Why have Campus Faith Clubs?
Campus Faith Clubs (CFC) was birthed out of the reality that the majority of young people fall away from faith in middle school and high school as they go off to college. The numbers are staggering. 8 of 10 kids will either stop attending church or disavow their faith altogether. The worst part is this happens at exactly the most inopportune time. They are growing up, life is changing and they are making life long decisions.
Think about it. They’re the ones making the decisions now, not their parents. They choose friends, who they are going to hang out with on Friday and Saturday night, where they are going to school or to college and what they are going to do as a career for the rest of their lives. These are decisions with far-reaching implications. And finally, arguably the most important decision of all, they decide who they are going to spend their life with and raise kids with.
But sadly, this happens through a secular lens and not a faith-based lens.
Imagine for a moment if your church lost 80% of its membership. You’d have “Defcon” 1, wouldn’t you? Every stone would be turned over to try to solve the problem. Every resource would be brought to bear. People wouldn’t stand for it. So, why is this acceptable for our youth? Where’s the sense of urgency to find a remedy? Where’s the outrage?
Enter Campus Faith Clubs!
As a society, we have done a reasonably good job of teaching our children the tenets of faith, but what we haven’t done a very good job with is how to live that faith and to understand how it integrates with everyday life and decision making.
With CFC, this is changing. Youth now have a vehicle that promotes faith in everyday living. They learn to normalize their faith. Students no longer have to take off their faith cap on Monday morning to put their school cap on. Instead, they can wear the faith cap 24/7 and see faith as a source of strength, an asset, and not something to be hidden or ashamed of.
School administrators also support CFC because one of the best outcomes of faith clubs is a more caring and compassionate student body. It raises the water level of kindness for everyone, regardless of faith or creed. With student loneliness, bullying and other social issues as on-going problems, kindness is always a valuable commodity.