The Basics

Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) is the campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), with chapters on over 140 campuses.  RUF at Purdue began in the fall of 2009.  Though we are Presbyterian in affiliation, we welcome students from all walks of life, both the “convinced” and the “unconvinced.”  Regardless of your beliefs or doubts, RUF is a safe place for you to explore Christianity and grow in your understanding of who Jesus is and what it means to follow him in community with others at Purdue.

RUF exists to cultivate and nurture a community on Purdue’s campus that reaches students of divergent beliefs and doubts with the message of the Gospel and equips them to love and serve Jesus, his Church and the world.  As we shape our lives around the Gospel we have the opportunity to participate in God's work of changing lives, building community, healing our world, and renewing our culture.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the heart of RUF.  The Gospel announces that by sheer grace God has broken into history in the person of Jesus Christ to reconcile us to God and to renew the world He loves.  As we shape our lives around the Gospel, we have an opportunity to participate in God’s work of pursuing these vitally important aims.

Changing Lives
The Gospel alone holds the power to truly change us.  When we trust in Jesus and rely on his work rather than our own, we enter into an intimate relationship with him in which we receive the forgiveness of our sins, adoption as sons and daughters, and participation in the new life of his resurrection.  This is all a work of his grace.  Therefore, we are devoted to helping one another become more like Christ by growing in grace.  We affirm that deep, lasting change is a work of the Holy Spirit though the means of studying the Bible, developing a prayer life, participating in worship, and forming authentic relationships with others.

Building Community
Jesus not only calls us to follow him as individuals but also gathers us into a community in which we learn to apply the Gospel to every aspect of our lives.  In our relationships with one another, we strive to reflect the countercultural 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.  In light of the fact that God calls us to himself in order to be a vehicle of blessing to others, we are committed to sacrificially serving others on our campus and in our world.

Healing Our World
We believe the Gospel is true, and, therefore, it cannot be kept to ourselves. We are committed to thoughtfully and respectfully communicating the Gospel 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.  In light of the fact that the salvation Jesus brings is comprehensive and affects the whole person, we are committed to tangibly expressing God’s care for His world by seeking wholeness for the poor, justice for the oppressed, and restoration for the physical world.

Renewing Our Culture
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, distinctiveness, and integrity so that our university as well as our culture might experience the renewal of the Gospel.