Love God, love each other, love the world — that is the mission statement of the Baptist Collegiate Ministries club.
“Our end goal is just to serve this campus with the love of Jesus,” club co-sponsor Jordan Belt said.
Belt said the club meets on a weekly basis.
“We meet on campus on Tuesdays and in our smaller groups (growth groups) in different student homes throughout the week,” he said.
Belt said around 30 to 40 people attend the meetings each week.
President Jon Pope said the club is a great way to gain support as well as be around like-minded people.
“We all have different struggles that are our own but we have experienced a God who sets us free,” Pope said.
“I have never had a better group of friends, ones who care — people who want to back me up and struggle with me.
“[Our] community is marked by love, joy and acceptance.”
Belt said, in addition to studying the Bible, the group also participates in community activities such as offering an afterschool program to those in low-income situations.
“We want to love each other and we do that by getting involved around the community, getting to know each other, serving each other and putting others’ interests above our own,” he said.
“Loving the world is realizing this campus is only a small part of the larger world we’re a part of.
“There’s stuff going on in the community and there’s stuff going on in different nations of the world.”
Belt said his favorite part about the club is watching its member evolve.
“I get to live life with people who are changing the world right now,” he said.
“The people who are a part of BCM are doing significant things every day.”
Co-sponsor Aaron John agrees.
“I love OCCC and its people and I believe BCM does the best job of loving those people, so naturally, I want to be a part of it.”
BCM meets on campus at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in room 1X5.