The vision of Mercy College is to grow students into disciples who make disciples through the local church and send them to all nations to the glory of God.
We are a relationship-based movement that focuses on training our students to see all of life through the lens of being a disciple and a disciple maker. We do this through relationships, with college staff and students that meet weekly around the Word, prayer, community, and leadership development.
Why College Students?
College students make up 1% of the population, and they may be the most strategic 1% in the world. College students are the next culture shapers in the U.S. and around the world. If we can reach the next generation of college students we can change the world for Christ. Our desire is to be a ministry that makes disciples, who make disciples, who make disciples… and send them all over the world for God’s glory.
What We Do
Mercy College students meet together regularly in various settings:
This time is designed to equip and encourage students to make disciples who make disciples. Discipleship groups meet once a week on campus in small groups to study God’s Word, pray, and push each other towards Christ.
This is an informal environment for students to love one another and engage non-Christians with gospel centered community. Family groups also meet once a week on campus and are made up of discipleship group members.
Once a month, all Mercy College students gather together on campus for training in discipleship and prayer for gospel movement.
City Project is a two-month, intensive discipleship and missional experience where students serve locally, nationally, and internationally. City Project move includes one week in New York City, five weeks in Charlotte, and two weeks overseas. Students learn how to apply the gospel to every aspect of their lives and make disciples who make disciples. These eight weeks immerse students in the local church and global cities, and teach them how to make disciples who love God, love each other, and love our world.
In New York City, students travel for one week to engage Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, and Buddhists with the gospel. We partner with Global Gates Ministries who have been successfully doing ministry among these people groups for many years.
The middle of the summer includes several weeks in Charlotte, receiving practical theological and ministry training by pastors from Mercy Church. During this time students will learn to effectively share the gospel, think through difficult cultural and theological topics, and give their lives away to the city of Charlotte in response to the gospel through internships with local ministries.
During the last two weeks of the summer, students will travel abroad to serve alongside Mercy Church’s international church planting partners. This is an excellent opportunity to explore the mission of God, develop a heart for the nations, and better understand what it means to leverage your life for the gospel of Jesus Christ outside of the United States.