John Brown University
2000 W. University St., Siloam Springs, AR 72761
Living out our mission
The "hand" of JBU's educational philosophy applies not only to classroom learning but to the spiritual service of our students. Active involvement in our community and our world is key to students' growth.
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Vision + action trips
In line with JBU's motto of Head, Heart, Hand, JBU students have several opportunities to go out from JBU to grow in understanding of God's work in the world, experience worship in a variety of contexts, and serve others here in the U.S. and abroad.
- Chicago Urban Vision: Designed to help students learn about and from inner-city cultures and about ministry in these cultures.
- Tulsa Vision & Service: Serving alongside the community development ministries of Crossover Bible Church in North Tulsa.
- Spring Break Action: Partnering with Samaritan's Purse, a team of students will serve areas affected by natural disasters in the region by participating in ongoing rebuilding efforts.
- Atlanta Refugee Encounter: Partnering with Friends of Refugees, trip participants will work alongside and learn from refugees and those who work to settle, care for, and train refugees in the Atlanta area.
- El Paso Border Encounter: Join a trip to the US/Mexico border to explore the various complexities of immigration and help serve alongside Abara.
- Chicago Community Development Encounter: Explore issues of race and poverty and the intersection of the gospel with Bridge Builders in Chicago.
Local ministry opportunities
CAUSE is a collective of student-led ministries that mobilize students to serve others. Participating in CAUSE allows students to apply their knowledge and skills alongside their God-given gifts and passions to share the gospel through word and deed.
Ministry opportunities can vary from year to year but have included jail ministry, Big Brothers Big Sisters, mentoring and tutoring of elementary-age children, refugee support and coming alongside young or expectant mothers. Want to start a new ministry? SMLT will guide you through the process.
Student Ministry Leadership Team (SMLT)
SMLT is a group of student leaders who serve in various roles, including directing ministry opportunities and serving as student ministry chaplains.
Action + encounter trips
Serving beyond our community
JBU offers several Action and Encounter trips each year during Fall Break and Spring Break to help students understand God's work in the world, experience worship in various contexts and serve others. Closer trips, to Tulsa, for example, are sometimes held on weekends.
Some examples of trips include:
- Partnering with Samaritan's Purse to serve in areas affected by natural disasters.
- Explore issues of race and poverty and the intersection of the gospel with Bridge Builders in Chicago.
- Work alongside and learn from refugees in Atlanta with Friends of Refugees.
- Visit the U.S./Mexico border to explore the complexities of immigration and help serve alongside Abara.