Faith on Campus

By: Aaron Oberlin

TAMPA— No matter the religion, leaders of faith deal with many different people and issues, especially those on a college campus.
According to Rahul Agarwal, a pastor and director at Christian Challenge at the University of South Florida, normally a congregation is grouped with children to senior citizen. It is a more formal setting.
“When I speak to college students, I am much more passionate, because I know they want this. They want to learn.” Argawal says.
Working with one age group allows speakers to tailor a message to that age group, says Argawal. He can focus on their specific needs.
Bishop Dabney T. Smith of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida agrees. “Working with college students is a unique situation. … Students deal more with sex and student debt.”
Even though students have different issues, there are similarities they have with all age groups – “who am I? Where am I going? What is God’s will for me?”


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