Unexpected snow began covering the muddy ground at Camp Spofford. It accumulated as students and campus ministers trickled in to the dimly lit sanctuary for the first worship gathering. Slowly the room filled and conversations filled the space.
Stepping out of the Johnson and Wales’ vans, our students arrived excited for Fusion. They anticipated an enjoyable weekend at the Cape with peers, forging new friendships across New England and being freshly encouraged that they are not alone in their faith. They entered the hotel and conference center with high expectations for Word-saturated teaching and fun times. Amid games in the lobby, mealtimes and World Series watching, students had their fill of living out relationships and learning how to invest in them.
She stopped by our table on UDay at the University of New Hampshire. She was curious about our sign that described the use of reason and philosophy to explore the Christian worldview. She shared that she grew up in church and had been very active in youth group. However, since she came to UNH she had grown cold to Christianity and doubted that it was any different from any other religion. Her story is not unique. According to Lifeway, 70% of Christian students walk away from church during their collegiate years. While a minority of them return, they often return jaded from their experience and with a shallow faith.