How do I figure out which of the many Christian groups might be the right one for me? For help, look HERE
Evangelical or “Non-Denominational” Protestant Christian
Evangelicals include fundamentalist Christians who interpret the Bible in a very literalistic way, and are on a continuum with other evangelicals who interpret it literally in some cases and symbolically in others. Some evangelical clubs represent particular Protestant denominations, and others do not. The term “non-denominational” is often used by evangelical or fundamentalist churches which are not affiliated with larger organizations, or which are affiliated with larger organizations that do not consider themselves to be distinct “denominations”.
See the full list of evangelical clubs HERE
Catholics are Christians who trace their origin to Jesus, with teaching authority in the Church passed from him to the Apostle Peter and on to succeeding generations of bishops through the doctrine of apostolic succession. Catholic worship is centered on the celebration of Eucharist in the Mass. Our Savior Parish and the Caruso Catholic Center are located just a block from campus.
Orthodox Christianity has the same roots and basic traditions as the Catholic (Roman) Church, but with a distinctive set of doctrines and liturgical practices.
Progressive (Liberal Protestant)
Progressive Christians “take the Bible seriously because they don’t have to take it literally”, do not have a fixed doctrine, are especially focused on peacemaking and social justice, and are fully affirming of LGBTQ sexuality and same-sex marriage.
Progressive Christians at USC (United University Church, Presbyterian USA/United Methodist)
Lutheran Campus Ministry at USC (St Mark’s Lutheran Church, ELCA – Los Angeles)
The Episcopal or Anglican Church is an offshoot of the Roman Catholic Church, practicing a worship liturgy very similar to it and an organizational structure much like the Catholic and Orthodox, but with priests who can marry; its members and priests hold a wide range of interpretations of its doctrines.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a Christian church based on the Bible and on the Book of Mormon, revealed by the Angel Moroni to the prophet Joseph Smith in the early 19th century.
(For information about the Veritas Forum at USC, an evangelical speaker series, and a new evangelical Christian journal for USC students, contact the Co-Directors of Christian Life, Joe Thackwell and Bekah Estrada.)
(For information about the new Christian Spiritual Practices group and Desert Contemplatio retreats, open for students of all faith backgrounds, contact Rev. Jim Burklo, Sr Associate Dean of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.)
Christian life at USC is amazing! We have over 55 Christian clubs, so choosing one can be confusing. If you’d like some guidance about which one might be right for you, contact Rev. Jim Burklo, Senior Associate Dean of Religious Life, or Bekah Estrada, co-Director of Christian Life.
In addition to doctrinal differences among these clubs, there are differences in the programs and events that they offer. Each club has a unique mix that may include Bible study, community service, worship/prayer, fellowship/fun, and evangelism/proselytizing. What “mix” is right for you? Odds are, you’ll find the club that matches!
A cautionary: Many Christian groups on campus engage in discipling, in which staff or student leaders meet one-on-one with students to teach and guide them. Set your own boundaries about the level of engagement you want to have with any campus group and its members or staff. (Look HERE for information about problematic high-pressure practices in religious groups on campus.)
All Christian clubs, alphabetical order:
4Corners Christian Fellowship is a fellowship of brothers and sisters from all over the world and a Christian student group at USC. Our vision is to create a place where people from many cultures and diverse backgrounds can come together to experience God and journey alongside each other. Along the way we also hang out, eat good food, go on awesome trips, and just do college life together. At 4Corners, we try to recreate what we read in Acts chapter 2 of the Bible – ordinary folks forming an extraordinary community – and we invite you to join us! A ministry of GracePointLA Church. See our WELCOME VIDEO
Acts2Fellowship is a Christian fellowship open to all USC undergraduate students looking to grow in their faith, as well as to those who want to simply investigate and check out what Christianity is all about. We strive to live out the model of the early church portrayed in Acts 2. We meet for weekly Bible studies, and have a ton of fun along the way as we go on outings and activities. Hope you can check us out! A ministry of GracePointLA Church. See our WELCOME VIDEO
The Adventist Student Community aims to explore physical and mental health as it relates to Christian spirituality in an inclusive and affirming way for all students. This is an LGBTQ inclusive place. The organization endeavors to represent and provide deeper understanding of the values and beliefs of the Seventh-Day Adventist church, and aspires to showcase different biblical interpretations. Additionally, it seeks to foster an open community, consisting of people from all backgrounds, where all Bible discussion is welcome. Above all, the organization will strive to maintain a fellowship in order to welcome the Sabbath together and unwind from the stressors of the week.
Contact: Camille Verendia
Alpha Delta Chi is a national Christian sorority with three purposes: spiritual, scholastic and social. It offers the experience of sisterhood, with a focus on spiritual mentoring in Christ as well as fun social events within and outside of the Greek communities on campus.
Contact: Calvin Lee
Alpha Gamma Omega Fraternity is USC’s only Christian Fraternity and was chartered on February 3, 2001. Pi Chapter is the largest of any Alpha Gamma Omega chapter in the United States and is extremely active in national AGO events, as well as events within the Greek system here at USC. AGO is an influential member of one of the nation’s most prominent Greek communities and excels in the academic, athletic, philanthropic, and social activities of the Greek community while representing Christ in all that it does.
The campus group of Alpha Omega is a culturally and racially diverse group of Christians, seeking to live out what they learn from the Bible and to help others know the truth about Jesus Christ. They engage in many activities, from serving the homeless to having weekly Bible studies. See our WELCOME VIDEO
Amazing Grace is a student organization that engages the students through caring for their needs, providing a safe place for building relationships and the spiritual resources for one’s relationship with God. It is our purpose to develop a caring community of students who are transformed by Jesus Christ. We seek to welcome students from all nations, invite them to consider Christ. For those who choose to follow Christ, we help them to grow in faith, encourage them to passionately live life in a manner consistent with belief in the God of the Bible, and inspire commitment to advancing the purposes of God in the world.
University Advisor:Jeremy Wu
Asian American Christian Fellowship seeks to reach students, especially Asian Pacific Americans, with the message of Jesus Christ, and to help them grow as disciples and develop their spiritual gifts. Midweek activities include Bible studies, one-on-one discipleship meetings, and service projects, as well as the main Thursday fellowship time. Whether you’re looking for a Christian fellowship or Bible study to join or just want to know about Christianity and faith, come join us! AACF is a fellowship that loves Jesus and wants to reach the larger USC community with His life-changing gospel message. We are committed to making disciples by educating and equipping students in biblical foundations, Christian disciplines, and the development of spiritual gifts in order to prepare them for witness and service on the campus, in the church, in the marketplace, and in world missions. See our WELCOME VIDEO
Affiliated with Cru (a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ International)
Director: Michael Sylvester
The members of Athletes in Action proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to fellow athletes and others involved in sports. They offer spiritual and character development through Bible studies, social gatherings, and community work, and train athletes to minister to those whom they influence – fans, high school students, etc.
The ministry to USC athletes of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
The Bellman Chinese Christian Bible Study Group welcomes all Chinese-speaking people interested in Christianity and the Bible. The group studies the Bible together (in Mandarin Chinese). They offer a special welcome to new students coming from overseas who are seeking to adjust to life at USC. See our WELCOME VIDEO
Black Campus Ministries is a Christ-centered community designed to create a safe and welcoming space for all Black students by acknowledging our identities, empowering each other through authentic friendship, and effecting change in the people around us. Black Campus Ministries is a branch of InterVarsity Trojan Christian Fellowship. Join us weekly to get an idea of everything we do! See our WELCOME VIDEO
Bridges International encourages international students to explore how to have a relationship with God, to grow as Christians through worship and Bible study, to build friendships with other students through trips and weekly meetings, and to reach out to others. Activities are open to all regardless of religious background. We are committed to serving, promoting social connections and engaging in spiritual conversations with international students so that students become leaders internationally. See our WELCOME VIDEO
A progressive Christian fellowship combining strong liturgy and ancient tradition with open-mindedness, the Episcopal Church on campus invites a wide diversity of persons into an active, contemporary community of faith. It especially seeks to be a safe place for uncertain explorers as well as for those who are firm in their beliefs.
The Catholic Graduate Student Association is affiliated with the USC Catholic Center and Our Savior Parish, and is a group that welcomes Catholic graduate students and graduate students of all faiths to come together in fellowship. We offer many different activities such as dinners, SCCs (Small Christian Communities, similar to a Bible study), Worship and Adoration, service projects, beach volleyball and much more.
The USC Catholic Center offers multiple programs and activities for spiritual, social, and academic growth, including retreats, liturgies, service projects, leadership opportunities, faith-sharing groups, guest speakers, fun socials, and more. Mass is said morning and evening on Sundays, and also on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings. See our WELCOME VIDEO
Contact: Jacob Zorehkey
Chi Alpha University Christian Outreach is a Christian campus ministry on universities throughout the United States and around the world. We are a movement of college-age men and women earnestly following Jesus. We are not a fraternity or sorority. We invite everyone to be a part, regardless of background. We meet on campus in groups of varying size and style. These gatherings are informal, infused with music and interaction, and cover topics from relationships to the nature of truth. These meetings are opportunities for students to meet God, each other, and the needs of the community.
Christian Challenge seeks to lift up the name of Jesus Christ, develop Christian leaders, and nurture students in the Christian life that they may be lifelong laborers in the harvest. Historically linked with the Southern Baptist Convention, it is an interdenominational ministry found on 1,200 college campuses in the US. See our WELCOME VIDEO
Affiliated with Christian Medical & Dental Association
Contact: Hope Penner
The Christian Medical Dental Association offers Christian fellowship for students at the USC School of Dentistry, with weekly Bible studies and prayer meetings. Students have the opportunity to encourage each other, gain insight form local dental professionals, and become involved with our annual dental mission trip to Guatemala.
Christian Students at USC is the outreach ministry of the Church in Los Angeles, historically connected to the missionary efforts of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee. We are a group of simple Christians from diverse backgrounds who love the Lord Jesus Christ and love to dive into His Word. We have many Bible studies on campus, a Sunday morning campus ministry meeting, youth mentoring, and small group fellowship in a home setting. See our WELCOME VIDEO
We’re a Christ centered community of developers that create coding projects to advance God’s kingdom by loving and serving those around us and equipping the saints with tools to more effectively share the Gospel. See our WELCOME VIDEO
The Coptic Clubs of the Los Angeles Diocese are student-run organizations that provide a community for undergraduate and graduate students within the Orthodox Christian faith tradition. Each Coptic Club typically meets weekly for a talk and discussion with a guest speaker, followed by dinner. Other events include: Prayer meetings, Bible studies, Church services, Service projects, Social events such as dinners, bonfires, potlucks, sporting events, etc. The clubs also join together periodically for retreats, and other fun social events.
Affiliated with Campus Crusade for Christ International
CRU is committed to helping students to grow spiritually in an authentic relationship with Jesus. CRU offers small group Bible studies, prayer times, retreats and conferences, and summer mission projects, in addition to the larger “727” weekly gathering for fellowship and praise. See our WELCOME VIDEO
Contact: Drew Tsun
Fearless is an on-campus organization based out of a church in downtown Los Angeles called Fearless LA. Fearless organization holds worship nights on campus along with weekly community groups. The goal of Fearless organization is to create a place for students on campus to come together, encounter God, grow in their relationship and walk with Him, and develop deep friendships with other believers.
Contact: Chris Tucker
The Fellowship of Christian Physician Assistants meets weekly for Bible study, prayer, and fellowship at USC’s Alhambra campus, often with guest speakers addressing issues related to health or healthcare in today’s world.
Gould Christian Fellowship (GCF) seeks to provide a spiritual home for students as they attend law school and foster an environment in which students can grow in the Christian faith together. All are welcome at GCF, and we encourage students through connecting them to local churches, holding regular meetings for Bible study or prayer, and hosting other types of fellowship.
Grace on Campus is a ministry of Grace Community Church in which students learn to cultivate their relationship with Jesus Christ and glorify Him in all they do. Weekly meetings on campus focus on instruction from God’s word, worship through song, fellowship, and discipleship.
Contact: Jordan Hunter
Greek InterVarsity is a ministry to fraternity and sorority students. We are dedicated to helping Greeks navigate the tension between Greek Life and the Faith Life. While we are a Christian ministry dedicated to helping students learn about and follow Jesus, we gladly welcome any person from any background to attend.
Affiliated with White Harvest Evangelical Church
Director: Jeremy Chen (email@example.com)
Student Leader: Deborah Ho (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In Christ Alone Ministry is a campus movement focused on making disciples to enjoy Jesus and reach the world for Him! Through one-to-one discipleship, small group Bible study, large group fellowship, praise nights, fun activities, conferences, events, and missions opportunities, we hope to be a community of grace in which students will learn to follow Jesus in every area of their lives and make His love known to others!
InterVarsity-Trojan Christian Fellowship is a witnessing community of Christians growing in love for God, for God’s Word, for God’s people of every ethnicity and culture, and for God’s purposes in the world. It is committed to being a multi-ethnic community, a place where diverse groups of students become spiritual family. We focus on learning how to hear God’s voice in our lives, learn how to study the Bible for ourselves and in community and how to share our faith. We’d love to meet you, please go to our website to see what we’re up to and fill out a contact form and we’ll reach out! See our WELCOME VIDEO
Director: Jerry Romasco
The Graduate Christian Fellowship of USC is a ministry of InterVarsity’s Graduate and Faculty Ministries and exists to both connect Christian grad students and to provide ways of thriving in graduate school. We do this through gathering together to pray, discuss and integrate our faith with our work. Our community includes both domestic and international graduate students, and we hope it is a community that can be a resource and a blessing during the unique experience of graduate work and life.
CSF is a group for anyone who wants to be encouraged in their Christian faith or who is interested in learning more about how the love of Jesus changes lives. We meet on the Health Sciences Campus and like to spend time together talking, eating, taking trips and learning how God’s love for us teaches us to love our patients, our communities and one another. You do not need to be a medical student to join us so invite your friends from pharmacy, OT, PT, anywhere at HSC! Weekly Wed Lunch meeting, noon, KAM B34. Mon PM Bible Study, Currie Hall (email for info).
Korean Christian Association (KCA)
Contact: Keun Won Kim
KCA is Christian club in purpose of educating and fostering Christian Leaders in all fields of profession, such as accounting, medical, music, and others. Our club provides strong elite alumni connections and programs with Christian belief and culture.
KCM exists to care for the collegian by discipling them to value the glory of God through local and global witness to ultimately benefit and build up the local church of Jesus Christ. KCM’s mission is to obey the Great Commission by disciplining and mobilizing collegians through being the evangelistic arm of the local church and building future leaders for the church and world by mobilizing the Christian community to share the gospel. We are open to all students regardless of their beliefs and backgrounds and eager to share the saving love of Jesus Christ. Join us for a great time of fellowship and community! Please check out our social media handles to get a better idea of who we are, what we do, and what we stand for! Follow us to stay updated on new locations and times for meetings every semester.
LaFe is a leg of InterVarsity Trojan Christian Fellowship. We aim to make Christian community more accessible to the Latino/a community at USC and to develop quality Christian leaders. LaFe is committed to developing Latino leaders who serve the campus community with the love of Jesus Christ as they explore God, faith, and the experiences of our people. See our WELCOME VIDEO
Latter-day Saints believe that God is the Father and human beings are his children, for whom he has a plan as outlined in the scriptures. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is neither Catholic nor Protestant, but rather claims to be a latter-day restoration of first century Christianity. See our WELCOME VIDEO
LIGHT Campus Ministries
Advisor: Anthony Yin
At LIGHT campus ministries, students learn what it means to be Living in God’s Hope and Truth (LIGHT). Through fellowship, worship, mentorship, and Bible studies, we seek to foster spiritual growth and maturity. Starting from building a believer’s foundation on firm knowledge and faith, our goal is to understand the hope and purpose God has for us and to empower each other to let our light shine!
Lighthouse at USC
The purpose of this organization is to provide opportunities for students to be connected to the local church in order to further enrich spiritual life on campus.
Los Angeles United Church – Campus Ministry
Contact: Jack Myung Yoon
L.A. United Church’s mission is to help train, nurture and cultivate young Christians to integrate Jesus Christ’s teachings and faith in Him into everyday life. The campus ministry provides USC students and staff a platform to share God’s love and have fellowship with each other.
The Lutheran Campus Ministry is a worshiping Christian community integrated with the members of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church across the street from USC’s campus at 3651 South Vermont Avenue. Our church partners with St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, across the street from USC’s campus at 3651 South Vermont Avenue, site of “A Community Place”, providing lunches to hungry people. Worship at 10am Sundays, Multigenerational Bible Study at 7pm Wednesdays.
The enthusiastic souls of Overflow A Cappella have a new mission in mind: to glorify and praise God through the awesomeness that is a cappella music! As a group of students whose lives God has drastically changed through his love, we aim to share that love and passion through music. So sit back, enjoy, and be inundated with an overflow of music, an overflow of passion, and most importantly, as our favorite Bible verse says, an “overflow of praise” (Psalm 119:171).
Power of Praise Church offers Sunday services, weekly Bible studies and praise meetings with a particular focus on the needs of international students. At its student internet cafe’, The Well, in the University Village, newly arrived students can find friendship and practical assistance in adapting to new surroundings (housing, transport, etc.).
In loving fellowship and spiritual practice, we follow in the historic traditions of Christian faith, interpreting them in light of social and scientific progress. We find grace in intellectual and contemplative engagement with our faith. We believe there is more value in questioning than in absolute answers: we take the Bible seriously because we don’t have to take it literally. We affirm that other religions can be as good for others as ours is good for us. We strive to make our earth a heavenly place of peace, justice, kindness, and beauty: we don’t believe anybody is going to hell. We affirm LGBT sexuality and we celebrate same-sex marriages. Conocimiento: Alternative Spring Break experience in Arizona – activism for border justice. FACEBOOK PAGE Sponsored by United University Church in Los Angeles. See our WELCOME VIDEO
The primary purpose of QCF is to provide a solid foundation of Bible-based instruction, equipping our members to preach and teach the Gospel. We will provide opportunities for students to give back to God and the community through acts of service and hospitality.
RUF (Reformed University Fellowship) is the official campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America. This ministry holds to the district teachings of the historic reformation, such as the authority of the inspired scriptures, the grace of the gospel, salvation by faith alone through Christ alone, and all to the glory of God alone. The ministry consequently places ordained pastors who must subscribe the historic teachings on the college campus to work with the students who will lead the ministry. RUF welcomes any student from any background to come be a part of what they are doing at USC. See our WELCOME VIDEO
Affiliated with ReJOYce in Jesus Ministries Inc.
Directors: Ira Dotson, Linda Wootton (Wootton@usc.edu)
ReJOYce in Jesus Campus Fellowship seeks to help students develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, placing Jesus at the center of their lives and of their weekly fellowship on campus. Meetings focus on hearing God’s Word from the Bible, and seeking principles from the Bible to guide everyday life. See our WELCOME VIDEO
Originally the “USC Gospel Choir,” Saved By Grace, was formed in September 1998. SBG is dedicated and committed to spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ through music and spiritual fellowship Members need not have formal singing or choir experience, just a willingness to express themselves through song. SBG meets on Sunday nights at 7 pm in the Fishbowl Chapel in the University Religious Center.
Director: Kenny Farve
Student President: Nancy Pacheco
If you have an amazing smile that penetrates the hearts of children, a desire to travel and have an impact on the world… Then come follow us on this incredible journey that changes lives… Our model is taken from an orphanage we serve in Mexico that says ” Go and change the world and comeback changed forever”.
Our club and organization is a missions team that reaches out to the poor and disenfranchised in the countries of Cape Town South Africa, Vicente Guerrero Mexico, Oaxaca Mexico and Los Angeles CA. Every member will go through our one year training program that includes CAMPUS ALPHA , a short term missions trip to Foundation for his ministry, a CERT certification for natural disaster relief training and ministry training for those member who desire to be active christian campus ministers. Every and all USC students are invited to join us on this journey, so lets pack our luggage strap and strap on our back pack and “Lets Go”!
Sponsored by Every Nation City Church in Los Angeles
Shepherds Club is a Christian evangelical student organization, affiliated with University Bible Fellowship. It is dedicated to the task of campus evangelism. The purpose of this organization is to teach students the Bible and to help them to live according to its teachings. We focus primarily on studying the Bible in a one-to-one setting to go deeper into God’s Word and to help reveal God personally. See our WELCOME VIDEO
Contact: Kiki Miller
The purpose of this group is to provide a safe space for students to discuss their views on scriptures and how they can be applied to their lives.The group is open for any students and faculty at USC as some members are recent alumni of the university. There should be plenty of opportunities for students to find the spiritual relationship that they’re looking for and this group will provide another opportunity for students.
South LA Christian Life is an eclectic group of followers of Jesus, who seek to engage the ancient text in a relevant way, practice faith as it intersects all of life, and interact with neighborhood youth through tutoring. See our WELCOME VIDEO
Contact: Michelle Wang
Tapestry College Ministry exists to provide a direct outlet for students searching for Christian communities. Partnering with Tapestry LA Church, a local church in the Los Angeles area, Tapestry College Ministry aims to reach students on the USC campus and guide them into a smoother transition into the church environment. Tapestry College Ministry desires to provide a safe, Christ-centered community within the borders of this campus.
TMBeloved is a Christian bible study group within the Trojan Marching Band that aims to know Christ and make Him known, particularly in the band. Members aim to know Christ by worshipping Him and studying and applying His Word together, and to make Him known primarily through both living out and sharing His truths with others. As a whole, TMBeloved strives to follow and glorify God, and contribute to the work of His kingdom on earth by His compelling love and grace.
UHOP is a Christian organization whose goal is to mobilize 24/7 prayer on the USC campus. Each semester, we host extended 24-hour prayer vigils, where students are invited to encounter God through worship music, scripture meditation, prayer, dance and art. Our students also host regular prayer walks around the campus and perform random acts of kindness and offer prayer to other individuals, students, faculty and staff. UHOP wants to see a movement of love for God and love for people spread on the campus. See our WELCOME VIDEO
A Friendship Group for USC Internationals Hosted by Christians. Welcoming All Cultures and Faiths.
Worldwide Friends builds intercultural friendships through Snack Chat! every Tuesday afternoon and weekend events including hikes, surfing trips, picnics, sports activities, snow play and parties. Every September students have the opportunity to develop a relationship with an American family or friend. You are also invited you to learn more about God through the Bible if you wish. See our WELCOME VIDEO
Affiliated with Young Life International
Young Life College at USC meets students where they are, without judgment, by accepting them exactly where they are. No matter what their religious background or faith journey, we invite students to be a part of our large “club” meetings where students can have fun, be themselves and hear about God’s love for them. Building community in order to develop Christian leaders is what YLC@USC is all about. See our WELCOME VIDEO
Zion Fellowship is a big Christian, Mandarin speaking loving family for students who are Chinese speaking. ZF was established in Fall of 2011, and sponsored by Glory Lutheran Church. We have gatherings every Thursday evening. Usually a light dinner is provided before the meeting. We have a variety of programs including games, movies, worship, Bible study, etc. Joining ZF can be a turning point in your life. We look forward to seeing you. See our WELCOME VIDEO