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History and Tradition



The Baptist Student Union (BSU), now Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) of Carson-Newman University, was established in 1923 as one of the first Baptist Collegiate Ministries organizations in the nation.

Baptist Collegiate Ministries, BCM, is a nationally recognized ministry located on over 1,000 campuses nation-wide.  While BCM is the official name for our organization several states use different terms for our ministry.  Some examples are: Baptist Student Union (BSU), Baptist Student Ministries (BSM), and Christian Challenge.   

Through the years, Carson-Newman has distinguished itself with an exceptionally strong student ministry tradition of Worship, Service, Discipleship, and Fellowship. At Carson-Newman, BCM works with Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Global Outreach (GO), and other Christian Clubs and Organizations to provide a unified focus on reaching our campus and world for Christ. 


Celebrating a Tradition of Service

BCM at Carson-Newman has consistently served as one of the national leaders in the area of Christian missionary service, with large numbers of students and alumni serving in local, national, and international missions every year.

Each fall, spring, and May Term C-N sends out hundreds of students on S.P.O.T.S. (Special Projects Other Than Summer) Mission Experiences.  Our students are compelled to serve by Christ's mandate of "loving our neighbor" and this is seen through their dedication to serve "the least of these" locally, regionally, nationally, and internationaly.

However, our students don't stop serving once it is summer break.  C-N sends out many summer missionaries volunteering through mission organizations, churches, camps, para-church organizations, and other opportunites to spend their summer serving Christ and serving others.

Service is not only a part of our BCM but also our DNA here at C-N.  An average of 69% of our students serve weekly in some sort of local ministry or non-profit and BCM provides several opportunities each month to serve our campus, community, and most importantly Christ!

If you want more information about serving through BCM e-mail us at:   


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