You walk in and immediately receive a greeting and a nametag. You socialize with new and old friends. Strangers give you high-fives. You wait patiently until it is time to enter.

It's 9 p.m.

The doors open swiftly across the long hallway and students scurry inside to find the best seat.

The stop-clock on two huge projection screens begins to count down. Two minutes. One minute. Ten seconds. Five, four, three, two and one.

Music begins to fill the room. The band begins to play and the lead singer yells out, "Good evenin' everybody; get up on your feet and let's begin our worship!"

Welcome to The Walk.

The Walk is a college and young adult worship gathering at Sevier Heights Baptist Church on Wednesday nights. However, these services aren't your average Sunday worship.

"More than anything, we want to change the way college students view church," said Tim Miller, teaching pastor at Sevier Heights. "College students deal with a lot. Pressure is coming from all sides and sometimes you just need someone to step in and say, 'you know what, you can do it'."

The Walk creates a multiple-week series of talks specifically molded to what college students face in their everyday lives.

"The church is so welcoming, and they really take into consideration what we want to hear," said Chelsie Foltz, senior in nursing. "Tim often tweets or posts on Facebook asking students what they're struggling with or want to know and that's how he shapes a lot of his series."

Foltz has attended The Walk through all of her four years of college. She first attended in 2010 when The Walk's worship was held in the amphitheater in World's Fair Park. In its current location at Sevier Heights Baptist, The Walk takes in more than 1,000 students each week.

"The Walk's environment is still far from ordinary in comparison to it being at the amphitheater," Foltz said. "Even when it moved to the church, I still felt connected to everyone around me because many of them were facing the same issues and problems I was dealing with."

For Miller, it is crucial that students grasp their ability to create change.

"It is important for people to know that this generation can impact the world more so than any generation before them," Miller said. "The Walk would just like to equip students to jump-in now."

The Walk began as a way to convey the purpose and personality of Jesus Christ in a way students could apply to daily life.

"The Walk has taught me so many things like how to serve over sitting, how not to sacrifice obedience for the sake of convenience and completely changed my view on church," Foltz said. "These are just some of the topics discussed during Tim's series that really made an impact in my life and those around me.

"He takes the time to show you how to implement these into your every day life rather than just teaching."

The hour is winding to an end. The room is silent, all heads bowed, and the final prayer is said.


Once again, the doors are swiftly opened and students scurry into the hallway for a late night snack provided by The Walk.

Students laugh and smile, leaving with what Foltz believes will prove a new, valuable perspective.

"The people here make everyone feel loved," Foltz said, "and that's an awesome feeling for any of us to have."