Last fall, Grace Anderson launched NEXT—a ministry designed to engage college students in a way that tethers them to the local church and grows them as followers of Christ during a pivotal season of life. It has been exciting to see how this ministry has grown over its first full year.
Students from Anderson University, Clemson University, and a few other schools have come together for teaching and equipping events, as well as worship nights and times of fellowship. Each student who becomes part of NEXT gets placed into a group, and we currently have three groups of 14-16 students each. Groups are led by leaders who are in the next season of life and ready to pour into these college students.
One team of leaders had this to say about their experience:
Leading a NEXT group has been such a blessing and encouragement. In the first year of our group, we have witnessed students open up to true biblical community, become faithful serving members in the local body, and learn to study the Bible. The students who meet in our home every Tuesday have become our family!
As this school year has wrapped up, it’s been a blessing to see how God has grown this community of college students, both individually and corporately. Many have attended Discovery and are serving, and many are also moving towards membership. Please pray with us for this next generation of leaders in our churches and communities. If you want to learn more about NEXT or get involved, please email Dillon Carpenter at [email protected].