College Students

We love encouraging and welcoming college students from around the New River Valley. Virginia Tech, Radford University and New River Valley Community College are all represented.


Our goal is that every student in the college ministry is an active part of the church body and is equipped to be the church, understanding what that means, both now and post-graduation.
At the core, the college ministry is about integrating students into the church body
-For their growth and sanctification (discipleship, mentoring by older believers)
-For the building up of the church body (can offer time, energy, enthusiasm)
-For their future involvement in their local churches
-For their establishment as ambassadors for Christ in their individual spheres of
Home Away From Home is an initiative in which Northstar members invite college students into their homes to share a meal, wisdom, and a laugh or two. What this looks like practically is completely up to the families & students. In the past, families have opened up their homes to students to study, play with their kids, and to have some impromptu discipleship, in addition to the typical monthly meal. The heart of Home Away From Home is for us as the church to invite students into our lives, to encourage them, to share life with them, and ultimately to point them towards Christ by our love and hospitality. There is no curriculum, this isn't something that is necessarily structured like the Discipleship and Small Group initiatives, this is simply doing life together. Our heart for this initiative is expressed in Paul's words to the Thessalonian church "We cared so much for you that we were pleased to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us" (1 Thess. 2:8)
Here are some key dates and details:
-Members and students can sign up HERE
-Home Away From Home will launch in the spring semester. There will be a launch dinner on January 29th, where students will be assigned to families

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Our mission is to help college students discover an intimate relationship with Jesus and grow in their faith with Him and service to others.

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