Christians on Campus: The Baptist Collegiate Ministry
By Emilie Kemp
For The Southwestern
The BCM, Baptist Collegiate Ministry, is a nationwide organization that brings together a host of interdenominational Christians. At SWOSU, the student-led organization offers a multitude of activities including Bible studies, games, and food.
Kaitlyn Stockert, the associate director of the BCM at SWOSU, is a junior and majoring in interdisciplinary studies. She has been attending the BCM for more than a year and a half. Her job consists of mentoring, encouraging, and disciplining students throughout their college careers.
“That could look like leading a bible study, helping a student get connected to a church, and so much more,” she said. “My favorite part of the BCM is being a part of something that strives to make others feel welcome; that can be considered a safe place, a home, in the midst of all the craziness that happens in college.
“It's such a blessing to be able to meet up with so many people through my job, to pour some happiness into someone's life through getting to know someone, helping them feel heard and connected, and talking about what we believe and sharing the love of Christ.”
Stockert mentioned some of the weekly events along with special events that will be coming to campus.
This spring semester, on Mondays, we have our worship, called Forge, at 7 p.m.,” she said.
“Wednesdays, we have our free lunch, where local churches provide a good home cooked meal, from 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Throughout the week, we will have special events, such as bible studies or ping pong tournaments or a movie night, etc., and the dates and times for those can be found on our social media accounts.”
These accounts include Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
The BCM is on the south side of the campus, next to the police department. The building is usually open from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on weekdays, noon to 10:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and closed on Sundays.