So you work primarily with college seniors? No.
College grad and church networker? No.
Who joins Alumni Connect? No one.
We hear these questions a lot…
The confusion is understandable! In a world where there’s a community group for just about every age and interest, people naturally try to fit us into that category. So if you’re reading this and scratching your head, we get it!
We start building a relationship with soon-to-be graduates, but our focus is always on the next phase of their life—mentoring alumni as they go out into the world and begin their life in the workplace. This is not an additional Bible study or “young professionals” group. We focus exclusively on connecting individual alumni with mentors who will disciple them in their daily walk with God.
Our structure for Alumni Connect isn’t new. In fact, we pull from biblical models as we seek to grow mentor/alumni relationships.
- Moses mentored Joshua, which equipped him to lead Israel into the promised land.
- Jesus discipled just twelve men, which He used to build His church.
- Paul invested in Timothy, a young man pastoring a local church.
Our Focus: Alumni as they begin their careers
Our Call: One-on-one discipleship
Our Team: Volunteers committed to one-on-one mentoring
|… run our own ministry on campuses.||… initially meet college seniors through existing campus ministries|
|…replace campus ministry discipleship during senior year.||…always focus on life directly after college|
|…hire or employ mentors.||…recruit volunteers committed to discipleship|
|…have a membership or group approach to ministry.||… focus exclusively on 1:1 discipleship.|
|…connect alumni with other local alumni.||…encourage peer friendships, but our mentors are older Christians, empty nesters, and business people.|
|…connect alumni with alumni by alma mater or campus ministry.||…connect alumni with an independent local seasoned believer.|
|…have any type of membership or keep an online directory of mentors.||…personally introduce alumni to mentors in their new location.|
|… keep a database of local churches.||…encourage the alumni to ask their local mentor for guidance.|
|… provide a written curriculum or meeting schedule.||… believe everyday life provides content for discussion and maturity.|
|…hand-hold alumni through life’s difficulties and complexities.||… support alumni in integrating biblical truth and trusting God’s power to lead.|