FOR THE PARENTS
Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to the RUF at Belhaven website! Our staff would like to tell you that we are here for you as you go through this time of transition when your students go off to college. Over the years, there are questions that parents typically ask, so we thought we would include them in a dedicated page, with information about how we as a ministry can be a part of your student's life while away at college. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any other questions not included here.
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. Find out more about what we believe under the Who We Are tab.
2. What does "Reformed" mean?
In the simplest terms, the word "Reformed" simply refers to the theology and confessions that arose out of the "Reformation." Therefore, RUF's theology is in full agreement with orthodox Protestantism. Find out more under the R...U...F...? tab.
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 several different kinds of activities:
RUF Large Group is our "shop front" activity and usually the easiest way for students to "plug into" the ministry. This usually 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 all that is going on within the ministry of RUF. We meet at from 9-10pm every Tuesday night in Barber Auditorium on campus.
In any given semester, students participate in several small group Bible studies covering 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.
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 on-going discipleship, dealing with personal issues with which the student struggles, and addressing any crisis counseling that might arise during the students' time at school.
Finally, at least a few times during the year, RUF is committed to getting out of town and gathering with other Christians for student conferences. Fall, Winter, and Summer conferences are all great opportunities to get involved with RUF's ministry. These trips often will include mission trips.
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.
7. I would like to give financially to the ministry of RUF. How do I do that?
RUF functions totally upon the gifts and contributions of friends of the ministry. Contributions to RUF are, of course, tax deductible and receipted with every donation. You can easily give online or choose another means of donation.