Who are we? It seems like such a simple question, but like a cut diamond, there are many facets that all reflect a small piece of the true answer...
First, we are a community of faith at Missouri Southern State University that is dedicated to sharing Christ with the world around us. Our desire is to encourage, equip and empower people to have a closer relationship with the God who created and loves them.
Another facet of who we are is reflected in our relationship to the Spring River Baptist Association. There are somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 churches in Jasper and Newton counties that form the SRBA, and they love students like kids love cookies. For over 40 years they have faithfully reached out to MSSU and the Baptist Student Union is the fruit of that labor. Without their vision and love, there would be no BSU. We strongly encourage you to plug into a local church where you can worship God as He deserves. "I will honor those who honor Me."--God (1 Samuel 2:30)
A third facet is, as our name suggests, our baptist heritage. But what does that really mean? The answer is both quite a bit and also not much. On the 'not much' side, students from a wide array of Christian backgrounds find a home in the BSU each year, and where you went to church growing up isn't really something we spend a lot of time worrying about. There is no secret handshake or code word you need to know in order to have fun, make friends and grow in faith at the BSU... On the 'quite a bit' side, everything we teach reflects our Southern Baptist roots. Now, before you break out in hives thinking about that, please understand that the vast majority of what we teach and believe overlaps with what evangelical churches around the world and across many Christian denominations teach every day. In other words, almost everyone who's ever been to the BSU feels welcome and recognizes familiar teaching. That's one reason we call our worship experience "Common Ground."
A fourth, and perhaps the most important facet of who we are is our identity as committed followers of Jesus Christ. Indeed, we are a group of Christ followers who long to see others enjoy a fruitful and passionate relationship with God, and to that end we are committed to helping students plug in to local churches and campus ministries where they can find the fellowship, discipleship and leadership opportunities they need. Frankly, we wish we were always a part of that, but one of the coolest things about MSSU is the unity shared among the various campus ministries. We'd love to have you visit the BSU, but if we're not your cup of tea, we'll be happy to help you discover what is. There are several good ministries here at MoSo and it would be nothing short of arrogant to assume ours is right for everyone. College can be a spiritual oasis in life, or a dry desert, and finding a spiritual home will largely determine your experience.