Jul 24, 2017


Episode 158: “Freshten” with Wes Smith at Summit

Reaching The Campus In The First Ten Days

On the Podcast today, Wes Smith joins us to talk about “Freshten.” How Summit Church reaches Freshman in the first 10 days. Wes will talk about the importance of the first ten days that freshman are on campus and how you can use the window to help share the Gospel.

Wes Smith// College Discipleship Pastor at Summit Raleigh Durham  //

Notable Points:

  • Freshten: For the first ten days they have a different event specifically for freshman.
    • Freshman are looking for friends and fun.
    • Some events are worship centered, some relaxed (smaller and more relational), and some more intense (bigger and more action)
      • When events are smaller they tend to be more student led.
  • Examples of events:
    • Dance party, campus tour, movie night, and puppies and popsicles
  • How do you help prepare students
    • Meet, invite, and share
      • Meet: connect with freshman and get their phone number
      • Invite: invite to all these events
      • Share: use the opportunity at events or meetup to share the Gospel
  • What’s the impact?
    • It can impact the amount of interns and students involved in summer programs.
      • It increases the number of leaders you have within your ministry.
    • If you reach a freshman you have four years to train them and they can have a big impact.

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about the author

Wes Smith

Wes is the college discipleship pastor at The Summit Church. He has been married to his wife, Molly, for 2 years and they love reaching college students and seeing them sent to the nations. Go Heels!

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