Service & Missions
Asbury is committed to ‘equipping men and women… [for] service to the professions, society, the family and Church.” Our desire to cultivate a servant’s heart is very visible in servant leadership. While academic preparation challenges students to understand their vocation as a means to serve, Spiritual Life strives to help students show acts of mercy as a way of presenting the love of Christ in our broken world. “Glocal” is our approach – serving the community, neighboring cities, our country and the world. Below you will find five organizations who serve campus to provide students with amazing opportunities to serve both domestically and internationally. Below you will find:
Opportunities g-LOCAL through the Asbury Outreach Coalition (AOC) and Asbury sponsored ministry teams. For more information please contact Hannah Bellew.
Opportunities GLO-cal through five organizations taking amazing student teams to serve both domestically and internationally. From Jesus’ words in Luke 22 that He was among us ‘as One who serves’, we offer all these opportunities so our students can participate in the missio dei – the mission of God in the world.
g-Local Opportunities through Asbury Outreach Coalition (AOC):
- Eastern State Mental Hospital: Weekly visits to build relationships with clients who are seeking treatment for various mental health-related issues.
- Thomson-Hood Veteran’s Center: Weekly visits to build relationships with United States war veterans and their families.
- Bluegrass Youth for Christ: Building relationships students from Winburn Middle School and helping them grow in their lives and their understanding of Christ.
- Salvation Army Homeless Shelter: Provide babysitting services to assist families residing in the Salvation Army Homeless Shelter of Lexington.
- Church Under the Bridge: Sharing the hope and love of Christ with the homeless and marginally housed in inner-city Lexington.
- Refuge for Women: Serving at a facility that provides a place of escape for sexually exploited women in Kentucky.
g-LOCAL Ministry Team Opportunities:
Weekend Outreach Teams
On occasion churches within a 300-mile radius of campus request to have a team of Asbury students come and serve as facilitators for church-sponsored, weekend activities, such as youth retreats, church carnivals, and the like. When such requests are made, student teams are recruited, trained, and prepared for this ministry partnership opportunity. Each team is composed of students from a variety of majors and interests who are dedicated to teaching the Word of God and sharing the love of Jesus. Team size varies from 3-8, depending upon the requesting church’s needs.
Summer Ministry Teams (SMT)
The Summer Ministry Team program is a year-long student leadership commitment, beginning in the November before summer break. Two teams of 5-6 members each are selected through an application and interview process every fall semester. After selection, team members begin an intensive leadership training program over spring semester designed to prepare them for 9-weeks of summer ministry to camp, camp meetings, and churches in the eastern half of the United States. Post-summer responsibilities include monthly debriefing meetings throughout the following fall semester, as well as recruiting assistance for the next SMT group. Team members who complete their summer commitment receive a scholarship for both semesters of the following academic year equal to 17% of tuition.
Need Volunteers? We would love the opportunity to serve you as part of our community. To request volunteers please contact Hannah Bellew or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how we can partner with you.