TCBC and College Students
From its beginnings, TCBC has been a community where students are welcomed and cared for. So it continues to be our desire that here at TCBC, you will find a home where you are loved, encouraged in your spiritual journey, and equipped for a life time of spiritual influence and intimacy with Jesus.
Will there be other students there? Yes! On any given Sunday during the school year, we average around 300 students, (which makes up about half of the worshiping community). So yes! There are plenty of other students.
What time are Worship services? During the school year, Worship services are at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Over summer breaks, there is one service at 10 a.m. During winter breaks, there is one service at 10:45 a.m.
In what ways can I, as a student, get involved in the Community life of TCBC?
- Opportunities to Worship: TCBC is committed to providing solid, meaningful worship where God’s Word is preached, God is worshiped, and the sacraments of baptism and communion are observed. Key to all of this is TCBC’s commitment to provide a worship service that is always a place where college students are welcomed, loved, and encouraged in their lives of faith.
- Opportunities to Serve: For those who can afford the time commitment, we offer opportunities for college students to jump in and serve in ministry at TCBC (Christian Education, Youth Ministry, Worship and Praise teams, etc.). And as they serve, they will gain the experience of rubbing shoulders with older brothers and sisters in the church who can provide encouragement and mentoring in the faith. For more information, contact Pastor Allen Wakabayashi.
- Opportunities to Learn: Throughout the year, TCBC provides Christian Formation classes that are relevant for the faith development of college students. Most of these classes are oriented not just for college students, but for all interested adults. Therefore, college students will be able to benefit not only from the good instruction, but also from the fellowship with older brothers and sisters from the TCBC family. For more information, contact our Minister of Christian Education, Kay Miller.
- Opportunities to do Your Laundry for Free: Every year, we seek to have TCBC families "adopt" students - to provide a home away from home for them. TCBC loves students and this is one way we seek to extend Jesus' love to them. Unfortunately, sign ups for the Adopt a Student program are now closed. We do sign ups at the start of each school year.
- Opportunities to Serve the Community: On the first Saturday of every month, from 9 a.m. to noon, TCBC sends a team to empty tomb to help the ministry in its outreach to the poor and those in need in our community. Working alongside adults and families from TCBC, students can both reach out in compassion to those in need and also fellowship with other brothers and sisters from the TCBC family. For more info contact Pastor Allen Wakabayashi.
- Opportunities for Fellowship: Throughout the year, we hold significant social events where the campus and community come together for fellowship. Examples include: Student Lunches that take place once a semester and the annual Fall Harvest Party (complete with a hayride!). Just watch our schedule for our next social event.
We support campus ministries such as InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Campus Crusade for Christ (“Cru”), Navigators, Students for Christ, etc. They are extensions of our church out onto the campus. You see, we fully believe that God has called these para-church campus ministries to reach out to campus with the life-giving message of Jesus. We believe that in many ways, these ministries can be more effective than the local church in reaching college students for Christ and helping them grow in faith and spiritual maturity. Therefore, we heartily encourage all college students to explore and find a home in one of these campus fellowships.
Real World Faith: However, we also believe that God has called TCBC to collaborate with the para-church in order to help students become life-long followers of Jesus who are committed not only to Jesus but to His Body, the Church. Therefore, what TCBC seeks to provide for students is a church home where they can experience the intergenerational Body of Christ. We seek to be a place where there are opportunities for students to meaningfully connect with brothers and sisters in Christ beyond the college peer community. And as the campus and community come together in unity, we believe we will embody the kingdom of God for Champaign/Urbana and also out to a watching world.