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Students Want to Go Deeper

This weekend a student I mentor and serve with in our local church named Nathan and I drove to Cleveland, Tennessee to be at camp with 800 high school students from Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN. I spoke to the campers Sunday morning, but the thrill for me came Saturday night as I spoke to 110 students who sense a call to ministry. This is the group God has called me to serve, and this is why I teach at a seminary currently.

But it was meeting with the adult leaders that reminded me of one reason I remain hopeful about this generation. She talked to the other leaders about how her students knew Jesus, love Him, but want to go so much deeper. They hunger for more Scripture, more theology, a greater challenge. In particular they want more than a five minute a day devotional life. If you have students like that let me mention a couple of resources I have for you.

First, free on my website under ebooks I have a free ebook students can download called Pursuing God. It offers a 40 day plan to study the Scripture to understand the gospel more and to draw closer to Christ. Second, I also have a print book called Join the Movement: God Is Calling You to Change the World you can purchase via amazon. It shows students how God has used young people in history to make a great impact while young.

Another recent book I would encourage you to get for students is Ten Who Changed the World by my president Danny Akin. This examines scriptural themes, illustrated by the lives of great missionaries.

Most students are underchallenged. Let’s change that, one life at a time.

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Alvin L. Reid (born 1959) serves as Professor of Evangelism and Student Ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where he has been since 1995. He is also the founding Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism. Alvin and his wife Michelle have two children: Joshua, a senior at The College at Southeastern, and Hannah, a senior at Wake Forest Rolesville High School. Recently he became more focused at ministry in his local church by being named Young Professionals Director at Richland Creek Community Church. Alvin holds the M.Div and the Ph.D with a major in evangelism from Southwestern Seminary, and the B.A. from Samford University. He has spoken at a variety of conferences in almost every state and continent, and in over 2000 churches, colleges, conferences and events across the United States.