Conversation & Process| We want to provide a place where believing and non-believing students can ask questions, openly talk about their doubts and consider the journey of faith. This is a place where you don't have to agree with everything to belong, and those that do believe patiently understand and welcome those that do not.
Community & Friendship
Community & Friendship| The best way to try to be a Christian or figure out what it might mean to be a Christian is to have solid Christian friends that will walk through the years with you. In RUF we don't just want to do spiritual events, we want to walk through college together - helping one another, caring for one another, and praying for one another.
Connection & Discipleship
Connection and Discipleship | RUF is led by an ordained pastor who spends full time on the campus. We have a growing suspicion today of things said to us from people we don't know, so It is our desire to offer personal relationships with a pastor who wants to mentor and be involved in your life through discipleship during college, equipping you for mission and service in Christ's kingdom.
Counterculture Living| We believe that Jesus is King of everything, not just our spiritual lives, but of all of life. USC offers amazing programs in film, business, engineering, athletics (we could go on). We don't want to take students out of those programs, but help them grow and understand what it means to see their film studies through the lens of the gospel, apply the kingship of Jesus to their sport, or live in the freedom of Jesus in their fraternity/sorority.
The Beauty of the Church
RUF ministries are not to replace the church, rather we are the church going to the campus, with the vision of building the future church from the campus. It is Essential to our ministry to have a commitment and accountability with the visible church in Los Angeles. We understand the general suspicion students have with the church along with the logistical difficulties of being connected to one while in college. Up front in our language and practice is for students to grow to find the local church a beautiful reality where Jesus is at work. We want to help connect you to a church (aka, know people all across L.A. that are seeking to follow Jesus too) and learn to serve a body of people, creating a bridge from the campus to the church for you.
We want at all times the gospel to be central in what we are doing and discussing. That is, whether one is new to the idea of Christianity or one has been around it their whole life, you are never beyond the reach or the need of grace. We should never get over it. Part of what this looks like at USC is that when you have a season when your not "on fire for God" RUF should be a place you can still hang around in, b/c its not about your feelings towards God, but his pursuit of you, and he understands there will be many times when you don't feel that way. And so when you are "on fire for God", grace and the gospel help you stay humble toward yourself and others, b/c there is nothing you yourself did to ignite that fire.