The vision of Campus Ministries is to influence students to grow closer to Jesus, connect deeper in biblical community, and serve Him selflessly.
Students, faculty and staff meet weekly on Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. for our chapel services. We meet each week in Manley Chapel. The purpose of chapel is for the entire campus community to join together in a time of worship and to set our hearts and focus on Christ.
REFINE is a corporate worship environment for college students where students can ENCOUNTER God, ENGAGE in authentic worship, and be EQUIPPED to serve him selflessly. REFINE happens every Tuesday night at 8pm. Typically REFINE is in the Old Chapel, but at times it will happen at different locations. Any change will be communicated via Instagram and Facebook.
Make plans to join us this semester as we work through the book of Galatians and focus on Finding Freedom, which is this semester’s theme.
LifeGroups are small groups of 15-20 first-time WBU students that meet at the beginning of the fall semester. These groups are a great way to get connected with life at WBU and an opportunity to meet new friends. The groups are led by upper classmen with a heart for facilitating connections among New Students. These LifeGroup leaders are also available as peer-mentors for each LifeGroup member for the duration of the Fall semester. The program will provide support to ensure that first-time students excel in their academics, personal growth, and interpersonal relationships in conjunction with the college’s core values and missions.
Living Room Events are fun events like retreats, cookouts, and Flight Night where students can connect with other students and influence them in the gospel.
Connect groups are weekly student-led groups, that meet at convenient times in a central location. Though meeting at different times and different locations the structure is the same: 30 minute Bible discussions, 30-minute character discussion, and 15-30 minute prayer.
One key component of the mission of Campus Ministries here at Williams Baptist University is “Serve”. We want our students to serve in the local church, but we also want them to serve others around the world. We facilitate this by taking two mission trips each year. We will take a domestic spring break mission trip and an international trip in early summer. Every other year we will take a longer international trip. We also have multiple opportunities for students to serve longer-term trips in the summer.
One of our favorite partnerships in the summer is with Nehemiah Teams. In just 52 days, Nehemiah led his people to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, restore a nation, and revive a people. It was a short-term project that had eternal results. In the same way, Nehemiah Teams are leading the next generation to reach every nation… standing in the gap between the un-reached and hard to reach. Nehemiah Teams offer short-term full-summer mission projects that have eternal results (focused in SE Asia). Another project of Nehemiah Teams is Project 52, which strategically sends college-age people to the un-reached in North America. Read more at http://nehemiahteams.blogspot.com/.
For more information visit the Campus Ministries office in the Mabee Student Center. For other information on summer missions opportunities within the United States visit the student page of the North American Mission Board and for international mission opportunities visit the collegiate page of the International Mission Board or IMB One LIfe.
Praying for Missions
WBU has committed to pray for unengaged/unreached people groups. An unreached people group is a people group in which less than 2 percent of the population are Evangelical Christians. WBU Campus Ministries has adopted the people groups of the Khmer and Vietnamese in Cambodia. We are praying for the Gospel to impact these groups specifically. Maybe some day a WBU student will be the one sharing the Gospel with these groups.
If you would like to join us in our prayer commitment, stop by the Campus Ministries office and pick-up a prayer guide or more information about a specific people group or visit the IMB Prayer page for more ways to pray! Other resources: The Joshua Project and PeopleGroups.org.