COLLEGE STUDENT SUMMER RETREAT 2016
AUGUST 19 & 20
SWAN LAKE, NY
So what do you mean by "college-age?"
We know that the years following high school graduation are a period full of excitement and change. We also know they can be a time of discovery, confusion, and even frustration. The college ministry of Promise International Fellowship exists to support and equip college-age students with the tools they need to grow in their relationship with God and with each other. We do this through small groups, special events, and fun activities.
The ways in which we minister as a college ministry are specialized for the specific context of college-age students. Therefore, we believe that the ministry (and its special events and activities) are supported for the following individuals:
- Any person enrolled in an undergraduate program in a four to six-year academic institution.
- Any person who is between the ages of 18 to 22 (if not enrolled in a four to six-year academic institution.)
- Any person who has graduated recently (Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Summer 2016 all apply.)
How does this look like in context? Here are some examples:
- A 23 year old undergraduate student enrolled in a six-year Pharmacy program is college-age.
- A 21 year old individual not in school but with a working job is college-age.
- A 19 year old individual i is college-age.
So what if I'm not college-age? Are you excluding me?
We've always believed that our college ministry is not simply a meager extension of our church, but it is an important part of our church body! Our college ministry knows that the key to nurturing meaningful relationships is to partner older believers in the church with our younger ones, to connect their lives to the greater relationships in the church.
On the flip side -- and this is important -- we are BIG on fostering a contextualized ministry. Our events and activities are designed with college-age students in mind. While we'd love for the whole church to come out to them, it creates added pressure on our staff team, and it draws away from the context-specific environment we prayerfully want our college-age students to experience.
Many other churches are stricter with their college-age guidelines, so we find that ours is a more reasonable set of filters. We want our events to include more people, but also keep them streamlined to the people we need to minister to.
So in short, if you're not a college-age student, then you can actually support one of our upcoming college ministry events as a volunteer. First, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org -- and if our resources are able to take you on, then we will reach out to you on a case-by-case basis and let you know.
Thanks for understanding. You can also email us with your questions and concerns.