Taylor World Outreach (TWO) ministries are as diverse as the students who volunteer and lead them. From promoting community awareness of social justice issues to playing dodgeball with local elementary kids, there is something for everyone. Just as we love and encourage those within our community, we want to love and encourage those beyond our campus. While each of these opportunities is unique in its purpose and focus, they all provide our students with character-shaping experiences they will never forget.
Community Outreach: shares the love and gospel of Jesus Christ in the surrounding community; includes thirteen outreach ministries geared toward children, teens, adults, and athletes with disabilities. These ministries include:
- Agape: Love in Action: an evangelism ministry that focuses on reaching out to neighbors and peers at Ball State University through a variety of weekly formats.
- Basics: brings college student leaders and third through sixth grade community kids together in a high-energy weekly club featuring Bible study, worship, Scripture memory, mentoring, and lots of dodge ball.
- Basics, Jr.: serves children age four to second grade with the goal of helping them to develop a relationship with God through worship, Bible study and verse memory, along with small group learning and activities.
- Cancer Ministry: works to serve and provide support for those currently suffering from cancer. Includes traveling to homes, preparing meals, and worshipping and praying with patients.
- Carpenter’s Hands: partners with local churches and other ministries in service projects assisting people with housing and building repairs.
- ESL Ministry: provides lessons for non-English speakers in Grant County including one-on-one tutoring, working with refugees, or leading classes.
- Nursing Home Ministry: reaches out to the elderly in need of love and companionship.
- One-on-One: provides mentoring relationships for kids in need within the community. Meet one hour a week to play frisbee, bake cookies, or participate in other fun activities with your buddy.
- ReaLife: works with elementary children from inner city Marion through Bible stories and small group time.
- The Red Barn: provides a place for middle and high school students to hang out before and after school. Interact with kids through games, one-on-one and small group discussions, weekly Bible studies and providing help with homework.
- RemedyLIVE: a teen web station that provides positive music, chat interaction and issue discussion to guide teens to a person relationship with Christ and a purposeful life through His Word.
- St. Martin’s: partners with St. Martin’s Community Center in Marion to provide meals, a food pantry, and a thrift store. Students often serve the Saturday meal, talk with individuals and clean up afterwards.
- Special Olympics: works hand-in-hand with Grant County Special Olympics in Marion, serving as encouragers and assistants as well as helping with sports.
- U-Turn: partners with local churches to provide outreach for school children. Includes Bible stories, games, dinner, music and skits.
Global Outreach: encourages students to become part of the global Christian cause through programs which involve awareness, advocacy, prayer, financial giving and mobilization. Specific events include planning Social Justice Week, supporting OneVerse Bible translation projects, organizing campus-wide awareness and prayer for global issues (HIV/AIDS, Human Trafficking and Hunger), and urban ministry exposure.
World Opportunities Week: informs students about opportunities for ministry and service around the world, and motivates them to personal involvement during the annual missions conference held each November. Students are involved in planning chapel services, publicity, prayer events, hosting mission representatives, and scheduling classroom presentations and evening seminars.
Youth Conference: provides high school students with an opportunity to hear the gospel and grow closer to the Lord during an annual weekend conference in April. Students plan and publicize the entire weekend from choosing the keynote speaker, planning chapel services and small group interactions, to arranging campus housing for visiting teens in the residence halls.