1. What is RUF?
RUF is the official campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). 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. In fact, there is not only vast denominational diversity, but we have students all along the spiritual spectrum.
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.
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 at least five different kinds of activities.
a) RUF Large Group is our "shop front" activity and usually the easiest way for students to "plug into" the ministry. The evening 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 what all is going on within the ministry of RUF.
b) In any given semester, students participate in small group Bible studies on a whole variety 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.
c) RUF's commitment to reaching and equipping students means that one-on-one meetings with students are a vital part of our ministry. The staff of RUF meets individually with close to 35-40 students a week! 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.
d) RUF desires to see a true body of Christians formed at UTK. Living out a true sense of community is built into every activity that we do. Therefore, RUF is committed to serving in our community. At the beginning of each semester, students take leadership over all kinds of opportunties to get involved and serve the poor in the Knoxville area. This is a great way to involve students in opportunities to discover a passion for the hurting in their own communities. We partner with Soar Youth Ministries on a regular basis, as well as different service projects that arise each semester.
e) 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 retreat in the fall, winter conference in February, and summer conference in May 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. feel free to contact other campus ministries at UTK. you can find out more about the various ministries at UTK here.
Still more questions? Contact the staff.