Welcome to the North Carolina State University RUF website. Our staff would like to tell you that we are here for you as you go through this time of transition as your students go to college. The ministry of RUF has been at N. C. State and Meredith since 2000, ministering to students in this most challenging time of their lives.
Over the years, there are questions that parents typically ask, so we thought we would include them in a page dedicated especially to you, with information about how we as a ministry can be a part of your student's life while away at N. C. State and Meredith. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any other questions not included here.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 and we have many different deominations represtented in our membership.
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 historic 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. We hope to be a place for non-Christians as well as Christians to explore Christianity at their own pace in a safe, envrionment.
4. What does RUF do?
- RUF Large Group is usually the easiest way for students to connect to the ministry. Large Group 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.
- In any given semester, students are welcome to participate in any number of small group Bible studies covering various 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 friends in the process.
- RUF's commitment to reaching and equipping students means that pastoral care of students is a vital part of our ministry. This time is usually spent with 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 couple of times during the year, RUF is committed to getting out of town and gathering with other Christians for student conferences. Fall Conference is usually in September and Summer Conference is in May. These conferences are great opportunities to get involved with RUF's ministry. We also try to do at least one mission trip during the year.
5. Can you contact my student?
- Yes! 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. How can I help?
- 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. To contribute, go to givetoruf.org and search for NCSU.
- We also appreciate your prayers for your student as well as the other students here at NC State and Meredith. If you would like to no specific ways to pray, contact us and we can put you on our prayer e-mail list.