself and those around you. College can also be a time where you grow with God in ways you never have before. Here are 3 important principles that will greatly contribute to your spiritual growth in college.

1. Read the Bible and pray every day.

It sounds very basic but it's very important.

The fundamental ways God speaks to us and nurtures our souls are through his Word and in prayer. Nothing can replace the intimacy and understanding that comes with a regular devotional life. Read more about loving the Bible.

2. Get plugged into healthy Christian community.

More than anything else, being in Christian community helps you grow spiritually. Think about it: the power of community is why we go to college in the first place. Anybody could buy the books that you read in college, and watch some lectures online, but that can’t replace the power of learning together with like-minded students in community.

How do you find a healthy Christian community on campus? Ask 3 questions:

  1. Does this community love Jesus?
  2. Does this community of people love one another and also love people who are outside of it?
  3. Does this community express commitment to the local church?

Dig deeper into the role of community in spiritual growth.

3. Be on mission.

Feed the hungry, help the hurting, and share the Good News. Think Winter Break, Spring Break, and Summer Vacation! There are amazing opportunities to be on mission during any of those times. Find a mentor to help you learn how to be on mission in your major and in your dorm.

We can’t wait to hear from you and meet you soon!

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