As I was preparing for my program a year ago, one of the questions I needed answered was "how will I grow in my faith at Disney?" As a Christian this is I question I try (though sometimes fail) to ask about every new situation I walk into. Here are some of the things I found helpful while I was at Disney.
Cru at WDW
Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) is a Christian ministry commonly found on college campuses. Cru headquarters is located in Orlando so they have a special group just for the DCP! I met my best friends through Cru. These are the friends that have done the best of continuing to stay in touch after we went our different ways. While I was there they offered many different events and activities to participate in. The main even is pizza night (with homemade pizza!) every Wednesday night. One of my favorite things was the bible studies which were held at a few different times during the week. I'd really love to lead a bible study during my next program. On Tuesdays we had Prayer & Pastries which was a fun event to pray and learn how to pray for the people around us. Another fun event was GO Day, we would go out and try to share the gospel and the love of Christ. Sometimes there were special women's and men's events too. Throughout the semester there were cool events like an epic Easter party and a beach trip! Most of all, the best part was all #crumunity. We would spontaneously go to the parks after prayer and pastries, watch movies until the wee hours of the morning after bible study, or go to Alehouse after church. To learn more about Cru at WDW like the Facebook page or join the Facebook group.
Mosaic is a church located in Orlando with four branch campuses, one of which is down the street from Disney Springs. Mosaic is a non-denominational church full of other cast members. It meets at 8:02pm every Sunday night. Mosaic partners with Cru at WDW and Give Kids the World Village. Discipleship is very important to them and so is evangelism. One of my favorite things they do is an event called Uncommon Love where we would go and hand out cards thanking WDW cast members. They also host pizza nights and other fellowship events as well. I highly recommend filling out the religious accommodation form and requesting to be off on Sunday nights so you can attend Mosaic! To learn more about Mosaic you can check out their website!
Due to my back and forth decision about accepting the program I didn't get time to pick my roommates for my program. For my next program I fully intend to pick all Christian roommates. My friends lived together (they extended from fall) and they got to host bible studies and entertain all the Cru kids all the time. I thought living with non-Christians would be an awesome opportunity to share the gospel but it ended up hurting my faith a lot. Not everyone is like this, most people aren't actually, but my roommates made it very uncomfortable for me to be a Christian and to even have a quiet time in my own apartment. You'll meet plenty of people you can share the gospel with at work, but you will need a safe place for you to grow in your faith. Your cup needs to be full in order to pour out the gospel to others. Plus, you can do all kinds of fun roommate things: my friend Bailey had Christian roommates and they all had plastic bags taped to the wall that they would fill with encouragements for one another!
These are some of the things I found useful during my program and intend on utilizing during my next program. However, these things might not work for you and there are lots of other cool ways to connect with other believers during your college program. Here are a few but I encourage you to do your own research too!
Whatever you decide to do look for a way to grow during your CP, it's not just a time to grow professionally but has the potential to lead you to a lot of spiritual growth. Make sure you're making time for prayer and the word and spending time learning from other believers and sharing the gospel with non-believers. Don't just survive and dig yourself into a spiritual pit, thrive! If you have more questions or suggestions feel free to comment below!