Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), the collegiate ministry Presbyterian Church in America, had its largest cumulative gathering to date at the 2004 Summer Conference in Panama City, Fl.
“We had nearly 1,000 students,” said Karen Rose, RUF spokesperson.
The conference had been experiencing such high attendance rates in the past that this year’s conference was split into two sessions. The first meeting, taking place May 10-15, drew 700 students and 150 staff members. The second, May17-22, had 260 participants.
“This year the growth of our ministry has been reflected in the need to expand our summer conference to two-week in order to accommodate the number of students attending,” commented Rose.
Starting in the fall, RUF’s growth will be even more evident 10 new campus ministries launches, bringing the number of campus sites for RUF to be over 80. New ministries will be established at places like University of Kentucky, Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, University of North Carolina, and Georgia Tech, among others. Another new campus site will include Florida International University, which will feature the ministry’s first multi-ethic campus.
“We’re excited,” said Rose.
Interns for the campuses will begin training soon and are also invited to attend the Foundations of Campus Ministry Conference held on August 9-12, 2004 in Charlottesville, N.C.