About

Campuses

BGSU & OSU

We are currently located on two different campuses in the state of Ohio:  Bowling Green State University and Ohio State University.

 

   
History

  • 35 YEARS OF  MINISTRY: Campus Outreach (CO) had its beginning in 1978 in Birmingham, AL at Briarwood Presbyterian Church. The ministry began with one full time staff person who was a recent graduate from Samford University.
  • 94 CAMPUSES: Within a couple of years, CO began to expand to new campuses. Strong connections in each community and good relationships with local churches and campus administrations provided fertile ground for continued growth. By 1988, CO had expanded to 9 campuses with full time staff around the state of Alabama and into Georgia.  Now CO is on ninety-four campuses.
  • 26 REGIONS: In 1989 the ministry continued to expand into the Georgia region through the leadership of First Presbyterian Church in Augusta, GA. CO has franchised to twenty-seven different regions.
  • 16 STATES: Campus Outreach has it’s roots in the South East but now has franchises from San Diego to Washington D.C. and Minneapolis to Daytona Beach.
  • 5 CONTINENTS: In 1989 some opportunities to expand into Cross Cultural environments became a reality. Campus Outreach staff moved to Bangkok, Thailand and began ministering to Thai college and university students. Now International Ministries exist on five different continents.

 

Tim Kirk, head pastor of Christ Community Church in Carmel, IN, explains the recent Campus Outreach expansion to Columbus, Ohio.

 

Distinctives

  • COMMITMENT TO STRATEGIC CAMPUSES: Campus Outreach Columbus is committed to building ministries on strategic college campuses.  We generally look for campuses with strategic locations and resources.
  • RELATIONSHIP TO THE CHURCH: Campus Outreach Columbus is under the supervision and authority of Northwest Presbyterian Church of Dublin, Ohio, yet maintains an interdenominational profile on the campus. NPC is committed to reaching college students locally and also to join hands with the broader evangelical community to reach students in this geographic region. This unique relationship with the church gives Campus Outreach Columbus the freedom to minister to all students directly and to wholeheartedly support and work together with churches that are committed to the essentials of the faith.
  • METHOD OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT: God’s work is done as many join in partnership to accomplish the task.  A portion of the Campus Outreach budget is given by Northwest Presbyterian Church to cover administrative expenses.  The staff raise financial support from individuals, local churches, alumni and businesses for their salary, ministry expenses, taxes, insurance, and transportation costs. For more information, visit our Giving page.

 

For Parents

A NOTE FOR PARENTS: We understand as parents, it is difficult enough to send your child off to school much less entrust a collegiate ministry with their spiritual well-being. It is our desire that you be informed and feel comfortable with your child’s involvement in Campus Outreach and its activities.

  • We encourage you to explore our website. Here you will find out who and what Campus Outreach is, what we believe, our values, and so much more.
  • Secondly, we want you to ask any questions you may have. We can also connect you with other parents who have had children involved with Campus Outreach programs. There are many parents eager to share about the positive experience their child had.
  • Lastly, we want you to know that Campus Outreach honors your position as parents. You have made immeasurable contributions in the lives of your children and it is our desire to come along-side of you in their spiritual growth and development. We sincerely believe and hold to the God-given authoritative role that parents have with their children.

We do what we do because we love college students and specifically, your child. If you have any questions, thoughts, evaluation, or communication, we want to hear from you. Feel free to contact us directly at columbus@campusoutreach.org.

What We Believe

A SHORT SUMMARY OF OUR CORE CONVICTIONS:

  • The Bible consists of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, and only these books. All Scripture is inspired by the Holy Spirit and is self attesting as the unique, inerrant, and infallible written Word of God. The Bible provides everything necessary for God’s glory and for our salvation, and it is the supreme and final authority on all matters on which it speaks.
  • There is but one only, living and true God. In the unity of the Godhead there are three persons: the Father, the Son (eternally begotten of the Father), and the Holy Spirit (eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son). These three are one in substance and equal in power and glory. Our God decrees whatsoever comes to pass. He created all things out of nothing by mere command. He made man, male and female, in His own image. He sustains and orders all things by His wise and gracious providence. To Him is due whatever worship, service, and obedience He demands.
  • Jesus Christ, the Son of God, became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one Person forever. He died on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins. On the third day He arose bodily from the dead, and ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now rules over us and makes intercession for us.
  • The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior. Indwelling our hearts, He gives us a new heart and a saving faith. He empowers us and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.
  • The human race fell from our original righteousness and communion with God when Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. From this original guilt and corruption, all humans became morally defiled in every aspect of their being, unable to do good, guilty before God, and subject to God’s wrath and eternal judgment.
  • In His infinite, eternal, and unchangeable love, God has graciously delivered His people from their state of misery and death to a new state of eternal life, by establishing the covenant of grace, through the Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Through the succeeding administrations of this covenant, which remains essentially the same through all ages, God has progressively revealed His saving plan, now fully revealed in Jesus Christ, the Mediator of the covenant. Our salvation is wholly dependent upon the free grace of God, Who unconditionally elects His people, provides atonement for them in the sacrifice of His one and only Son, unites them to Himself, gives them new birth and the gift of faith, justifies them by imputing to them the perfect righteousness of Christ, adopts them as His own children, sanctifies them by His Spirit, and causes them to persevere to glory.
  • God’s salvation is freely offered to all people in the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is no other way to be saved. It is the duty and privilege of all who hear the gospel to receive and embrace this good news by repentance and faith. All who truly believe will be saved.
  •  The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ. The Church finds her visible, yet imperfect, expression in local congregations of professing believers and their children where the Word of God is preached in its purity, where the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper are administered in their integrity, where scriptural discipline is practiced, and where loving fellowship is maintained. For her perfecting, she awaits the return of her Lord.
  • The Lord Jesus commands His people to keep His commandments. We are to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength; and we are to love our neighbors as ourselves. We are to cherish God’s law and to demonstrate God’s love by proclaiming Jesus Christ to all the world, by word and by deed. Jesus came to destroy all racial, social, and economic barriers that divide His people. He expressed a special concern for the lost, the poor, the oppressed, the dispossessed, the lonely, and the afflicted. We are His disciples.
  • God has appointed a day when He will judge the world by Jesus Christ, to whom has been given all authority to judge by the Father. On that day, Jesus Christ will return to earth — personally, visibly, and bodily — and all persons of all generations will appear before His throne to be judged. The righteous shall enter into everlasting life and the wicked and unbelieving to everlasting damnation. Thus will God consummate history and the plan of salvation, and thus will He receive eternal praise.

More detailed explanations of what PCA churches believe can be found in the Westminster Confession and Catechisms which we receive as an accurate summary of the system of doctrine taught in Holy Scripture.

BGSU

Bowling Green State University

OSU

The Ohio State University