Everyone remembers high school as the time of their lives. Students are surrounded by their friends every day from 8 AM to 3 PM. Great relationships are formed. However, this is a time of great structure and supervision in the life of a student. This design leaves room for exploration post-high school.
Whether a student is in a new town with new faces or living at home with the same faces since birth, a new freedom is experienced after high school. For the first time, someone is challenging their thoughts on spiritual things. They are not asking what their parents think, or their friends from school, or their youth pastor. They are forced to evaluate what they believe and why. Many college-age students are faced with these questions for the first time. For the first time, the answer that “this is how my parents did things” is not sufficient. This can lead to personal doubt in their relationship with Christ.
Doubt is not a bad thing. The Bible says that the Disciples, who could see and experience Jesus in person, doubted. But doubt does lead to a fork in the road. One path is the path of least resistance. The student goes with the flow of whatever direction their surroundings send them. This option transfers the doubt to disbelief. The other path is the pursuit of answers, knowledge, and wisdom. The student does not have all of the right answers for those questioning him or her, but the result of asking God and His people questions and questioning the reasons for things will result in a closer relationship to Christ.
This is the focus of Vertical Access. Addressing doubt and questions will equip the college-age students to grow in their faith. No one in the class claims to know or will ever have all of the answers, but they will look in the right direction together.
College & Outreach Pastor