College Ministry

Riverland Hills Baptist Church offers many opportunities for college students both here in Columbia and away from home. Our desire is to provide a place for college students to grow in the knowledge of their faith, be able to defend it in a difficult college environment, and be prepared to share it with others on campus. We are committed to developing fully devoted followers of Christ prepared for the challenges of future careers and marriages.

College Bible Fellowship
On Sunday mornings at 10:15 a.m., our college students gather together for a time of prayer and biblical teaching. This time provides an opportunity for us to pray for one another’s needs throughout the semester and to check in with students who are returning from colleges away from Columbia. We also spend time in the Word of God, growing in the knowledge of the faith. We take time to study the scripture in order to prepare our students to defend their faith in a difficult college environment. Another purpose is to prepare them for the time when they graduate and face life changing decisions about their careers and families.

Weekly Night Bible Study
Every week, college students gather together for dinner, worship, and Bible study. In this intimate, small group environment students learn to dig deep into Scripture for theological truth and apply it to everyday life. The purpose of our time is always life-changing—to become more fully devoted followers of Christ and to be more actively involved in reaching the campus for Christ.

College students long to find a place to belong and build deep relationships. Our fellowships are an exciting time in our college ministry. Every couple of weeks, we build friendships by coming together for a time of fun and fellowship. From movie nights to Ultimate Frisbee, every week provides a new opportunity to take a break from school and meet new people.

Annual Retreats
Several times throughout the year, our college students gather together for overnight or weekend retreats. Our retreats provide opportunities to build community, reflect on the semester, and challenge students in their relationship with Christ. Every time we return from a retreat, our students return with new friendships and a renewed commitment to their faith. The two highlights of each year are our annual trip to the Passion Conference, a conference that over 20,000 college students across the nation attend in Atlanta, GA, and our annual Mountain Retreat in Maggie Valley, NC.

For more information:
Bart Cook, College Minister