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A Different College Experience

Following Christ in College
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For many, the college experience is defined by drinking, sex, impulsive decision-making, and a journey of self discovery. It's packaged as a consequence-free zone to have the "best time of your life." But the reality is that what happens in college doesn't stay in college. There are real, lasting consequences to your decisions.

Student ministry leaders Ben Trueblood and Brian Mills have seen this firsthand. With decades of student-ministry leadership under their belts, they have seen too many lives fall apart because of the world's view of what the college experience should be.

You don't have to have that kind of college experience.

Fortunately, just as the gospel redeems all of life, the gospel redeems the college experience. It tells us there is another way. In this book, Ben and Brian provide a biblical and practical guide for how you can have a fun, joy-filled, and spiritually enriching college experience while avoiding the pitfalls that have captured so many before you.

about the authors

Ben Trueblood serves as director of Student Ministry for LifeWay Christian Resources. He has twenty years of student ministry experience, thirteen of which were spent in the local church as a student pastor. Ben is the author of Student Ministry that Matters and is involved in training, consulting, and speaking to student ministries across the United States. Ben and his wife Kristen have four children: Jonathan, Avery, Josiah, and Adrienne.

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Brian Mills serves as the college pastor at Cross Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas, which reaches over 1,000 college students and young adults each week. Brian also serves as one of the chaplains for the University of Arkansas football team. He has authored three books and travels the country as a communicator of the gospel. He has led some of the largest student ministries in the country, along with serving as a teaching pastor since he began in full-time ministry in 1999. Brian is happily married to Jennifer and they have two awesome children, McKenna and Parker.

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  • isbn: 9781462794249
  • status: Active
  • season: Fall 2018
  • publish date: 01/15/2019
  • pages: 192
  • carton quantity: 36
  • A Different College Experience, eBook

A Different College Experience, eBook

Following Christ in College
,

For many, the college experience is defined by drinking, sex, impulsive decision-making, and a journey of self discovery. It's packaged as a consequence-free zone to have the "best time of your life." But the reality is that what happens in college doesn't stay in college. There are real, lasting consequences to your decisions.

Student ministry leaders Ben Trueblood and Brian Mills have seen this firsthand. With decades of student-ministry leadership under their belts, they have seen too many lives fall apart because of the world's view of what the college experience should be.

You don't have to have that kind of college experience.

Fortunately, just as the gospel redeems all of life, the gospel redeems the college experience. It tells us there is another way. In this book, Ben and Brian provide a biblical and practical guide for how you can have a fun, joy-filled, and spiritually enriching college experience while avoiding the pitfalls that have captured so many before you.

about the authors

Ben Trueblood serves as director of Student Ministry for LifeWay Christian Resources. He has twenty years of student ministry experience, thirteen of which were spent in the local church as a student pastor. Ben is the author of Student Ministry that Matters and is involved in training, consulting, and speaking to student ministries across the United States. Ben and his wife Kristen have four children: Jonathan, Avery, Josiah, and Adrienne.

continue reading >>

Brian Mills serves as the college pastor at Cross Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas, which reaches over 1,000 college students and young adults each week. Brian also serves as one of the chaplains for the University of Arkansas football team. He has authored three books and travels the country as a communicator of the gospel. He has led some of the largest student ministries in the country, along with serving as a teaching pastor since he began in full-time ministry in 1999. Brian is happily married to Jennifer and they have two awesome children, McKenna and Parker.

continue reading >>
Author Q&A

details

  • isbn: 9781462794256
  • status: Active
  • season: Fall 2018
  • publish date: 01/15/2019
  • pages: 192
  • weight: 0.2

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  • The four years I spent at a small Christian university in North Carolina were some of the most formative days of my life. They shaped me and changed me, like they do for anyone who experiences college life. So many lessons learned, so many relationships formed, so many mistakes made. In my opinion, A Different College Experience should be required reading for every Christian who feels like college is their next step after high school. But it should be more than required reading, it should be required living. This is a Christ-centered, gospel-oriented book that digs deeper than the typical moral advice of “don’t sleep around” and “find a good Bible study group.” This book gets to the root issue of your identity, what you believe about God, and how your relationship with Him sets the course for the direction your life will go as you enter college. You don’t have to press pause on your faith during this season of your life. Instead, college is the perfect experience to ground yourself in the gospel and learn how to be on mission for the kingdom of God. It’s readable, practical, and doable. I wish this book had been written when I was a college student.


    Clayton King, teaching pastor, Newspring Church, founder and president, Crossroads Camps and Missions, and author of

    True Love Project and Grounded

  • I have spent my entire adult life trying to prepare students to keep their faith as they journey through the “wilderness years” of university and college. One of the greatest challenges is providing outgoing seniors/incoming freshman with a real resource that can have an edifying impact on the trajectory of their journey. In A Different College Experience Ben Trueblood and Brian Mills have now provided all of this with that resource! I can’t wait to use this breath-of-fresh-air resource to further equip and encourage the amazing young men and women in my ministry at Student Leadership University!


    Brent Crowe, vice president, Student Leadership University

  • Honestly, I wish this book would have been written when I was in college. This is NOT a handbook of how to get through college as a Christian, but rather a holistic discipleship worldview during one of the most crucial and formative seasons of a person’s life. The emphasis is not on being good or on not being bad, but on having a right view of God, of self, and of the gospel. This book is both theological and practical, and I want to make this required reading for all of my college students.


    Drew Worsham, college and young adult pastor, Community Bible Church, San Antonio, Texas

  • I came to know Christ as a senior in high school and the Lord used my college years to deepen my understanding of the gospel, give me a passion for community with other believers, and ignite in me a commitment to the mission of the local church. This is not only my story but the story of many who the Lord has transformed during their college years. By helping readers become rooted in the gospel, their identity in Christ, and God’s Word, A Different College Experience paves the way for a person’s college years to be a time of great spiritual growth. This book is a needed and helpful resource for the church and families during a critical moment of life.


    Eric Geiger , senior pastor, Mariner’s Church, Irvine, California

  • A Different College Experience is a doctrinally rich and incredibly practical book that you’ll want to ensure all of your students have read before they are launched to their college and university campuses. Loaded with a passion for the kingdom of God, the local church, and the students you’ve been investing in, Trueblood and Mills have put together a book that serves as an echoing voice to the hopes, dreams, desires, and hours of investment you’ve put in to your students since they entered your ministry. It’s a must-read.


    Jason Gaston, family ministries pastor, The Summit Church