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How Baptist Collegiate Ministries Affects the Lives of Students

BCM Oasis

Students worship during a Monday night Oasis service. Oasis is one way that Brewton-Parker College’s branch of Baptist Collegiate Ministries impacts students’ lives.

Lauren Youmans
Lauren Youmans, Campus Minister of BCM, gives introductions before an Oasis service. (Photos by Lauren Moye)

By Lauren Moye

BPC Staff Writer

MOUNT VERNON— The stated purpose of Brewton-Parker College’s Baptist Collegiate Ministries organization is to “provide students with opportunities to learn about the truth of the person of Jesus Christ, as presented in the Bible, in hopes that they will begin a personal relationship with Jesus.” From the time that students step onto campus until the time that they leave, they have the option to participate in BCM. So just how can one organization affect the lives of BPC students?

“I hope BCM is a place where those who already know Jesus are stronger [in their faith] by the time they leave,” BPC Campus Minister Lauren Youmans, stated. “I hope that they may even recognize ways within themselves that God can use them that they never even thought of before, and that they can be challenged to push themselves outside of their normal limits.” As leader of BCM, she strives to instill a love of missions in the students who walk through her doors. She went on to say, “I want those who come to BCM to be open to God working.”

BCM ministers to students through separate Bible studies for men and women. For the student who crosses HWY 280 for Oasis on Monday night, Youmans promised they will be greeted by friendly spaces despite any chaos surrounding the area. They can also expect a worship time that allows everybody the freedom to worship in the way that they choose. “If you want to raise your hands you can raise your hands,” Youmans said on Oasis worship, “If you want to sit, you can sit. If you need to get in your own little space to dance, you can do that.”

Senior Michael Mathews echoed this sentiment when he said, “Going to BCM allows me to have specialized worship and teaching for people my age. This allows me to dive into God's word head-first.”

The traditional Monday night BCM service was renamed to Oasis early in August 2013. Youmans explained the reason for this change, “During the leadership team retreat, we decided that Monday nights known as BCM was almost misleading, because it sounded like that one service was all of who we are. It’s not. It’s just a part of what we do.” People lost in the desert look for an oasis for water; this is a symbol for how the BCM team wanted Monday nights to function for students.

“It allows a place for fellowship and growth with other believers our age,” Miranda Peterson said. “We can encourage others who are going through the same things we are and help build each other up.”

Another goal of BCM is to encourage students to become involved in missions. As such, they offer many opportunities for students to serve Christ by reaching out into the local community. On Feb. 13, BCM will assist with local outreach event “Feed the Need.” From the 13, “Feed the Need” will occur once every two weeks. They are also planning a Spring Break mission trip to Morganton, Ga. According to Ross Jenkins, this is one of the ways BCM encourages spiritual growth in students. He said, “BCM has provided a place to grow spiritually because it provides a place to serve alongside like-minded believers.”

For more information about Baptist Collegiate Ministries, email Lauren Youmans at lyoumans@bpc.edu.

Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college south of Macon and north of Jacksonville, FL. The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.

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The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application
of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.
 
Brewton-Parker College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Brewton-Parker College.
 
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February 10, 2014 3:46 PM