Community Ministries

"We have this HOPE as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure."
– Hebrews 6:19 (NIV)

Community Ministries' volunteer groups serve in various locations throughout San Diego, serving with a variety of people groups. We pray that every PLNU student will find a place where they enjoy serving amongst the variety of options. No special skills or abilities are required, just a desire to give, receive, and be blessed by the rich relationships formed in Christian ministry, and the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ here on earth. We provide transportation and student leaders that oversee each ministry outing, and partner with amazing nonprofit organizations here in San Diego that invite us and are excited to have us join them in their work.

We encourage you to email the ministry you are interested in serving with in advance to get on their weekly email list. Student leaders will communicate any volunteer info and send out weekly sign up lists. Space is limited and we will try our best to accommodate everyone who wants to participate, and/or help you find a ministry with openings.

Ministries

Homeless Ministries

We offer five weekly opportunities to visit with our homeless neighbors. Three nights a week we make sack dinners and coffee before driving downtown to build relationships, share food, pray, worship, and encourage our homeless friends. Join us to prepare food, serve, or both! We serve indoors twice a week, sharing a hot meal at the Alpha Project Bridge Tent and Sacred Heart Church.

Tuesdays: Bread of Life
Meal Prep: 5 – 6 p.m.
Service: 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Departs from the loading dock behind Nicholson Commons
Contact: breadoflife@pointloma.edu

Wednesdays: Wednesday Night Outreach
Meal Prep: 5 – 6 p.m.
Service: 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Departs from the loading dock behind Nicholson Commons
Contact: wednesdayoutreach@pointloma.edu

Fridays: Beacon of Light
Meal Prep: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Service: 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Departs from the loading dock behind Nicholson Commons
Contact: beaconoflight@pointloma.edu

Bridge Project
4 – 6:30 p.m.

Bridge Project serves the dinner meal at the Alpha Project Bridge Tent south of East Village. We head out weekly to serve dinner and build relationships with the male and female residents that are transitioning out of homelessness. We meet at the loading dock behind Nicholson Commons.

Contact: bridgeproject@pointloma.edu

Surf & Serve
Tuesdays: 5:15 – 7 p.m.

Surf & Serve meets weekly, alternating every other week between serving our homeless neighbors in Ocean Beach and gathering for alternate service projects, fellowship, and surfing. Meet at the cross at the front of campus for transportation to Sacred Heart Church in Ocean Beach.

Contact: surfandserve@pointloma.edu

Tutoring and Mentoring Ministries

If you have a passion to serve K-12 students through homework help and mentoring, Tutoring & Mentoring Ministries is the place for you! It is a blessing for the after-school programs we serve with to have college students share their experiences and knowledge with the younger students, and encourage them in their studies and future college and vocational goals. No experience required!

ALIMA
Tuesdays: 4:15 – 7:30 p.m.

ALIMA tutoring works with children who have immigrated from East Africa to the City Heights neighborhood, offering tutoring and a safe place for after-school activities. Dinner is provided. Departs from the loading dock behind Nicholson Commons.

Contact: alimatutoring@pointloma.edu

Kids at Heart: Iglesia Presbiteriana
Wednesdays: 5 – 8 p.m.

Kids at Heart: Iglesia Presbiteriana partners with the nonprofit organization UPLIFT San Diego to provide tutoring, after-school activities, and mentoring for K-12 students in the Golden Hill neighborhood. Meet in the Caf lobby.

Contact: kidsatheart@pointloma.edu

Reality Changers
Thursdays: 5:45 – 9:30 p.m.

The Reality Changers tutoring ministry partners with the nonprofit organization Reality Changers to mentor, provide tutoring help, and share a meal with potential and former at-risk teens in City Heights who will be the first in their families to attend college. Dinner is provided. Departs from the loading dock behind Nicholson Commons.

Contact: realitychangers@pointloma.edu

T.H.R.I.V.E.
Wednesdays: 2:45 – 5:45 p.m.

T.H.R.I.V.E. tutoring partners with Episcopal Refugee Network to tutor K-12 students who are refugees from around the world, now living in City Heights. Departs from the loading dock behind Nicholson Commons.

Contact: thrive@pointloma.edu

Creative and Visiting Ministries

Join us as we share our lives with local seniors, children, youth, and adults who are differently abled, and medically fragile kids living in the hospital by using creative activities and talents to build relationships and spread God's love.

Agape
Monthly activities

Agape Ministry partners with various organizations to serve children and adults with special needs, form relationships, and grow closer to God in an inclusive community. Our schedule varies, so email us to get on our mailing list for monthly activities. Departs from the loading zone behind Nicholson Commons.

Contact: agape@pointloma.edu

Beloved
Monthly activities during flu season

Beloved Ministry engages with medically fragile children living at Rady Children's Hospital through interactive and creative activities. During flu season, we find creative ways to bless the kids through seasonal card-making nights on campus and/or supporting other ministries. Email us to get on our mailing list for monthly activities and to find out when the flu restrictions get lifted.

Contact: beloved@pointloma.edu

Elderly Outreach
Saturdays: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Elderly Outreach ministry partners with a local senior assisted-living facility. We build relationships with the senior residents through friendship, prayer, kindness, and love. Departs from the loading dock behind Nicholson Commons.

Contact: elderlyoutreach@pointloma.edu

Master’s Hands
Weekly practice Wednesdays: 5 – 6 p.m. | Monthly activities

Weekly practices are in the Robinson Conference Room (third floor of Nicholson Commons, accessible by the stairs inside the main Caf entrance)

Master's Hands ministry team uses puppetry to show God's love. We go where we are invited, performing shows at churches, various ministries, and events on campus. No experience required!

Contact: mastershands@pointloma.edu

Want even more options? Explore other student volunteer opportunities outside of PLNU.

Are you a community organization interested in partnering with us? Please submit your information.

2019-2020 Leadership Applications

Are you interested in co-leading one of our community ministries? Please thoroughly read the 2019-2020 Leader Info before you apply so you know exactly what the expectations are, and the required dates for training, retreats, weekly meetings, etc. We trust that you have already experienced and been involved with a PLNU Homeless, Tutoring & Mentoring, and/or Visiting & Creative ministry this year, and that you are praying about a deeper commitment through co-leading a ministry.

As part of the application process, you will need (2) adult references. Please send the Reference Form link to at least (2) adults that are a) willing to serve as references for you, b) can speak to your spiritual, emotional, and psychological maturity, and c) can provide a reference by March 15th. Appropriate adult references may be a current or former: teacher, professor, pastor, employer, mentor, and/or coach.  They should NOT be a parent, fellow student, roommate, and/or significant other.

Once you submit your application, you will receive an email response with instructions on how to schedule an interview, and a reminder to request references from two adult references. Note: the application deadline is Friday, March 15th.

New Leader Application

Returning Leader Application

Reference Form

A PLNU student tutors a child through Alima Tutoring Ministry.
A PLNU student tutors a child through Alima Tutoring Ministry.
In downtown San Diego, students serve through PLNU's Beacon of Light homeless ministry.
In downtown San Diego, students serve through PLNU's Beacon of Light homeless ministry.
Students engage in discussion as part of PLNU's Community Classroom in City Heights.
Students engage in discussion as part of PLNU's Community Classroom in City Heights.
Quay Snyder (14) surfs at Sunset Cliffs as part of PLNU's Surf and Serve ministry.
Quay Snyder (14) surfs at Sunset Cliffs as part of PLNU's Surf & Serve ministry.

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