GOALS AND VALUES

What are our Goals?

Growth In Grace
Mere spiritual survival on campus (and beyond) should not be the goal of the Christian. Men and women who believe the good news should be growing -- but how? God provides the growing, but He works through means. RUF aims to help students understand and use the means of grace which God has provided for Christian growth. These include studying the Bible, developing a prayer life, and participating in worship, including the celebration of the sacraments in the context of the local church. Through these means (as well as others) we grow more deeply in the gospel.

Evangelism & Missions 
If we believe that we have news that is good, we don't horde it. We share it with others, near and far. Jesus called His followers to spread the gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of all nations. Our desire is to grow in our ability to thoughtfully and respectfully communicate the love and truth of Christ. This involves more than our words, but certainly not less.

Fellowship & Service
According to the Bible, the Christian is a brother or sister to every other Christian, as well as a neighbor to every human being everywhere. These realities must find expression in real, tangible acts of love and service to the people we encounter.

Biblical World & Life View
Christianity is a way of seeing all of life. The redemption that Jesus speaks of is not merely a redemption of individual souls. He speaks of the redemption of everything. Mondays through Saturdays are just as much a part of the Christian life as Sundays. We want to see all of life through the lens of Scripture and to honor Christ in everything. We seek to better understand our education, our relationships, our talents, and our futures by learning how the whole of God's truth relates to every area of life.

What are our Commitments?

A COMMITMENT TO . . .
In-Depth Bible Study

At RUF we believe in having fun, but also that the quality of our fun and relationships as a group will be better, more mature, and more fulfilling when our lives are being transformed by a real encounter with all of God's Word.

A COMMITMENT TO . . .
the Student's Vocation

The vocation of university student is just that - a university student. RUF takes this seriously and strives to equip students to be faithful and growing Christians who are conscientious in their studies. The campus is not reduced to a convenient pretext to do evangelism, but rather the place where God has providentially placed students to prepare for legitimate vocations after graduation. Far from being a hindrance to spirituality, academic study is a way to honor God.

A COMMITMENT TO . . .
Being Rather Than Just Doing

RUF ministries will have a variety of activities on the schedule, but we do not expect everyone to be involved in everything. We have no agenda to bury students in a crush of activities, something that often burns them out. Rather, we desire to help students become people who truly know and love God, and whose lives are profoundly affected because of it. This, rather than a flurry of activities, will make their life and witness more effective and authentic.

A COMMITMENT TO . . .
Challenge and Think

We believe in absolute truth, and we also believe the most helpful thing we can do for people is to help them learn to recognize and discover that truth themselves. We avoid giving a set of pat, canned answers. We encourage thoughtful questions and place a strong emphasis on critical thinking, learning how to interpret and understand the Bible properly, and then applying it to all of life today.

A COMMITMENT TO . . .
The Visible Church

RUF is not a substitute for a local church. We are the church going to the campus. Essential to our ministry is a commitment and accountability to the visible church. RUF is not only accountable to and under the guidance of the church, but it is concerned to see students integrated into the life of the local church. The church is where students will spend the rest of their Christian lives, not a campus fellowship. By encouraging student involvement in local churches, RUF situates students to continue their growth in grace long after RUF and college are over.