Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is RUF?
RUF is the official campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America. For more than 25 years RUF campus ministers have been reaching students for Christ and equipping students to serve. Though receiving oversight from the PCA, RUF chapters are non-denominational in terms of their fellowship. Students from all denominations are welcome. For more information, look under the About heading.
2. What does "Reformed" mean?
In the simplest terms, the word "Reformed" simply refers to the theology and confessions that arose out of the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century. Therefore, RUF's theology is in full agreement with orthodox Protestantism.
3. Is RUF a Bible study only for Christians?
Absolutely not. RUF is open to all who are looking to consider the truth claims of Jesus Christ.
4. What does RUF do?
RUF's ministry is composed of at least five different kinds of activities.
1. RUF Large Group is our "shop front" activity and usually the easiest way for students to plug into the ministry. The evening consists of a time of singing and worship ending with a message from Scripture, all in a non-threatening atmosphere. This is usually the place where your student can find out what all is going on within the ministry of RUF.
2. In any given semester, students participate in small group Bible studies over all kinds of topics. These small group studies are very informal in design and give students the chance to look deeper into a topic as well as make a few friends in the process. To see the small groups that are being offered this semester, click here.
3. RUF's commitment to reaching and equipping students means that one on one meetings with students is a vital part of our ministry. This time is usually spent getting to know each other personally, investing in ongoing discipleship, dealing with personal issues with which the student struggles, and addressing any crisis counseling that might arise during the students time at school.
4. At least a few times during the year RUF is committed to getting out of town and gathering with other Christians for student conferences including Fall Conference in October, Winter Conference in February, and Summer Conference in mid-May.
5. If you read all of the above, you might think we're serious all the time. Not true. We try to have times throughout the semester when we hang out, go out to eat, watch movies, grill out, play games, take road trips, etc. This is a part of college - making friends, talking, and enjoying each other.
5. Can you contact my student?
RUF is a ministry of the Church. We are more than happy to contact your student and give them a personal invitation to RUF. One small request that we make of you in this area is that you not ask us to contact your student if you are not willing for us to tell them that YOU asked us to call them. We have found over the years that the anonymous "cold call" can be counter productive.
6. But what if my student doesn't like RUF?
RUF is not so self-centered that we assume that this ministry is for everyone. Therefore, we are more than happy to suggest that your student contact any of the other evangelical ministries on campus to see if perhaps they can be a help to your student in a way that we can not. And if they need any help connecting to any of the other ministries, we would be more than happy to help in any way we could.
7. I would like to give financially to the ministry of RUF. How do I do that?