From being a Big Brother to a child or visiting a shut-in, ministry can happen in a variety of ways. At Houghton, opportunities to touch lives are endless, whether it be to minister locally or to travel internationally.
Allegany County Outreach
Allegany County Outreach (ACO) is an organization that provides students with the opportunity to engage in community outreach through connecting with the children of Allegany County. Students are paired up with one child and are given the chance to mentor him or her throughout the school year. This includes participating in group outings and events, and helping with school work.
Global Christian Fellowship
Global Christian Fellowship reminds the Houghton students to look not only to those directly around them, but to be globally aware as well. GCF coordinates weekly prayer topics that focus on one campus issue and one global issue that are prayed for by the campus community daily. GCF also holds weekly meetings to promote global awareness and action, hosting missionaries as well as students who have a global outlook.
OMS is a missionary-sending agency represented at Houghton by Bruce and Donna Hess.
Salvation Army Student Fellowship
The Salvation Army Student Fellowship (SASF) allows students to be involved with the Salvation Army and its mission. By sponsoring a Salvation Army store in the basement of the Reinhold Campus Center every semester, SASF members have the chance to help further the charge of the Salvation Army.
SIM (Serving In Mission)
SIM is represented at Houghton by Benjamin and Christine Hegeman.
School Year Ministry Teams
Houghton students serve throughout the academic year at youth retreats, youth events, youth group gatherings, and other events as teams. They lead worship, help with activities, teach lessons, and more. Students are recruited, equipped, supported, and sent out for these opportunities by Houghton’s Office of Ministry Resources.
Summer Ministry Teams
Houghton students travel each summer from camp to camp to serve youth in Jesus’ name as part of Houghton College Summer Ministry Teams. These are paying summer jobs that are recruited, equipped, supported and sent out by Houghton’s Office of Ministry Resources.
Houghton students work with the Young Life group in Springville, NY to make a difference in the lives of youth. Through weekly meetings as well as a Young Life conference, students have the opportunity to minister to youth who need someone to care about them.
Youth for Christ
Houghton students, working with the Youth for Christ chapter in Belfast, are able to meet and mentor children in Allegany County through weekly meetings and trips to the local public schools. Youth for Christ allows local children to get to know positive role models while Houghton students, likewise, are provided with opportunities to learn and grow through working with these children.