We want our college students to be for Christ, for the church, for the world, for life.
We want all our college students to be able to say with the Apostle Paul, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain,” (Philippians 1:21) and really mean it! There is no one greater and there is no one more important than Jesus. Jesus changes everything and he is changing the lives of college students for his glory and for their good. He lived the perfect life we were supposed to live and he died the shameful death we deserved to die. Now he calls everyone to take up their cross and follow him by faith. Following Jesus doesn’t make life easier, but it does make it better. We want all college students to passionately live for Jesus!
For the Church
“What do you offer college students?” is a frequent question for us when we meet new students. And, our answer is always the same – the church. That doesn’t seem too compelling, does it? But, that’s because we have a shallow view of the church.
The church is the locus of God’s work in the world. It’s through the church that the “manifold wisdom of God might now be made known” (Eph 3:10), which is the gospel of Jesus. The church possesses the greatest mission in the world: to make disciples of Jesus Christ. It’s for this mission that we exist. Our students are most effective in living out this mission when they’re connected to, trained in, and sent out from the local church.
It’s in the church where multi-generational discipleship flourishes. It’s the environment where young and old coming together to be pushed towards greater love for and faithfulness to Jesus. You need people in your life who’ve walked with Jesus for 30 years. You need to see married couples following Jesus together. You need to see parents striving to raise their kids to love the Lord. You need to walk alongside folks nearing the end of their lives who praise God as they head to meet Him. And just as much as you need them, they need you. The family called “church” is where all of this happens.
For the World
Richmond, KY is ground zero for our mission efforts. But, God’s footprint through our church is much larger. Jesus commanded us to go and make disciples of all nations. He said that we are his witnesses to the ends of the earth.
That means our mission isn’t limited to only reach folks here in Richmond with the gospel (although it’s certainly true that we want to reach as many people as we can here). No, our vision is to plant churches all over the world. Currently, we’re focusing on planting churches in New Orleans, LA and in Peru.
College students are a vital, indispensable part of that vision. Each summer, we want to send students to each one of our church-planting cities for six to eight weeks where they’ll be directly involved in our on-the-ground church planting efforts. You can find out more about these opportunities and other ways to go using our Go Guide at: www.ashland.church/go
It’s our prayer that the students the Lord gives us for the four (or five or six) years they’re in college would follow Christ in this life until their dying breath. We aim to train and disciple them to that end. We focus on trusting the Word of God, embracing biblical friendship in our Bible Fellowship Groups, and cultivating a life of serving others.
As students make decisions about what they’ll do with their lives and where they will do it, we encourage them to think cross-culturally and beyond the bounds of our city and state. We are delighted when students decide to be rooted in Richmond, Kentucky for their post-college life, but we also want them to consider using their occupations, skills, and gifts to serve in one of our church planting cities, as well as other parts of the world. Graduating seniors can apply to serve for up to two years as one of our Ends of the Earth Interns in one of our church planting cities.
ACCESS is a weekly gathering immediately following the 10 AM service where we feed college students and young adults (18-25) a free meal and answer any and all questions they may have about any topic they want.
Questions are asked anonymously through texts as we discuss the sermon, the gospel, church, life, and anything else you might want to ask! Pastor Jeremy and various guest hosts do their best to give genuine, biblically faithful answers to each question. Want to ask a question? Text (707) 726-6250.
Our goal is to be guest-friendly while clearly explaining what the Bible teaches. A FREE lunch is provided every Sunday!
We take friendship seriously.
We believe we were made to love God and one another. We were made for friendship and we understand our need for it – for accountability, for growth, and for joy. Bible Fellowship Groups (BFGs) allow us to do just that. BFGs are small groups that meet in homes throughout Madison County where we live out the gospel together, seeking to apply the Word of God to our life circumstances. In short, BFGs exist for…
God created us to live not in isolation, but with and alongside others. Through our BFGs we are intentional in building real friendships where we pray for and serve one another.
We want to “doers of the word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22), and our BFGs provide the context for members to be challenged, encouraged, and inspired to respond to the Word of God.
BFGs bring the gospel of Jesus Christ into our homes, our neighborhoods, and our community at large.
Madison County is blessed with several on-campus ministries that serve as wonderful tools in helping our college students grow in their faith. Ashland is blessed with college students who not only participate but serve as leaders within these campus ministries. This is one reason we love referring our student to ministries like CRU, Campus Outreach, and the Baptist Campus Ministry (BCM). We serve alongside these campus ministries, seeking to send our students onto the college campus as missionaries.