Welcome! The Harbor is a CCO campus ministry at Slippery Rock University in partnership with Gateway Church. We seek to invite students into genuine community, grow together through Bible study and discussion, and send each other into our campus community as disciples of Jesus Christ. Learn more at our About page! We need you! Our blog gives an opportunity for YOU—yes, you—to write about how you are seeking Jesus in your major, your campus involvements, or other aspects of your life. If you are interested in submitting a post, click here for more info.

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Christ calls us to be his hands and feet in his world. We’ll serve folks in need together, serve each other, and explore how this calls us to even more than attending a weekend service retreat! (Oh, and we’ll have a lot of fun together too!) Register here right now!

The Harbor meets every Wednesday at 8:30pm in the Student Center 3rd floor meeting rooms. (Hang a left at the top of the stairs, walk through the double doors, and you'll see our sign!) We spend a little time together learning the context of a passage from the Bible, and then we split into smaller groups to study that text. At the end of the night, there are always tasty snacks. Join us this week for #HarborWednesday! Also, join us for worship every Sunday at Gateway Church—10:30am in the Student Center Ballroom. (That's right, we're on campus!) We're a church where folks in the Slippery Rock and Grove City area join with students from SRU and our neighbor, Grove City College, to worship Jesus together! College students are part of our family at Gateway, and we'd love for you to worship with us this Sunday.

Besides our Wednesday night Bible study and Gateway, we often have fun events on the weekends. Stop by QualiTEA Time every Tuesday afternoon by the SGA Pavilion in the Quad for some free gourmet looseleaf tea and a chance to meet some new friends! Also, keep your eyes peeled for The Dock, our (completely free) coffeehouse with live music and spoken word, hot drinks, and delicious snacks twice every semester.

The Harbor is a ministry of the CCO—the Coalition for Christian Outreach. The CCO calls college students to serve Jesus Christ with their entire lives. We have a great student leadership team, and two CCO campus ministers who help lead The Harbor. Sam and Leah spend time on campus, meeting with students and getting involved in SRU campus life. You'll often find them at Starbucks, enjoying some good conversation!

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Because the primary way God has continually revealed himself to his people throughout time is through his written Word, Bible reading is perhaps the most crucial spiritual discipline we can commit to. But we believe Christians ought to read widely—read Scripture, and also read books that will deepen your understanding of God's world, help you develop godly wisdom, and equip you to follow Jesus in a broken world. Below are several book recommendations in various categories. We vouch for these titles—you will grow as you read, discuss, and process these books. All of them can be bought from our friend and favorite bookseller, Byron Borger at Hearts & Minds Books. Simply send Byron an email at read@heartsandmindsbooks.com and tell him what you want!

Academic Faithfulness

Learning for the Love of God, Derek Melleby & Don Opitz

Jubilee 2018 Logo.jpg So you've got questions about Jubilee? You've come to the right place.

What is Jubilee? Jubilee is an annual weekend conference hosted by the CCO where 3000+ students from all over the country explore our call to live faithfully in every area of life.

When and where? February 23-25, 2018 The Westin & David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Do I have to find a place to stay in Pittsburgh? Nope! The cost of the conference includes a two-night stay in the Omni William Penn Hotel, which is gorgeous and super nice. And there's a Starbucks in the lobby. (But if you're local and want to save some money and commute, that's an option.)

Do I have to find a ride down and back? No way! We take a bus to the conference and back to the Rock.

What about food? We'll cover all of your meals except lunch on Saturday. We've got you, fam.

What's the cost? $259 ($169 registration + $90 housing in a 4 person room) until February 1 $279 ($189 registration + $90 housing in a 4 person room) until February 15 $289 ($199 registration + $90 housing in a 4 person room) onsite Notice the trend--the earlier you register, the better! But check this out: you only have to pay $50 when you register. The rest can be paid the week before Jubilee. So go ahead and register now. You'll thank yourself--or your parents will thank you--later.

Money is tight. What if I can't afford the cost? We have a scholarship fund that gets distributed to students who want to go, but can't afford it on their own. If you're interested in helping us raise money, and/or have a financial need yourself, please talk to Sam. (Sometimes students are shy about asking for money. Don't feel bad. That's exactly what this fund is for.)

What do we do at Jubilee? We sing together. We listen to fantastic speakers. We pray. We peruse the bookstore and the vendors. We enjoy some super fun late night options. We have incredible conversations with each other as we bond as a group and grow in our faith. And we have a blast. Seriously. A blast.

I've been to Christian conferences before. What makes Jubilee distinct? Jubilee is focused on the public implications of our personal transformation. What does your faith mean for the way you live your life in the here and now, and what does it mean for the life of the Church as we seek to be the Body of Christ in his world? These are the big questions Jubilee explores.

So how does Jubilee connect to my life? Not only do we explore these questions from a big-picture perspective, but there are smaller workshops that explore them in specific areas of work and life. Whatever your career path--education, health care, business, helping professions, or anything--there's a workshop for you. Whatever other areas of life you're interested in--sports, relationships, the arts, sexuality, etc.--there's a workshop for you. We believe the Gospel changes everything, so just about everything gets covered at Jubilee.

Who are the speakers and what workshops are offered? Download the Jubilee app in the App Store or Google Play, or go to atjubilee.com to find this information and much more!

I have a question that's not listed on here. Should I stand outside in the Quad and shout it into the air? I mean, you can, but that probably won't be very effective. Just talk to Sam, Leah, or anyone on the Harbor leadership team, and they'll be quite excited to tell you more!

Alright, I'm convinced! How do I sign up? Sweet! Go to www.jubileeconference.com and register! And click here for some instructions that will help you through the registration process!


We're so glad you're interested in contributing to the Harbor blog! One of our major goals in starting this blog is to give Harbor students a chance to reflect on how you are seeking Jesus in various aspects of your life as SRU students, and share this with your peers. Following Jesus involves creativity, innovation, and deep wisdom as we seek to be faithful as image bearers of God, as college students, and as members of our campus community. Offering an example of how you are pursuing faithfulness, however imperfectly, is a great way to support others and spur each other along! You want to share something, but you're not a great writer? You don't think you're creative? Grammar is your kryptonite? Have no fear! Our campus minister, Sam Levy, was an English major, and he's thrilled to help you put together a great piece!

Here's what we're looking for:

1) Answer one of the following questions in a 600-1000 word reflection:

  • What does it look like for you to pursue faithfulness to Christ as a student in your major and as a future worker in that field?
  • What does it look like for you to love God and love your neighbor in another aspect of your life as an SRU student (e.g., in your dorm, in a club, in your job, in SGA, in your daily routine)?

2) Email your draft to Sam at slevy@ccojubilee.org.