Who Are We?
The Johns Hopkins University Graduate Christian Fellowship (GCF) is a community of Christians from a variety of denominational backgrounds seeking to serve Christ to the best of our abilities within our academic fields. We are a chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF), a national, inter-denominational organization created to build Christian fellowship and outreach in the academic world. We exist to complement (not replace) the purposes of our members’ local churches.
Who Can Participate?
Although our group is primarily focused on serving Christian graduate students and post docs at JHU, our activities are certainly not restricted in any way. We hope that grad students, undergrads, and non-students will feel equally welcome at our meetings. We also want to be a place where persons of all beliefs and backgrounds can freely come to learn about God and the Bible or to participate in any of our activities.
There is no official “membership” in GCF and no list of requirements for participation.
If you are an undergrad looking for a group specializing in college-age students, consider Hopkins Christian Fellowship, our sister organization for undergrads at JHU. But you are welcome to participate in our group regardless.
The vision of GCF (taken from 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12) is:
“…that [our] God may count [us] worthy of [our] calling and that by His power He may fulfill every good purpose of [ours] and every act prompted by [our] faith, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in [us], and [we] in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
The efforts of our group are intended to work toward the following four purposes:
- To worship and glorify God by being faithful to Him and obeying His commands.
- To provide fellowship primarily, but not exclusively, for graduate students and post docs.
- To equip the members of the fellowship through God’s Word to better integrate our faith with our academic fields, to develop our God-given gifts and talents, and to discern God’s will for our future endeavors.
- To seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10) among grad students, faculty, and others in the Hopkins community.
What Do We Believe?
Although no one must agree with the following doctrinal statements to participate in any of our activities, we as a group subscribe to the basic truths of Biblical Christianity in order to fulfill the purposes stated above. In agreement with IVCF, these include:
- The unique, divine inspiration, entire trustworthiness, and authority of the Bible.
- The deity of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- The necessity and efficacy of the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ for the redemption of the world, and the historic fact of his bodily resurrection.
- The presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the work of regeneration.
- The expectation of the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
You may also wish to view our answers to some frequently asked questions about Christianity.
What Do We Do?
Small group and large group gatherings make up the core activities of GCF. We currently have two weekly small group gatherings, which provide a time for Bible study, prayer, and fellowship. Additionally, we gather in a large group format on the first Tuesday of each month for a time of worship through songs and to hear a message from a Christian speaker in our community.
We also hold retreats, host speakers, have prayer meetings, and gather informally for meals and other activities. GCF also exists to provide a network of social connections through which people can build friendships and find others which may be interested in activities that you enjoy.
When and Where?
Please see our “Gatherings and Activities” page for more information.