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On Tuesday, Aug. 31, California Baptist University’s Campus Activities Board (CAB) hosted its first Coffeehouse event of the 2010-2011 school year.

Stamps Courtyard was full of new and returning students who seemed eager to receive information on how to get involved in the various student ministries.

Booths were stationed throughout the courtyard as well as a beverage and cookie station, tables and chairs, white Christmas lights and a stage featuring the Chapel band for the school year.

Students listened to the various songs sung by Adam Walcker and Robbie Willet as they grabbed information from the featured booths such as Compassion Ministries, Christian Challenge, Chapel, International Justice Mission Board (IJM), and Urban Excursion.

Rick Warren’s “The Purpose Driven Life” and “The MacArthur Study Bible” were among the many free books passed out at the event.

Flyers were distributed with detailed information about organizations, meetings, and ministry opportunities. Many CBU students were at each booth as well, telling first hand experiences and providing information about how to get directly involved.

The goal for this Coffeehouse was to introduce new students, as well as returners, to the many opportunities for ministry that are readily available on campus.

“We are here to help you take your next step in your walk with Christ,” John Montgomery, the dean of spiritual life, said.

Many organizations designed their programs so that students will be able to have direct involvement into the ministries.

“If you would like to specifically get involved in the homeless ministry or another specific ministry, you will be given a phone number to that specific outreach so that you can be directly involved,” junior Tiffany Hamilton said. “It skips all the confusion of calling all the various offices.”

Academic success is not the only thing emphasized at CBU, so a student’s walk with God.

“I think that coming to a Christian school is the biggest blessing because we can freely talk about and participate in things like this,” senior Jessica Collins said. “Christ is in everything, so we should be involved in events where He is the focus.”

For more information about on campus ministry opportunities, call the Office of Spiritual Life at (951) 343-5015.

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