Campus ministries provide united front for students

Joanna Frye

Managing Editor

There are a variety of campus ministries at The W. These ministries seek to help students get connected with a body of believers, "so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another." (Romans 12:5)

These ministries are trying to be a united front. They want to serve the students on campus with opportunities to serve the community and share the love of Christ with students.

"I am the President of Baptist Student Union for the 2015-2016 year. During moving-in day, Wesley hands out sandwiches. BSU provided all the materials for those sandwiches. That is one way we connect with students to get involved. We also made little cups that had Wesley and BSU on each side. We also try and not conflict with Wesley or Chi Alpha," said Ashley Smith, senior, speech pathology major.

Chi Alpha is an organization affiliated with the 1st Assembly of God. 

"I am the Vice President of Chi Alpha. Our mission is to inform students about the love of God. We want to build a community of believers to share our lives with one another. We did the progressive lunch," said Steven McIntosh, junior, biology major. 

Progressive lunch is a day where all the campus ministries come together at the beginning of the fall semester and reach out to new students on campus.

"I would love to collaborate with other ministries on campus. I go tot Cross Culture. I know many people at Wesley, BSU and Cross Culture. I would love to organize an event for all of us," said McIntosh. 

Ukirk is a new campus ministry. They are a part of the Presbyterian U.S.A. denomination. They are about reaching, loving and teaching college students that they may be lifelong followers of Jesus Christ.

Cross Culture is a bible study oriented campus ministry. The Church of Christ provides lunches to the group on Thursdays.

"In the past, we have participated in praise night. That is where campus ministries come together in corporate worship."

"The biggest way that we are united with other Christians is through the diversity of our bible study. We have people involved with Wesley and Chi Alpha. We do our best to make sure that we don't interfere with other ministries on campus. There is no denominational basis. Our main goal is to disciple Christians and at any point we can reach out to non-Christians," said Thomas Dodson, adviser for Cross Culture bible study. 

Wesley's mission statement is committed to growing disciples and equipping them to go into the world for Jesus Christ.

"I am on the Wesley ministry team and lead worship. We are not competing with other organizations on campus. We are all about students who are interested in finding out why we love God and why we have faith in Jesus," said Cassidy DeGreen, a junior, interdisciplinary studies major. 

This fall provides many ministries that students can get involved in and grow in their relationship with Christ.