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ABOUT STARTING NOW
Successfully navigating life’s transitions requires, among other things, wisdom and confidence. That’s because transitions can be hard, and certainly the transition from high school to college is a big one. Where do students begin when it comes to handling such a huge life change? What do they do when their confidence falters? How do they handle the inevitable failures, disappointments, and freedom that comes with the beginning of adult life?
Enter Starting Now, by Crystal Chiang and Gerald Fadayomi. As established and experienced ministry leaders of high school students, they address all the elephants in the room—and then some—with insight and encouragement in this faith-based, interactive guide for students. Inside students will find…
- Six weeks of thought-provoking topics such as community, identity, faith, integrity, freedom, and service.
- Five devotions per week followed by a “starting now” activity that they will use as a plan-maker for their future or a reminder of what God says is true about them.
- Help choosing a team of mentors from among adults they already know. (Learn more at OnMyTeam.org.)
For anyone in a traditional college, technical college, job training, gap year, or otherwise-academic prep time, Starting Now offers practical ways to self-author and develop goals and standards for life as an emerging adult.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Crystal Chiang is the director of XP3 High School curriculum. Before joining the team at Orange, she spent 10 years as a high school Spanish teacher and student ministry leader, doing everything from small groups, to speaking, to curriculum design. She currently volunteers at her church as a leader of sophomore girls whose numbers are creating what might be deemed a not-so-small group. They keep her laughing, praying, and constantly on her toes. Crystal and her husband, Tom, live in Atlanta, Georgia, with their embarrassingly ill-tempered chihuahua, Javier.
Gerald Fadayomi is an Atlanta-based communicator and preacher with a passion for inspiring students to have an active faith. He’s spoken to students at churches, camps, and conferences across the country, including North Point Ministries, Passion City Church, Bigstuf Camps, and Orange Conference. The founder and president of the Stello Initiative, a non-profit that mobilizes college students to serve their communities, Gerald spent three years doing non-profit work for the YMCA of Metro Atlanta and four years as a student pastor at Browns Bridge Church. Gerald is married to Kiley and spends his free time cheering on Lebron James and browsing the SNKRS app.
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MORE GREAT RESOURCES
TO HELP STUDENTS TRANSITION TO WHAT’S NEXT
Monthly ideas, reminders, and resources to help you stay connected to a college student who’s enlisted you as a mentor.
A graduation Sunday event, with videos, event production guides, marketing materials, resources for parents and small groups, resources for senior pastors and youth pastors, and more.
BEFORE YOU GO
A guide for high school seniors and small groups on following Jesus and growing in their faith after high school. (Especially for students during their senior year.)
A guide to help parents in this new unfamiliar phase. They will discover how their emerging adult is changing, how their world is changing, and what they still need from their parents (besides more money).