Tag Archives: Church

Caring About a “Crisis of Mental Health” in College Students

A recent article in Psychology Today spotlights the state of many on our college campuses: college students are overwhelmed, anxious, and suffering from a wide spectrum of mental health issues. The statistics it cites are shocking:

“It is neither an exaggeration nor is it alarmist to claim that there is a mental health crisis today facing America’s college students. Evidence suggests that this group has greater levels of stress and psychopathology than any time in the nation’s history…

95% of college counseling center directors surveyed said the number of students with significant psychological problems is a growing concern in their center or on campus. Seventy percent of directors believe that the number of students with severe psychological problems on their campus has increased in the past year…

4 Ways to Make Sure College Students Don’t Call The Crossing Home

  1. Act like they’re an inconvenience when they are back for school. I know, the streets are busier and parking can be a nightmare, but shouldn’t we be glad that college students are investing in our town and church, even if it’s just for a few years? Isn’t it worth a bit of inconvenience to have them here and for them to get to experience a church community in Columbia?
  1. Ignore them when you see them around the church building or in your kids’ classroom on Sunday mornings. Instead, talk to them when you see them sitting next to you. Ask them questions, introduce yourself, help them to feel welcome in a huge church body that can at times makes them feel anonymous.

Where Do Our Desires/Ideas/Beliefs Come From?

Why do you think the way you do about a given issue? Why do you feel the way you do about a particular product? Where did you get the goals you have for your life? Where did you come up with that last project proposal?

My guess is that the answers to those kinds of questions are usually complex. But I can’t help but think that this video speaks to at least part of the equation—a part we rarely think much about. Take a look to see what I mean. (You’ll need to click on the YouTube logo at the bottom of the video.)


A Way You Can Be a Key Part of Your Church’s Mission

There’s a famous story told of five young college students visiting Charles Spurgeon’s London church to hear the famous “prince of preachers” give a message. Arriving early, they were greeted by a man who offered to show them around, particularly so they could see the church’s “heating plant,” despite the fact that it was a hot summer day.

Being polite, they followed the man to a door that he quietly opened. “This,” he told them, “is our heating plant.”

An Important Factor If You’re Thinking About Moving

Americans move all the time. Census data suggests that the average person will relocate approximately twelve times in his or her life, with about nine of those moves coming after the age of 18. And given our semi-itinerant tendencies, it makes sense to think through what makes the decision to move a wise one.

Many of the variables to consider are relatively obvious. How good of an opportunity is that new job? Can you afford the rent or mortgage in the new location? If you own a house, what will it take to sell it? If you’re a parent, what are the schools like where your family is going? If you’re a college student, what kind of education will you get at a prospective school? How far will you be from your family? And so on.

In my experience, however, one factor that often gets overlooked is the impact a move will have on your spiritual life. With that in mind, here are a few thoughts to keep in mind when you’re thinking about moving.