We are often asked how we gauge the measure of our success as a ministry. Because we are a ministry for college students, our desire is to develop and grow college students who will be faithful followers of Jesus Christ for the rest of their lives. What this means is that our goals for our students are that they grow in the following areas:
GROWTH IN GRACE
The way in which we grow in the Christian life is the same way we enter it- by receiving Jesus and relying on what he has done for us by his grace. That is why we are devoted to helping one another use the means which God has given us to promote our growth in Christ-likeness. We affirm that deep, lasting change occurs by studying the Bible, developing a prayer life, participating in worship, and forming authentic relationships with others.
FELLOWSHIP AND SERVICE
Jesus not only calls us to follow him as individuals, but also gathers us into an open and honest community where we learn how to love and serve others. We strive to reflect the values of the gospel, and as we do we provide the world around us with a glimpse of who God is and what his coming kingdom entails. We want to love our neighbors well, those within and those outside of RUF, and will do so through tangible acts of service at UNF and in the city of Jacksonville.
EVANGELISM AND MISSIONS
We believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true, and that it therefore can't be kept to ourselves. We are committed to thoughtfully and respectfully communicating this good news through the words we speak, the deeds we perform, and the community we embody so that we might give others the opportunity to discover the true story of God's grace. And since the salvation that Jesus brings is a comprehensive redemption, we will express the Lord's care for his world by aiding the poor, seeking justice for the oppressed, and participating in the restoration of creation.
BIBLICAL WORLD AND LIFE VIEW
Christianity is a way of seeing all of life. Rather than dividing the world into sacred and secular realms, we recognize that every sphere of life belongs to God and provides us with an opportunity to serve him. We aim, therefore, to discern our unique vocations within the world and to pursue them with excellence and integrity so that our university as well as our culture might experience the renewal of the gospel.