Community Ministries

"We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus; sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body." – II Corinthians 4:10-11

Our groups serve in locations ranging from schools, elderly homes, and homeless shelters to churches and children's hospitals, among many others. Every PLNU student can find a place to serve. No special skills or abilities are required, just a desire to give, receive, and be blessed by the rich relationships formed in Christian ministry.

Browse our ministries to find one (or more!) you'd like to join.

Ministries

Homeless Ministries

We offer four opportunities a week to serve our homeless neighbors in San Diego. We make sack dinners and coffee before driving to the day’s location to build relationships, share food, pray, worship, and encourage our homeless friends. Join us to prepare food, serve, or both!

Tuesdays: Bread of Life
Meal Prep: 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
Service: 6:30 – 9 p.m.

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

Wednesdays: Night of Outreach
Meal Prep: 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
Service: 6:30 – 9 p.m.

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

Thursdays: Threshold
Meal Prep: 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.
Service: 5:30 – 8 p.m.

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

Fridays: Beacon of Light
Meal Prep: 4:45 – 5:45 p.m.
Service: 6 – 9 p.m.

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

Surf & Serve
Tuesdays: 4:45 – 7 p.m.

Meet at the cross at the front of campus for transportation to Sacred Heart Church in OB.
Surf & Serve meets weekly, alternating every other week between serving our homeless neighbors in Ocean Beach and gathering for fellowship and surfing. 
Contact: surfandserve@pointloma.ed

Tutoring and Mentoring Ministries

If you have a passion for helping and teaching others, join one of our tutoring and mentoring ministries!

ALIMA
Tuesdays: 4:15 – 7 p.m.

Departs from the loading dock behind Nicholson Commons
ALIMA tutoring works with local Somali children in the City Heights neighborhood, offering tutoring and a safe place for after-school activities. Dinner is provided.
Contact: alimatutoring@pointloma.edu

Kids at Heart: Iglesia Presbiteriana
Wednesdays: 5:15 – 8 p.m.

Meet in the Caf lobby
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.
Contact: kidsatheart@pointloma.edu

Reality Changers
Thursdays: 6 – 9:30 p.m.

Departs from the loading dock behind Nicholson Commons
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. Dinner is provided.
Contact: realitychangers@pointloma.edu

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

Departs from the loading dock behind Nicholson Commons
T.H.R.I.V.E. tutoring partners with Episcopal Refugee Network to tutor K-12 refugees from around the world in City Heights.
Contact: thrive@pointloma.edu

 

Creative and Visiting Ministries

Join us as we visit the sick, elderly, and others, using creative activities to build relationships and spread God’s love.

Agape
Monthly activities

Please contact us to stay up-to-date on our 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.
Contact: agape@pointloma.edu

Beloved
Tuesdays: 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Please contact us for information about our next visit.
Beloved Ministry engages with medically fragile children living at Rady Children’s Hospital through interactive and creative activities.
Contact: beloved@pointloma.edu

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

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

Master’s Hands
Weekly practice Thursdays: 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)
The Master’s Hands ministry team uses puppetry to present the Gospel and show God’s love. We go where we are invited, performing shows at churches, various ministries, and events on campus.
Contact: mastershands@pointloma.edu

Turning Pointe
Weekly practice Mondays: 7:30 – 9 p.m. | Monthly activities

Weekly practices in Cunningham B (the room at the back of the Caf, accessible on the north side of Nicholson Commons)
Turning Pointe is a safe place to relieve stress and create intentional relationships by using dance as a medium of worship.
Contact: turningpointe@pointloma.edu

 

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.

 

Leadership Applications

Interested in leading one of our community ministries? Please thoroughly read the leader information before you apply so you know exactly what the expectations are and the required dates for training, retreats, weekly meetings, etc. We trust you have already experienced and been involved with a ministry, and are praying about a deeper commitment through leading a ministry.

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