As we teach through the book of Ephesians this school year, most every Sunday morning comes with the reminder that Paul wrote it to a plural “you”—a corporate gathering of believers. It remains consistent that Purdue students long for the abundant life Jesus offers, whether they’re familiar with Him or faith is brand new. But perhaps more than ever, and in light of the distilled isolation of the pandemic, students also long to share that abundance with others. Here at Campus House, members of the Purdue community are becoming members of a household where they’re equipped in their discipleship and commissioned to display God’s love to the world.
Each school year, we choose a theme to focus our vision for ministry. “Time to Build Together” draws on Paul’s language in Ephesians 2:22: “In Christ Jesus, you are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” This theme also reflects our heart and aim: for Campus House to become a multi-generational, multi-ethnic, and multiplying church community in the heart of Purdue’s campus. God has graciously and strategically brought an amazing mix of people to our community with diverse ethnicities, cultures, ages, and spiritual gifts to participate in what Jesus is building at Campus House. At a time when it’s remarkably easy to choose autonomy and self-sufficiency, we’re responding to—and extending—God’s invitation to be an interconnected household on mission.
As you read these stories from this particular “house,” know that we give thanks for the grace of your prayerful and financial partnership. And we also wonder: What excites you about this vision? How might the Spirit invite you to join in what He’s building?
Life with God
An abiding relationship with God develops the resources and maturity needed to faithfully attend to His calling on our lives.
Our humble, cooperative participation in the Body of Christ builds up the Church as we help one another listen and respond to Jesus.
Life in the World
We partner with God to share His love in this broken world, moving His mission of redemption and restoration forward.
JESUS IN WORD & PRAYER
STEPHEN, Senior & Worship Leader
GROWING IN THE
PRACTICE OF PRAYER
Our staff and Prayer Council led the Campus House community through several prayer initiatives to equip and deepen relationships with God and others. These trainings and concentrated times of prayer helped students grow in relating to God, ministering to one another, and interceding for the campus.
& Prayer Council Member
PARTNERING WITH ONE ANOTHER
TALLY, Sophomore & Align Planning Team Member
“I love this season of ‘building together’ because there are so many opportunities for students and families to experience the vibrant life of the Church as it was intended. We weren’t called to consume but to participate in the work that God is doing to build His Kingdom here. ‘Building together’ gives us all an opportunity to be aware of the ways God is calling us to love and serve in our contexts, regardless of our season of life or age.”
Associate Pastor of Teaching & Equipping
GRAYSON, Junior & Joshua House Resident
CRAIG & CASSIE KEITH,
Sharing JESUS WITH OTHERS
Starry Night Music & Arts Festival, outreach events for international students, and Ecuador Vision Trips all provided opportunities to care for our neighbors—both locally and around the world.
Exploring Life with Jesus
“My experience at Alpha has been one of the sweetest and most enriching experiences in my life. It has provided a bridge to the wider Campus House community, where I have made friends who are deeply comfortable giving of themselves to each other every day. It is in their company that I have been seeking, with greater confidence and belief, a deeper and perpetual relationship with the Lord at all times.”
& Alpha Participant
Bridging the Greater
Greyhouse Coffee welcomed hundreds
of Purdue community members daily and will soon open a third location downtown called The Lobby. As we apply Campus House’s vision to become more integrated generationally and ethnically—and more participatory
in our neighborhoods—we hope and pray this restaurant serves as a bridge
to the Greater Lafayette community.
“Dallas Willard said, ‘Discipleship is the process of becoming who Jesus would be if he were you.’ One of the greatest opportunities that we have at Greyhouse is to help our staff and baristas work this out in their daily lives. What does Christlikeness look like as an employee, a coworker, a student worker with financial and academic pressures, and a member
of the Purdue and wider Lafayette communities? The encouragement and challenge to walk in this way bring not only flourishing for the staff and baristas, but also the wider community as healing, love, and life break in.”
Beyond reporting the highlights and events of this past year, we also hope this piece captures some of the ongoing vision and mission of Campus House. “Vision” cannot be reduced to a strategy for ministry; it is not just “what” we do, but “how” and “why” we do what we do. While we are thankful for growing numbers and impact, the Kingdom metric captures stories of transformation and celebrates the ongoing fruit of grace-filled discipleship as we “build” together.
Here we’ve highlighted some of the “big bricks:” regular gatherings and initiatives which provide a context and shared experience for learning, equipping, and mission. But we are also excited about organic pockets of worship, prayer, and Jesus-centered community cropping up around the campus and the city. We celebrate all kinds of ways students and community people alike are taking the initiative to “be church,” reflect Jesus to one another, and carry His love outside the walls of Campus House.
We want to continue to invite, equip, and shepherd everyone who walks into this beautiful space to listen and respond to Jesus, to practice these rhythms of Up, In, and Out, which empower all of us to more fully and naturally connect with Jesus, one another, and our neighbors. We are filled with gratitude and wonder for what Jesus is building and for the support, prayer, and love of His Household, the wider Campus House family, who continue to partner in this good work. All glory be to Christ!
Board of Directors
Campus House Staff
Student and facilities Staff Team
These individuals were a valuable extension of our staff team and helped make Campus House a home for many in the Purdue community.
The Impact of Your
Your generous and consistent giving positioned Campus House to meet real needs in the Purdue community this past year. Some students heard and responded to the Good News of grace offered in Jesus Christ. God deepened their spiritual roots and strengthened them for the long haul of discipleship. He put the lonely in families, challenged worldviews, and connected the proverbial dots. He unveiled truth, goodness, and beauty in a culture wrought with confusion, distortion, and pain. Thank you for your partnership in making much of Jesus on Purdue’s campus. “For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever!”
Consider coming back to tour the new building or volunteer at Starry Night Festival.
Annual Report 2022 | Design Jean Martin | Photography Karsyn Carpenter , Jackie Durbha , & Tate Kirgiss | Web Joe Price
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