Baptist Student Ministry
The HSU Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) exists to minister to the spiritual needs of the students of Hardin-Simmons University and to equip those students for ministry in their daily lives. We strive to cultivate an atmosphere of discipleship where students can deepen their relationship with Christ in the context of community with the hope that all HSU students might have a fully developed relationship with Jesus Christ. We seek to become the primary catalyst for the campus to be involved in God’s work in Abilene and around the world. We are called to love, serve, and to walk alongside students during their time at HSU. Students from all denominations and faiths are welcome in the BSM and are welcome to attend any BSM events.
Tanner Clarke, BSM Director
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Our first event of the semester is the BSM Howdy Party. This event usually takes place on the first Tuesday evening of the fall semester and is located on the Anderson Lawn. This is a great chance to meet people who are involved in our ministry teams and sign up for more information on the various activities hosted by your HSU BSM.
Night of Worship
Join us the first Tuesday night of every month at 7 p.m. in Logsdon Chapel for a night to focus on worship. We might go to many different churches all over Abilene, but this once-a-month event gives us time to worship together as an HSU community in diverse ways. We also sometimes change things up and have a special Night of Worship where we might be at Fort Phantom Hill Lake or out on Anderson Lawn. We would love to have you!
Cowboy Kids Christmas Party
This event is put on each year by our student leaders. We invite elementary students from local schools in Abilene to campus for movies, crafts, Christmas gifts and dinner where they are hosted for the afternoon by HSU students. We are always needing student volunteers to host a student. If you are interested, look out for flyers around campus in November about volunteering or contact the BSM office.
Every Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the BSM courtyard (between Moody and Connally), we gather together for a time of looking at the Bible and discussing it in a group setting. Reach is meant to be a safe space for skeptics and those who want to ask honest questions about Christianity. This event has some elements of a worship service and other elements that are more focused on open discussion. Anyone is welcome to come and interact about these topics together.
Our Freshman Bible Study, Fish Food, and your main way to get connected with BSM your first semester on campus, meets every Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the BSM (Connally Mission Center). It is led by a team of upperclassmen who love helping Freshman on their journey through their first semester. You do not need to sign-up and you can come any week you are able. Also, look out for information about our Fish Food Lock-In usually on the third weekend of the semester as a great way to get to know people on campus!
Every Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the BSM, our Women’s Bible Study, Woven, meets to share life together, read God’s Word, and provide an atmosphere where ladies can connect with each other and grow together.
The BSM is made up of ministry teams, each led by students, with their own ministry focus. Any student on campus can get connected with these groups or be a part of any of their events related to them. There are also opportunities for you to join one of the teams to help facilitate and plan our BSM ministries.
Discipleship Team – This team is leading us to create a culture of discipleship on campus. They facilitate our women’s Bible study, Woven, but also help other small group ministries on campus. These students will also help to connect you to a discipling relationship (with an older student, faculty or staff member, or a person in the local community) to help you grow in your walk with Christ.
International Student Ministry – Connects with international students, showing them Christ’s love while helping them with their unique challenges on campus. ISM also connects with the International Student Fellowship student organization and the Global Engagement department on campus to bring domestic and international students together.
Prayer Ministry – Over church history, many prayer movements have begun with college students praying. We want to create a culture of prayer on the HSU campus and the Prayer Ministry team works to do that. They also maintain the Raulee Ribble Memorial Prayer Room located in the Connally Missions Center.
Missions Mobilization – Connects campus with what God is doing around the world to accomplish the Great Commission. This team leads in casting vision for student involvement in missions by praying, giving, or going. There are numerous mission trip opportunities for students throughout the year and the Missions Mobilization team wants to help you with anything from fundraising to training.
Community & Church Engagement – The main connection on campus to what God is already doing in our community. This group is building up the structures for the BSM to be the main hub for connecting students with local ministry opportunities and churches.
Freshman Ministry – This team is led by upperclassmen who have a heart to mentor and disciple first-year students. They also lead our Freshman Bible Study, Fish Food and help connect Freshmen to opportunities to be discipled.
Campus Outreach & Evangelism – Equips students for evangelism and campus outreach. Works to share the Gospel in love with a wide-variety of students on campus through events and trainings. This team also plans our weekly Reach event.
Campus Outreach – The BSM can often be seen around campus connecting with students. We love to share Christ with all students and open up avenues for spiritual conversation.
Local Mission Projects – We also serve the community by participating in several local mission projects throughout each semester in partnership with other groups on campus.
Beach Reach – Each Spring Break the BSM participates in Beach Reach at South Padre Island, Texas with other BSM groups from schools all across Texas. We give free van rides, serve the community, and talk about Christ with college students from all over the United States who have come for Spring Break. For more information check out https://www.beachreachspi.org/ and if you are interested in participating this year, contact the BSM office.
Go Now Missions – We partner with Go Now Missions, a ministry of Texas Baptists, to send HSU students all over the world. All trip participants are college students from around Texas and opportunities are endless including Christmas Break projects, 10-week summer projects, 2-week impact teams, full semesters service abroad, and much more! We encourage all students to pray about the unique opportunity college provides for you to experience what God is doing around the world. For more information about mission trip opportunities visit the Go Now website at www.gonowmissions.com.
Interns are a vital part of the ongoing ministry of the BSM. Our student interns are the face of the BSM to our campus. Interns serve in a variety of roles. They are responsible for meeting with members of the BSM Leadership team and providing discipleship and ministry direction. They each organize specific ministries within the BSM. Our goal is to offer student interns on-the-ground ministry experience in order to help shape them into ministry leaders.
Kamri is a Senior Biology major with double minors in Psychology and Spanish. Her hometown is Longview, Texas. This is her second year working as a BSM intern.
Brandon is a Senior Biology major with a minor in Exercise Science. He grew up right here in Abilene. This is his second year as a BSM intern.