How can your church celebrate graduates, and send them to campus as missionaries? We've got a few ideas:
- Have students bring their backpacks and place them at the altar prior to the worship service. Acknowledge that many students are heading to their campus as missionaries to help their classmates, teachers, administrator, and others encounter Jesus. Spend some time praying over the backpacks. You could even have the students come up and stand with their backpacks as you pray over them.
- Recognize students who are coming back from campus and/or graduating from college. Mention their names, their degrees, etc. Have a student or two share about what God did in and through them over the past semester and how the church could pray for them or support them to help more people encounter Jesus.
- Create care packages for students for when they return to campus. Provide a devotional, journal, roll of quarters for laundry, a bag of snacks, school supplies, etc. If they don't actually need the supplies, encourage them to give them to friends at school that may have a need.
- If you don't have students graduating or heading to school, post a map of campuses in Kentucky and take time to pray for them. Consider dividing up the campuses and praying over a few each week.
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