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Chuck Bomar planted and is Lead Pastor of Colossae Church in Portland, Oregon and is founder of both CollegeLeader (www.CollegeLeader.org) and iampeople (www.iampeople.org). He is author of 8 books, including the highly anticipated releases of Better Off Without Jesus and Losing Your Religion. When he is not traveling the country speaking at conferences or consulting with church or denominational leaders, he is home with his family, the place he loves to be more than any other. Chuck and his wife, Barbara, have three beautiful daughters: Karis, Hope and Sayla.

Screen Shot 2014-01-15 at 11.39.21 AMIn just a few months, there will be a bunch of college students graduating and entering what they’ve learned to be “the real world.” As leaders in the Church, we have a responsibility here. We have a role to play in helping our students live out the things they understand spiritually in the marketplace.

Here are 3 conversation topics I think we should be addressing with these individuals:

  1. Work ethic speaks.  The things we do or say will speak of something or somebody. The bottom line is our words and actions are telling of many things. That to say, over time, we give a testimony of something. Colossians 3:17 says that everything we do or say is to speak of Jesus. They will want to make sure they are heard in their workplace, but they really should be more focused on their actions of hard work and loyalty speaking for them…and speaking of the character of Jesus.
  2. Humility is critical.  The bottom line is employers are often frustrated with the arrogance of college grads. Yes, they have a lot to offer a company, but they will need to earn the right to be heard through their hard work.  They should only expect to have a voice after they have listened and followed directions for an extended amount of time. Humility will speak louder than arrogant entitlement.
  3. Christian community still matters.  Our role is to help them remain engaged in Christian community. This community will look different for them in this next phase of life, but it’s just as important – if not more. They will need your help engaging with other who are also seeking to live out their Christian identity in the marketplace. How you will help them do this is a VITAL conversation to have.

Thanks for loving college students,

Chuck

@chuckbomar

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