COLLEGE & YOUNG ADULTS
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College Students, Text : bpccollege to 94000
Career 20s, Text: bpccareer20 to 94000
We are located in Chico, California, next to the CSUC campus. Our mission is to guide college students and young adults on the journey of discipleship to Christ.
ONGOING & SEASONAL
Our space for hospitality is open to college and young adults but primarily geared to help students living away from home, to feel welcome and well-fed with a hearty, home-cooked meal. Hosted by various Bidwell families, the goal of the Table is to foster authentic intergenerational community and forge and strengthen connections between college-age and young adults. See events for upcoming times and details.
Our space for studying God. We borrowed “Inspired” from a book title, studying the Bible as the inspired word of God, and added “?!” to proclaim we’re not afraid of difficult questions and passionate points of view. Sometimes we read the Bible and sometimes we read authors who have studied the Bible deeply, but the goal is always the same: to openly ask and honestly discuss the questions that can complicate our trust in God. We believe God is big enough to handle anything we might dish out!
Do you like the smell of dirt on your hands? Do you enjoy serving others? Have you been looking for a tangible way to be the hands and feet of Jesus? If so join us at the Jesus Center Garden, we have room for the first 8 respondents. We’ll collect a waiting list after that! Please contact for more details.
GET IN KNOW PASTOR RAY
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO WORK WITH YOUNG ADULTS?
College students and young adults are full of curiosity and energy. I’ve found they long for authentic forms of community, gritty opportunities to serve, and deeper dives into matters of faith. They think outside the box and courageously challenge the status quo. I myself became a committed follower of Jesus precisely during this phase of life and it changed my whole trajectory! It’s a life phase full of wonder and opportunity!
WHY DO YOU THINK COLLEGE MINISTRY IS IMPORTANT?
People in this life stage have remarkable exposure to human diversity and schools of thought. From the standpoint of faith, there is this remarkable opportunity for God to enlarge one’s perspective in a way that leads to greater awe and wonder toward God’s diverse world. That being said, those same college years can lead some to shed their faith like an old High School Letterman Jacket. The difference between owning one’s faith and embracing wonder versus shedding one’s faith comes down to an authentic Christian community, a deeper grasp of Christian faith, and a sense of call toward some aspect of Christian ministry. These are all things the church should do and (in step with the Spirit) can do well!
PASTOR OF COLLEGE & YOUNG ADULTS
Office: 530-343-1484 (M-F)