This “Shift >> Enter” video curriculum pilot episode helps prepare young adults who are heading off to college and university to have an enduring faith through this often challenging transition.
This collaborative project is designed by Tyndale University, Fellowship International, and Power to Change – Students. We are gathering feedback from a pilot episode and planning to develop a seven part series, covering various topics. It’s all designed to set students heading to post-secondary on a trajectory of following Jesus wholeheartedly for a lifetime.
We wanted to respond to the alarming trends of youth leaving the faith during key times of transition, such as starting post-secondary studies.
The recent Renegotiating Faith research reveals that only 25% of youth workers have a plan to help their graduating students transition. It also reveals the importance of mentorship. Mentors can call out the unique qualities of a student, and can also facilitate the introduction into a next Christian community, as students naturally age out of their previous youth-focused contexts. The study brought to light a real opportunity for us: Students are four times more likely to get connected into Christian community if someone helps make that connection.
A collective effort is needed to help students heading to college or university grow their Christian faith, rather than leave it behind.
Our hope is that this video-based curriculum will be a catalyst for practical discussions and meaningful mentorship relationships. Whether in small groups or one-on-one, a mentor can use the elements in each episode as a starting point to build a bigger plan, or to introduce a mentorship program.
Let’s step in the gap together. Let’s help Gen Z grow and establish their faith so they can join us in building a flourishing church around the world!
Check It Out: Use this pilot episode to help facilitate your own small group or one-on-one mentoring discussion.
The episode is made up of five sections: an introduction, student story, scripture study, mentorship story, and a conclusion. You can show the entire episode with pauses for discussion, or only the sections you find most helpful, adding your own discussions in between. We hope you can make use of this video in whatever way works for you!
Give Feedback: We would love to hear how you and your student(s) felt about this first episode on “Community.”
Spread The Word: If you know anyone who would be interested in contributing to this project through offering feedback, expertise, or funding, contact our project leaders.