Berkeley

Collegiate Church Plant Collaborative (CCPC) 2019

In February, over 150 collegiate ministers from across the nation (and Canada!) gathered at our main campus in Alameda, CA for the 2019 Collegiate Church Planting Collaborative (CCPC). CCPC is organized by the North American Mission Board’s Send Network and consists of 3 packed days of collaboration and training to accelerate disciple making and church planting in university contexts.

We’ve hosted the event at our church every other year since 2013. Our members hosted visiting ministers in their homes and loved on them with our Gracepoint-style potluck.

Back in 2013, we didn’t know many others who were planting collegiate churches, or even many others who were focused on college campuses. It's been a tremendous blessing to meet others who share our heart for college students and are striving to live out the Great Commission on college campuses. We've found friends, co-laborers, and fellow Kingdom workers to encourage, teach, challenge, and inspire us to give more to Gospel work.

Church planters traveled from many different campuses for the Collaborative.

Church planters traveled from many different campuses for the Collaborative.


From the Archives: Dr. Craig at Gracepoint

Wheeler Hall packed with students listening to Dr. Craig's talk on the existence of God.

Wheeler Hall packed with students listening to Dr. Craig's talk on the existence of God.

Over the years we've hosted different speakers and teachers to help us grow in our ability to answer both questions from others about our faith and our own questions and doubts.

Dr. William Lane Craig has had a big impact on us in both regards. Dr. Craig is renowned in the world of Christian apologetics. His book On Guard and his Reasonable Faith website and ministry are go-to resources for anyone beginning their study of apologetics. Dr. Craig cogently articulates the claims of the Christian faith and has engaged in fascinating discussions and debates with the likes of Sam Harris, the late Christopher Hitchens and recently with Jordan B. Peterson.

We dug through our Flickr and Vimeo archives and unearthed a few pictures and videos from his visits to our church!

More than 10 years ago, we hosted him for a few talks including one on the existence of God, another on the historicity of the resurrection, and he even preached the message at our Sunday worship service.

Dr. Craig's talks are often followed by a Q&A time. Berkeley students lined up for a chance to engage with him.

Dr. Craig's talks are often followed by a Q&A time. Berkeley students lined up for a chance to engage with him.

Dr. Craig delivered a message on the evidence for Christianity at our Sunday worship service in Berkeley.

Dr. Craig delivered a message on the evidence for Christianity at our Sunday worship service in Berkeley.

Pastor Ed gave Dr. Craig a DVD as a thank you gift—yep, they still used DVDs back then!

Pastor Ed gave Dr. Craig a DVD as a thank you gift—yep, they still used DVDs back then!

In 2010, Dr. Craig came back to Berkeley and gave a compelling argument for how an all-powerful, all-loving God can exist amidst a world of suffering and pain.

During that trip he also gave a talk called, "How Do We Know Jesus Was Raised from the Dead?" to a gathering of youth students at Rise, an event hosted by our Interhigh ministry.

We're grateful for how Dr. Craig has inspired us to think clearly and to increase our knowledge of the evidence for the Christian faith we hold.

Valentine's Day of Compassion 2019

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This past Valentine’s Day our church fanned out across 32 different Bay Area locations to spend time with the residents, sing together, and share a message of hope from the Bible.

Many of the locations we visited were local convalescent homes and rehabilitation centers where the residents are suffering from different mental or physical ailments, but we also got to visit a few shelters and youth centers.

Jana Fernandez leads praise time during her group's visit to a convalescent home in Oakland.

Jana Fernandez leads praise time during her group's visit to a convalescent home in Oakland.

Students from our Berkeley A2F fellowship visited a convalescent home in Berkeley. They sang "Your Love is Deep" with the residents and even included some simple hand motions with their song.

Students from our Berkeley A2F fellowship visited a convalescent home in Berkeley. They sang "Your Love is Deep" with the residents and even included some simple hand motions with their song.

Stephen Cheng delivers a message focused on how God's love overcomes sin and death.

Stephen Cheng delivers a message focused on how God's love overcomes sin and death.

VDOC was started by a small group of women with an idea to visit a nursing home as a way to love those who are often forgotten. I’m sure none of them would’ve guessed that 13 years later, VDOC would take place at 32 different locations in the Bay Area, not to mention many more locations across our GP church plants.

Students from our Rutgers ministry visited a convalescent home near campus and included a skit in their program.

Students from our Rutgers ministry visited a convalescent home near campus and included a skit in their program.

It’s cool to see everyone from our Element middle and high schoolers to college students, post grads, and parents with their kids all sharing in this vision of bringing love to the elderly on Valentine’s Day.

VDOC has become an opportunity for parents to teach their kids how to show love to others, too.

VDOC has become an opportunity for parents to teach their kids how to show love to others, too.

This past year, Outreach magazine even featured VDOC in their print publication in the hopes that other churches across the country would be inspired to start this ministry at their churches, too. We wholeheartedly agree!

Preaching Good News to the Elderly

The last time I gave a Bible message was during Valentine’s Day of Compassion in 2017, when I was a college senior. We visited an elderly home to share a bit of God’s love with the residents, and I had the added privilege to speak on behalf of our college group.

Recently, an opportunity came up for any volunteers on the staff team to join our Elderly Care Ministry and to preach the worship service message. I signed up to share God’s Word. I want to do my part in living out 2 Timothy 2:15,

15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. 

This Sunday, I’m planning to share from Matthew 11:28-30,

28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.


Uvaldo Chavez is a campus minister, part of Berkeley acts2fellowship.