On Campus Ministry Opportunities

AMERICA READS

America Reads is a program that uses Federal Work Study money to put undergraduate students in local elementary schools to tutor students in reading.  Biola assigns several students to nine local elementary schools each semester to tutor, and students eligible to be paid with FWS money must apply to participate in the program through the Center for Career Development.  Elementary students who receive tutoring are usually not meeting reading standards for their grade levels and many are from low-income families in the Whittier, Norwalk, La Mirada and La Habra areas. 

Contact:
Sally Barron, Center for Career Development
sally.barron@biola.edu

APOLOGIA MINISTRY

The purpose is of the Apologia Ministry is to help students to think Christianly. This movement helps train and prepare undergraduate students to deepen their faith, grow in the knowledge of the Truth and integrate critical Christian thought into every aspect of their lives.  Several apologetics student luncheons and fireside chats were held during the 2010-2011 school year to discuss current controversial issues and events in light of a biblical worldview.  Topics included:  Is The Genesis 1 Creation Account Compatible with the Big Bang Theory?, Why Does God Hide?, Zeitgeist: Was Jesus Just Another Myth? and Why does God Allow Evil?

Contact:
Department of Spiritual Life
(562) 903-4754

B.E.A.T. (BIOLA ETHNIC ADVANCEMENT TEAM)

The B.E.A.T. is composed of students from ethnically diverse backgrounds who participate in either the worship, testimony or dance team ministries. B.E.A.T. is a volunteer program established to provide Biola students an opportunity to remain connected and serve in the community.  The mission of B.E.A.T. is to encourage youth to continue on to higher education, consider Christian higher education and encourage them in diverse communities through their faith. They minister in countless local church services and community activities. The B.E.A.T. team usually goes to churches that range from 100 to hundreds of people, depending on the church size. In addition, the B.E.A.T.’s presentation tends to be during the main worship services on Sundays or during youth services on Fridays or Sundays.

Contact:
The Office Of Undergraduate Admissions,
Department of Multiethnic Outreach
multiethnic.outreach@biola.edu
(562) 903-4752

BIOLA BUDDIES

Best Buddies matches Biola students with people who have intellectual disabilities. Students connect with their buddy every week either by phone or going out. Each month an activity, such as bowling or a movie, is planned for the whole team and their buddies to connect.

Contact:
Department of Spiritual Life
(562) 903-4754

BIOLA YOUTH MINISTRY OUTREACH         

Biola Youth Ministry Outreach exists to sharpen, deepen and broaden the reach of local church youth ministries by providing support and resources through worship bands, conferences, networking, and ministry outreach. Biola Youth partners with churches to maximize the effectiveness and reach of local youth ministries, helping teens find and grow in authentic Christian faith. The ministry offers the experience, support and resources of Biola University to the local church, community, teens and families.

Contact:
Biola Youth Theatre
(562) 906-4574 (phone)
(562) 906-4586 (fax)

BROWN BAG MINISTRY

The brown bag ministry builds relationships with the homeless population of Long Beach, Calif. by distributing sack lunches and fostering connections with people. Students donate meals each week to provide food for the lunches. In addition to their weekly homeless ministry, the students host banquets for the homeless twice a semester that include a time of testimony, sharing of the Gospel and distribution of a goody bag with toiletries and a pair of socks.

Contact:
Department of Spiritual Life
(562) 903-4754

CALIFORNIA SCHOOL PROJECT (CSP)

The California School Project impacts high school campuses for Christ.  The ministry is designed to help put God, the Bible and prayer back into the public school system. Each Biola student acts as both a mentor to Christians interested in impacting their local high schools as well as a coach helping to mobilize Christian clubs on campus.  Biola students also lead evangelistic focused missions trips to impact high schools in their hometowns across the U.S.

Contact:
Department of Spiritual Life
(562) 903-4754

CAMPUS CRUSADE

Many Biola students work with Campus Crusade, an international, interdenominational, parachurch ministry to college students. In southern California, Campus Crusade pursues evangelism at traditional four-year campuses and is beginning to reach out to commuter/junior college campuses. Students plug into ministry at various campuses in training, relationship building, evangelism and discipleship.

Contact:
Department of Spiritual Life
(562) 903-4754
Website 

EVANGELICAL AND MORMON INTERACTIONS (EMI)

EMI empowers Biola students to share the truth and love of Jesus Christ to the Mormons. Students go to Utah during interterm and Easter break to work with Christian churches and different organizations and to dialogue with Mormons. EMI also includes a local ministry to Mormons in the surrounding LA area.

Contact:
Department of Spiritual Life
(562) 903-4754

HONDURAS WATER PROJECT

The water project extends Christ’s love through service to the people of Honduras. The team brings awareness and raises support to help provide materials to bring water to a rural village in Honduras.  Students dig trenches for the pipes, lead various men and women ministries and hold evangelistic services at night.

Contact:
Department of Spiritual Life
(562) 903-4754

HOUSE OF WORSHIP

High school and junior high students come together for an interactive time of worship and prayer aimed at helping youth connect with God and each other. This event, offered each spring and fall semester, is open to individuals and youth groups.

Contact:
Ministry Outreach
(562) 777-4056 (phone)
(562) 906-4586 (fax)
Website

IGNITEAMS

Igniteams is a training event held every fall for junior high and high school ministry teams. It is a day designed to encourage and mobilize student ministry teams to begin their school year of ministry well.

Contact:
Ministry Outreach
562-777-4056 (phone)
562-906-4586 (fax)
Website

 

MUSLIM MINISTRY

The Muslim ministry educates students to effectively share Christ with Muslims. Students have opportunities to learn more about Muslims and interact with the Muslim community through visiting local Muslim restaurants, the Islamic Institute of Orange County and local Mosques.

Contact:
Department of Spiritual Life
(562) 903-4754

POETRY LOUNGE

Occurring once each semester, the poetry lounge is dedicated to students and guests from the community who are poets and lyrical artists. The audience partakes in creative forms of expression such as spoken word.

Contact:
Multi-Ethnic Programs Department
Glen Kinoshita, Director, x5832
multiethnicprograms@biola.edu
(562) 906-4567 (fax)
Website

RECONCILIATION CHAPELS

Reconciliation chapels provide the Biola community with a diverse worship experience in the midst of a diverse group of believers. Chapels seek to enhance the process of Christian racial reconciliation through celebration of different styles of music in worship and through education about diversity in the body of Christ.

Contact:
Multi-Ethnic Programs Department
Glen Kinoshita, Director, x5832
multiethnicprograms@biola.edu
(562) 906-4567 (fax)
Website

REVIVE MINISTRIES

Revive ministry equips the Biola community to provide spiritual care through prayer to those who are in need. Based on prayer, fasting and discipleship, a covenant community continues to develop, centered on a corporate burden to pray for a culture of prayer and revival at Biola.  Students gather twice a week to call upon the Lord and pray in a spirit of repentance for revival. 

Contact:
Department of Spiritual Life
(562) 903-4754

RWANDA

Once in the fall semester, a group of nursing students travel to Rwanda to work in the local community and in the hospital, providing basic health care and education. 
 
Contact: 
Glenn Styffe, Associate Professor of Nursing
glenn.styffe@biola.edu
 

S.A.Y. Yes!

S.A.Y. Yes! partners with an after school program in the inner city. The program serves four days a week on Skid Row in partnership with the Central City Community Outreach in Los Angeles.  The ministry focuses on tutoring and enhancing the spiritual and emotional health of the children and youth in the Skid Row area.  Twice a year the children and youth from S.A.Y. Yes! come to Biola to participate in the Halloween Candyland event (fall semester) and a sleepover/summer camp fundraising event (spring semester).

Contact:
Department of Spiritual Life
(562) 903-4754

SOLA SOUL

At this energetic event during the fall semester, Sola Soul seeks to celebrate unity and diversity through artistic medium and various elements of Hip-Hop such as B-Boys, Graffiti, Spoken Word and D.J.’s. Guest artists from the community, share their creative art forms through which they seek to glorify God and evangelize.

Contact:
Multi-Ethnic Programs Department
Glen Kinoshita, Director, x5832
multiethnicprograms@biola.edu
(562) 906-4567 (fax)
Website

SOCIAL JUSTICE MINISTRY

The social justice ministry promotes justice around the world by presenting a biblical view of God’s justice to the Biola community and taking action to partner in God’s purpose for freeing victims of oppression. The ministry brings awareness to the students on campus through events and has three specific emphases including human trafficking, women’s care, and orphan care.

Contact:
Barbara Miller, Director of Spiritual Life
spiritual.life@biola.edu

STUDENT CONGRESS ON RACIAL RECONCILIATION [SCORR]

SCORR is an annual two-day conference held in February that gathers attendees from across the west to discuss the needs of students and professionals from culturally diverse backgrounds on the Christian college campus. The 2011 SCORR Conference marked its 15th year in existence. Christian colleges and universities from all over the nation have attended the conference, including Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Seattle Pacific University, and George Fox University in Oregon.

Contact:
Multi-Ethnic Programs Department
Glen Kinoshita, Director, x5832
multiethnicprograms@biola.edu
(562) 906-4567 (fax)
Website

SPIRITUAL LIFE

Spiritual life invites students into various paths and opportunities that call them to grow as disciples of Christ and advance His Kingdom purposes. The aim is for students to learn to live in light of the cross and the power of the resurrection. Spiritual Life wants to see students grow into fully yielded servants of Christ who believe God in all things and experience Christ's transformation in their hearts.

Contact:
Department of Spiritual Life
(562) 903-4754

TIJUANA MINISTRY

Tijuana ministry regularly works with Children of Promise International, an orphanage in Mexico. Students travel on various Saturdays to Tijuana and minister to children who are rescued from their living environments of prostitution and drug activity. The students share Bible stories and lead activities for the youth as well as service projects such as fixing bikes or painting rooms.

Contact:
Department of Spiritual Life
(562) 903-4754

TORREY MUSIC CLUB

The Torrey music club is a student-run program that allows students in Torrey to practice and hone their musical talents. At the end of the year, the club puts on a musical performance open to Biola and the surrounding community.

Contact:
Torrey Honors 
(562) 906-4555

UBUNTU

Ubuntu is two day diversity workshop for students, staff, faculty, administration and alumni that consists of using interactive media and discussion to build community, facilitate individual and communal ethnic identity development and promote racial reconciliation within the body at Biola.

Contact:
Multi-Ethnic Programs Department
Glen Kinoshita, Director, x5832
multiethnicprograms@biola.edu
(562) 906-4567 (fax)
Website

URBAN PLUNGE

Urban Plunge is an entirely student-run program in Torrey. It introduces Torrey students to inner city L.A. and Biola’s history in L.A. Urban Plunge partners with the Union Rescue Mission in Downtown L.A. and students are able to hear testimonies from people who have experienced homelessness. Students often serve breakfast at the Union Rescue Mission on the trip.

Contact:
Torrey Honors 
(562) 906-4555

YOUNGLIFE

Young Life is a Christian outreach organization for adolescents. There are many different branches: high school, middle school, special needs, and teen moms. Young Life reaches kids through relationships, stepping into the lives of students, and loving them right where they are at.

Contact:

Young Life Tustin (high school, middle school, & special needs)

Jonathan Guerra

ylguerra@hotmail.com

505.720.9324

 

Young Life South Central Los Angeles (high school, middle school, & teen moms)

Kyle Cummins

YoungLifeSouthCentralLA@gmail.<wbr/>com

323-448-7474

 

 

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