Our Vision: What We Are Becoming

We are a community of love inviting others to learn the Way of Christ with us, growing deeper in our relationships with God and with each other, and conspiring for good by serving others with humble and courageous hearts.

Our Mission: What We Do Every Day to Live Into Our Vision

To grow deep relationships that encourage members of our campus family to BELONG, BELIEVE and BECOME faithful lovers of the Lord and of people. Our three core programming areas (weekly worship, discipleship groups, and Alternative Spring Break Service Trips) are the vehicles that connect people, foster growing relationships, and put faith into action for social justice.

First Year Family Group Parents

  • First Year Family Group Parents are responsible for leading weekly Bible studies along with a fellow upperclassman for a group of 6-12 freshmen.
  • Each parent is expected to spend at least 1-2 hours of preparation for each Bible study and attend weekly FFG parent meetings.
  • It is also expected that each parent will spend significant time with the family outside of weekly Bible studies which might take the form of family meals, family trips to church, etc.
  • 2.5 minimum GPA

Common Ground Leadership Team

Time Commitment for the Common Ground Leadership Team:

Serving on the Common Ground Leadership Team is an unpaid, high commitment level endeavor. As a member of the Team, you will be encouraged towards deep discipleship that is 24/7 and that is not compartmentalized into one hour each week. Yet, at the bare minimum you should plan on spending at least 4 hours per week this year in intentional ministry leadership activities. These 4 hours include your weekly presence at Rooted (our Tuesday night student-led worship gathering), our weekly Common Ground Team meeting (which goes for about 90 minutes on Monday afternoons), and one-on-one coaching from one of the Common Ground staff members. Once you are invited to serve on the Team, we will ask you all to decide together what other commitments you will expect from one another.

Descriptions of Roles for the Common Ground Leadership Team

The first five roles (noted with a *) must interview during the first week of interviews. These servant-leaders will be chosen first so that they can assist with the remainder of the selection process.

Common Ground Team Leader (*)

  • Works with Common Ground  staff to plan weekly team meetings and leadership retreats
  • Shepherds and cares for each of the Leadership Team members
  • Provides a bridge between Common Ground staff and Leadership Team members
  • Represents Common Ground on campus, in the community, and potentially at state events
  • Helps to develop a vision for the ministry and assists in setting goals and a direction for the Team
  • Assists in leading the weekly Team meeting
  • Works with the Common Ground staff to hold the Leadership Team accountable for developing hospitable, kind, and servant-minded attitudes toward those on our campus who are not involved with Common Ground
  • 2.5 minimum GPA

Rooted Coordinator (*)

  • Works with the Rooted Worship Band Leader, the Assistant Rooted Coordinators and the Rooted Team to plan weekly Tuesday night worship gatherings
  • With the Common Ground staff, develops semester themes and teaching topics
  • Recruit students to serve on the Rooted Team
  • Plans and carries out the weekly Rooted Team planning meeting (typically held Thursdays around 4 pm)
  • Represent Rooted on campus, in the community, and potentially at state events
  • Helps the Campus Minister to connect with local churches, inviting them to host Rooted on a Tuesday night
  • Communicate with the Publicity Leader to make sure that relevant Rooted events are appropriately publicized
  • 2.5 minimum GPA

Rooted Worship Band Leader (*)

  • Plans the music for Rooted, our weekly student-led worship and fellowship gathering, with the help of a student team and in consideration of the feedback of the campus community
  • Provides leadership for the Rooted band
  • Recruits students to help lead worship and prayer experiences, among other things, during Rooted
  • Invite students with gifts for creative ministries (spoken word, liturgical dance, etc.) to participate in Rooted
  • Promotes Rooted activities to the campus community
  • 2.5 minimum GPA

First Year Family Groups Coordinators (*)

  • Assists in the selection and pairing of upperclassmen who will support and mentor first year students
  • With Common Ground staff, selects small group study material and equips upperclassmen to lead their small groups through a weekly meeting and some one-on-one mentoring
  • Plans fellowship and training opportunities for parents, including a parent training meeting at the start of the fall semester
  • Seeks to network first year students into other programs of Common Ground
  • Helps to organize and lead the Fall Retreat, which generally occurs in September and involves kicking off both first year and upperclassman ministries
  • Assists the Common Ground staff with identification of prospects for the Leadership Exploration Team
  • 2.5 minimum GPA
  • Communicate with the Publicity Leader to make sure that relevant FFG events are appropriately publicized

 Alternative Spring Break Trip Coordinator (*)

  • Oversees planning, publicizing, and forming of Alternative Spring Break trips
  • Helps the Campus Ministry staff to lead the pre-trip planning meetings in January, February and early March
  • Helps to recruits students to serve as trip leaders for various Alternative Spring Break trips
  • Includes testimonies and missions emphasis at Rooted and other campus venues
  • Helps plan commissioning services for spring break and summer missionaries
  • Finds ways to solicit prayer support for our missions efforts
  • Organizes care packages/notes for our summer missionaries
  • Communicate with the Publicity Leader to make sure that relevant Alternative Spring Break events are appropriately publicized
  • 2.5 minimum GPA

Rooted – Assistant Coordinator for Hospitality

  • Helps to make sure that the folks involved with Rooted are extending the deep welcome of God to each and every person who walks through the door.
  • Recruiting and training greeters who would welcome people as they entered the Student Center for Rooted and who would stand at the doors thanking them for coming at the conclusion
  • Welcoming any guest speakers and/or guests from local churches who come to Rooted on a given night
  • Making sure that any student who is worshiping at Rooted for the first time fills out a Connect Card (with their contact info) – both you and then a Common Ground staff person would follow up with an email or a phone call thanking them for coming
  • Helping (in conversation with Common Ground staff) to take care of the food and beverages for Rooted each week
  • 2.5 minimum GPA

Rooted – Assistant Coordinator for Publicity

  • Responsible for getting the word out about Rooted each week through six different means of advertising (Facebook, Twitter, Tiger Tidbits, Table Tents, Sandwich Board, word of mouth)
  • Administering and updating the Rooted Facebook page
  • Preparing the Rooted sandwich board each week and making sure it gets put out in front of the Caf each Tuesday morning and that it is put up each Tuesday night
  • Submitting Rooted information to Tiger Tidbits and Table Tents each week
  • Receiving requests each week from various students about announcements that need to be made at Common Ground AND recruiting students to make those announcements
  • Creating the Rooted weekly each week and any publicity banners that might choose to do for Rooted
  • 2.5 minimum GPA

Rooted Worship Band Member

  • Committed to helping to lead worship through music during Rooted most Tuesday nights of the school year
  • Practice with the Rooted Band each week before Tuesday night
  • 2.5 minimum GPA

First Year Family Groups – Assistant Coordinators

  • Provide leadership for the Wednesday night FFG meeting by doing announcements and by taking attendance from each FFG
  • Reporting FFG attendance to the Common Ground staff each week
  • Help to plan the Common Ground Fall Retreat
  • Plan and carry out events like the FFG Scavenger Hunt, the Tacky Christmas Sweater Party, and any FFG fundraisers like Feed My Pig
  • Promotes Common Ground activities to the campus community
  • 2.5 minimum GPA

Alternative Spring Break Trip Leader

  • Serves as the Student Leader for an Alternative Spring Break trip
  • Helps to plan, publicize, recruit for, and lead an Alternative Spring Break trip
  • Includes testimonies and missions emphasis at Rooted, Chapel services and other campus venues
  • Helps plan a commissioning service for our Alternative Spring Break trips
  • Finds ways to solicit prayer support for our service efforts
  • 2.5 minimum GPA

Publicity Leader

  • Solicits information from Leadership Team members and others involved in Common Ground regarding events and items needing to be publicized
  • Regularly publicizes Common Ground groups and events to the campus community through eight means of communication (Tiger Tidbits, Table Tents, Twitter, Common Ground/Rooted Facebook Pages, email, sidewalk chalk, fliers, and word of mouth)
  • Keeps an updated calendar of Common Ground events and transfers that information for inclusion on the campus’s Master Calendar and on the Common Ground Facebook page
  • Recruits others to assist in fulfilling the following responsibilities:
  • Creating and distributing “The Throne”
  •  Maintaining and updating the Common Ground Facebook page
  •  Producing posters, banners, and other publicity tools for events of Common Ground as necessary
  •  Conveying news-worthy information and stories to our campus P.R. Department and the Georgetonian
  •  2.5 minimum GPA


Supervisor: Bryan Langlands