What is RUF?
R is for Reformed... RUF believes that the Bible is true and salvation is free; that we are saved by grace alone through faith in Christ alone to the glory of God alone. (Click here to read more about what RUF believes.)
U is for University... RUF is there to love, challenge, and encourage college students, regardless of their backgrounds or religious beliefs.
F is for Fellowship... We seek to connect with students on a relational, one-on-one level, and to connect them to one another and to Jesus.
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What does an RUF intern do?
As an intern, my job includes things like...
- Meeting one-on-one with female students to talk about life and faith.
- Leading and/or helping with small-group Bible studies.
- Helping with weekly Large Group meetings (every Wednesday!) and various social/ministry events throughout the semester.
- Promoting community - making new students feel welcome and encouraging fellowship
- Planning and attending statewide fall and winter conference and the national summer conference.
- Completing a study program (~15 hrs a week) that will better equip me for ministry.
RUF at Western Carolina
Western Carolina University is nestled in the mountains of western North Carolina, about 40 miles west of Asheville. WCU has about 10,000 undergraduate students and 2,000 postgraduates.
Rev. Dave Osborne saw a need and began the ministry of RUF at Western Carolina in January of 2008. Since then, the ministry has grown from a small Bible study to a group of about 250 students overall. In January of 2013, Rev. Dave Osborne and his family moved to Greenville, NC, where Dave is now the senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church. In June of 2013, Rev. Brian Thomas began serving as the new WCU RUF campus minister. God is doing exciting things though RUF at Western, and I'm excited to be a part of that!