What Does Our Turn Mean For Us?: A College Student FAQ

As Brady has mentioned over the past couple of weeks, we truly believe that for us to accomplish our goals as a church, it’s going to take everybody contributing, including our college students. We’re going to need sacrifice from our entire congregation (college students included) to help us seek the welfare of the cityin the years to come.
Below are some questions we’ve been receiving from our students and Life Group leaders over the past couple of weeks. If you’ve got a question that you don’t see an answer to here, email me at jgreen@harriscreek.org and ask away!
Q: What does this campaign mean for college students?
A: Harris Creek has enjoyed the ability to invest in the lives of thousands of college students over the last five years. A key part of our spiritual development is learning to live generous lives and sacrifice for the sake of the Kingdom of God. Although college students are notorious for living on tight budgets, this is the best time of your life to learn how to develop a Kingdom-minded approach to budgeting and managing your finances. With that being said, we are asking our college students to do two things: (1) We are asking our college Life Groups to commit to taking the 50 spots on the bottom of our giving matrix off the board through personal giving, and (2) We are also asking our college students to get their parents to commit to giving generously to this initiative, as well.

We’re asking all of our college students to commit to cutting out some kind of excess from their typical week. Maybe this is a few cups of coffee. Maybe it’s a meal or two out that you eat at home instead. Whatever it is that you decide to cut out, we’re asking that you take that dollar amount and commit to giving it to the Our Turn campaign. We think this is the minimum that everyone can contribute. While it may seem like a small step, with hundreds of college students participating that amount will add up quickly and make a significant dent in the $2.9 million we need to raise. Some of you have the capacity to do more, and we encourage you to pray through that! If you’re like me and don’t carry cash, the easiest way for you to contribute may be by using our Text-To-Give option. Text the word “GIVE” TO 254-232-1664 and follow the options that it gives you!

Q: I’m a senior. I’ve been at Harris Creek for a couple of years now and I’ve loved it, but I’m about to be gone. I feel like Our Turn doesn’t really apply to me because I’m about to leave anyway, so why get involved when I’m about to be gone?
A: We believe it’s important to learn how to steward the resources God has given us now so that we’ll be faithful with those resources in the future, as well. If you’re a senior, we want you to develop a generous heart now so that that will continue 5, 10, and 50 years from now. We also think it’s important to invest in the generation coming behind you.
While you may never sit in the new sanctuary or be a part of the London Training Institute yourself, there are generations of college students coming behind you on the same journey you’ve been on for the past four years. If Harris Creek has had an impact on you over the past few years, then we want you to see the value in contributing to Our Turn so that we can continue to minister to college students effectively in the years to come. Think about the new business school on campus: Paul Foster isn’t ever going to take a class in that building. However, he wanted students coming in to have a quality experience and to benefit from it. In the same way, we hope students coming behind you will continue to learn and be shaped through the legacy you’re leaving at Harris Creek.
Q: I’m a freshman and I’ve only been here for a few weeks. I like Harris Creek, but I’m still trying to figure out if this is where God’s calling to me to be for the next few years. What should I do?
A: We understand that it takes some time to figure out which church in Waco you’re going to call home and we want to be respectful of that process. Some of you have only been at Harris Creek for a couple of weeks now, so this is a lot to sort through all at once without some of the back story that a lot of our other students have.
If you’re still not sure Harris Creek is where you’re supposed to be, you should sort through that first and foremost. That said, some of you may be confident this is where you’re supposed to be. If our mission to seek the welfare of the city resonates with you and you feel as if Harris Creek is going to be your home-away-from-home for the next few years, then we ask you to commit just like we would any of our other students!

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