By JOURDAN HUNTER
LITHONIA, Ga. – Local church-based organization, Joshua Generation Campus Ministry, has plans to expand their local organization over the next five years to include chapters within Georgia universities, including Kennesaw State.
Based on its constitution, the purpose of the ministry is to equip college students with the drive to become leaders by preparing them to pursue and fulfill God’s purpose on their college campuses.
The leaders of Joshua Generation hope to increase support and membership through their future expansion plans. Their goal is to establish a chapter on every Georgia university campus and to have an affiliated student for each chapter.
Georgia State University was the first chapter to be established, with leaders planning to move on to Kennesaw State University next.
“Joshua Generation helps students by making sure they are doing well in all aspects,” said Joshua Generation director Holbert White.
Having provided guidance and support for struggling college students for 26 years, some of the group’s key values include accountability, communication and integrity.
Students receive support through church-based teachings
Located at Cross Culture Church in Lithonia, Joshua Generation was established by assistant pastor Gregg Johnson in 1990.
One of the main differences between Joshua Generation and other support groups is the fact that it’s church-based. All of the ministry’s themes and messages are backed by Godly advice and scriptures.
Other differences include the willingness of its leaders to come up with new ways to help students and the level of accountability kept in place there.
“Level of accountability refers to staff members making sure that students have something that is guiding them through both the easy and the difficult decisions that they have to face in life, as a college student, while on their respective campuses,” White said.
Joshua Generation members support one another
Joshua Generation helps its students in various aspects, including personal life, school, relationships, finances and spirituality. Kennesaw State University student, Angelina Allen, is a part of Joshua Generation and said she loves the ministry.
Angelina Allen (Submitted photo)
Allen said she loves the care and effort put forth by the staff members. When Allen is going through a hardship, she said she feels most comfortable talking to Holbert White’s wife, Nicole White. When they aren’t speaking over the phone, Nicole White and Allen update each other on current events after church on Sundays.
Allen said another benefit of being a part of the group is having a family who will always lift her up in prayer and being able to do the same for other students.
Support and messages come in many forms
Most outside communication is done through the social app, GroupMe, where students and staff post encouraging links and prayer requests.
“We always encourage each other,” Allen said. “We fellowship with one another and have good food and great conversations.”
Allen said she loves when staff members come to visit Kennesaw.
During the spring 2016 semester, Holbert and Nicole White made bi-weekly trips to Kennesaw State University to sit and talk with Joshua Generation students. The meetings involved food and message-guided games. The messages covered a variety of topics, including finances, romantic relationships, time management and career paths.
In addition to their expansion plans, the leaders of Joshua Generation want to host annual retreats, hold weekly bible studies via Skype and to, generally, become more prevalent on college campuses.
Local church ministry helps students deal with stress
KENNESAW, Ga. – Church-based organization, Joshua Generation Campus Ministry, assists college students seeking help for stress management.
Kennesaw State University psychologist, Dr. Josh Gunn, described stress as a normal human experience that everyone experiences differently.
Gunn said there is good stress that motives people to get things done and bad stress, which causes people to feel bad. Bad stress can cause lack of sleep, lack of motivation, over or under eating and irritability.
“Unfortunately, students stop doing exactly what will help them relieve stress when they start to feel stressed,” Gunn said.
One of Joshua Generation’s services to its students includes ways to learn how to relieve stress.
Gunn said different things can relieve stress, such as exercise, a balanced diet and good sleeping habits. Additionally, Gunn said social interaction with friends and support groups can also help with stress relief.
Joshua Generation is a Christian support group that caters to the needs of college-aged students. Joshua Generation director, Holbert White, said there are currently around 30 students that the group caters to.
Kennesaw State University student, Angelina Allen, is one of the 30 students benefiting from the group. Allen said she loves Joshua Generation because she feels it’s a safe place where she can always be herself.