mission

GBUC Mission Statement

See students on French campuses

  • Discover Jesus-Christ
  • Develop a mature spirituality
  • Become Spirit-filled witnesses
about us

GBUC Vision

Who are we?

We are Christians from different Evangelical and Protestant churches who want to make Jesus Christ known in the cegeps and universities of French Canada. To do so, we form student groups on each campus to facilitate Bible study and discussion. All are invited to participate no matter what their origin or beliefs.

What is our vision?

Our vision is to see students discover Jesus Christ and explore His relationship to their lives and the world. Some grow in their faith or become Christians for the first time through their student groups. We want to see them develop a spiritual maturity and become Spirit-filled witnesses. Others choose not to accept Christ. Our goal is that this choice is informed, not based on preconceived ideas.

Where do we come from?

GBUC has existed in Quebec since 1965. The first group was formed by students and Christian professors at the University of Montreal. We work in partnership with the English student movement IVCF (Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship of Canada) and often partner with other Christian organizations and churches.

We are part of the IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students) family. This is a growing international movement with 500 000 student members. There are groups in over 150 countries. Our participation in international conferences makes it possible for us to develop a world vision for our ministry. We are co-organizers of the Urbana missions conference, which takes place every three years in the USA.

We pray that the GBUC in Canada may continue to grow and be an encouragement to our country and a model for others!

What do we believe?

Group leaders adhere to our Statement of Faith, which is also that of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (or IFES). This is a summary of the most important beliefs of the Evangelical Christian faith. It is not exhaustive, but sufficient to help believers from diverse churches work together in spreading the Gospel. All are invited to read and study it. If it corresponds to what you believe, why not consider becoming a member of GBUC?

GBUC Statement of Faith

  1. The unity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the Godhead.
  2. The sovereignty of God in creation, revelation, redemption and final judgment.
  3. The divine inspiration and entire trustworthiness of Holy Scripture, as originally given, and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
  4. The universal sinfulness and guilt of all people since the fall, rendering them subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
  5. Redemption from the guilt, penalty, dominion and pollution of sin, solely through the sacrificial death (as our representative and substitute) of the Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God.
  6. The bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead and his ascension to the right hand of God the Father.
  7. The presence and power of the Holy Spirit in the work of regeneration.
  8. The justification of the sinner by the grace of God through faith alone.
  9. The indwelling and work of the Holy Spirit in the believer.
  10. The one holy universal Church which is the body of Christ and to which all true believers belong.
  11. The expectation of the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

GBUC Objectives

What are our Strategic Objectives?

Our group activities reflect six strategic objectives, or priorities, by which we implement our vision:

  • Witness: Make the Gospel message known on campus, both individually and as a group.
  • Training: Encourage spiritual growth through: Bible study, prayer, fellowship, witness, development of biblical thinking and involvement in the local church.
  • Love for others: Express God’s love for others on campus in service to others individually and as a group.
  • Christian Thinking: Make our thinking coherent with the Christian faith by discovering how it relates to all areas of life.
  • World Mission: Contribute to the advancement of God’s Kingdom throughout the world by encouraging the concrete offering of oneself (time, talents, money), in the present and future, near and far.
  • Resources: Work toward the development of resources for the advancement of the vision on campus and elsewhere.

What are our Main Activities?

Regular group meetings to study the Bible and discover Jesus: Leaders are trained to make the approach dynamic and include everyone.

Fall and Winter Retreats: Members of all groups and their friends get together to encourage one another and grapple with important biblical subjects. A retreat is a fun place to discover the GBUC.

IMAGINE: At the beginning of the school year, a special conference is planned to equip group leaders and help them to develop a program for the year.

Summer Mission Projects: Opportunities to experience cross-cultural adventures with a group and share the Gospel outside of one’s comfort zone. Programs include: Été Québec, a mission in an urban or remote region of Quebec or elsewhere in Canada and Découverte, a mission in another country. Is there a better way to make one’s faith grow?

International conferences like Urbana and IFES World Assemblies: Participants get a taste of the international dimension of student work.

GBUC annual meeting: GBUC is a Canadian corporation made up of student members and friends. In the spring, members have the opportunity to voice their opinions on the future of the movement in a context of fellowship. The corporation elects a Board of Directors that gives direction to the staff. The Annual meeting is governed by internal by-laws.

Fellowship of Friends of GBUC: Activities are organized to bring former GBUC members and graduates together to encourage and learn from one another and support existing campus groups.

What are our Values and Work Methods?

Every effort is made to reflect the following values in all aspects of our ministry:

  • Priority of the Scriptures: We believe in the authority of the Scriptures and value their study and knowledge as a must in becoming disciples. We help participants to develop a responsible, creative and passionate approach to the texts.
  • As a Community, we:
    • Develop witness to Christ by building student communities on campus.
    • Promote respect for the individual, dialogue, teamwork and models of biblical leadership.
    • Work inter-denominationally, inter-racially and inter-culturally, men and women together.
  • Belonging: We encourage everyone to participate in their campus groups and inter-campus activities (such as retreats) to develop a spirit of unity and caring for one another. We invite our graduates to join our Friends of GBUC fellowship.
  • Student Initiative: We insist on the importance of student leadership in campus groups.
  • Accompaniment: We value our campus staff (paid and volunteer) and their role in training and giving direction to students in their responsibilities.
  • Partnerships: We value the role of the local church in the lives of our students. We seek fruitful partnerships with churches, other Christian organizations and academic institutions. We respect the distinctiveness of denominations and churches.

What is our relationship with local churches?

Each group member represents and is accountable to their own church. Because the mission of campus groups is spiritual and demanding, they need their church’s encouragement, even to be “set apart”, to be an effective witness on campus. Group leaders help new Christians to join a church.

The GBUC helps students to grow as disciples during a period of their life when their faith is tested. The group not only contributes to their preparation for professional life, but also to a more effective service in the local church. Even if they move away after their studies, students are encouraged to remain faithful to a church.

A local church can contribute to the life of a GBUC group by praying, giving of resources, or by delegating a resource person for the group. This co-operation may contribute to the integration of new believers in the local church.

The GBUC seeks to be in partnership with the local church and to serve God’s Church in every way possible.

We Value Higher Education

Institutions of higher education play an important role in our society and the lives of tomorrow’s leaders. Here, students learn their future trade or profession and to think critically. They are confronted by the worldviews of today and tomorrow. We believe that God loves tegeps and universities. He values their place in society. God desires to redeem them through the witness and work of believers within them.

Finances

GBUC activities depend on partnerships, prayer and financial support because:

  • We are a registered non-profit charitable organization that depends entirely on donations.
  • We don’t receive any subsidies from the government.

Our donors (individuals, organizations, and churches) are a very important part of our team!

Donations can be made occasionally, or regularly (ex. monthly). Regular donations help us to finance long-term projects.

Donors may choose to invest in any of the following areas of the GBUC expense budget:

  • Staff: Our paid staff are among our most precious resources, representing 75% of our budget. Donors may commit to supporting any campus worker, helping to assure their salary, benefits and ministry expenses.
  • Projects: Special (ex.: publications, campus events) or Regular (retreats, mission projects, Urbana, etc.).
  • General Fund: Current expenses including: office rental and equipment, telephone, photocopies and the salary of our administrator. This fund also assists other projects as needed. It includes donations designated « where needed most ». Regular donations to the general fund are very useful!

Who are our Donors?

Several churches donate regularly to GBUC. Christian individuals who believe in our ministry make regular donations that cover a large part of our budget. Donors who give small amounts on a regular basis (many of them students) are appreciated. There are probably just as many donors who live in Quebec as in other parts of Canada and the world. Many of them are former group members; graduates who were blessed by their GBUC experience and want to help the new generations to be blessed as well!

Donor Services

GBUC is a registered Canadian charitable organization. All donations are tax deductible. Official receipts for all donations of the previous year are mailed to donors in mid-February. The GBUC national office staff are available to respond to any questions or other administrative needs that donors may have.

Donors receive regular newsletters from GBUC that include brief financial updates for the movement. A financial report is made each year with the help of the Quebec Council of Christian Charities (CQCC). This report is available on demand.

GBUC is also an affiliate member of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities (CCCC). This helps us to keep our commitment to excellence in our administrative and financial practices.

support

Support GBUC Financially

You can make a donation to GBUC in one of three ways:

Cheques: Cheques can be mailed to the address below. Please make cheques payable to “GBUC du Canada” and include a note on a separate piece of paper to indicate the project. We also accept post-dated cheques.

Pre-authorized Withdrawals (PAC): Send a void cheque to the address below with a note indicating the amount that you would like to donate per month and the project.

Credit Card or Paypal Account: This can be done simply and securely online through the charitable organization Canada Helps:

On the Canada Helps page you can choose the amount you wish to give and how often (one-time or monthly). By using the option instructions / message, you can designate your donation to:

  • the general fund – leave the option blank
  • a GBUC staff member – type the person’s name
  • a special project – type the project name, ex. retreat, internship project, etc.

Donation cards and return envelopes are available if you wish. Please contact our office:

info@gbuc.ca  |  514-843-4028

GBUC du Canada
C.P. 362, Succ. C
Montréal QC H2L 4K3
Canada

Thank you so much for your support ! ! !

The Sentinelle – GBUC prayer letter

If you want to keep in touch with GBUC activities and pray regularly for our movement, you can join the Sentinelle prayer chain.

What is the Sentinelle?

The Sentinelle is available in French or English. It is an email sent weekly during the fall and winter semesters and less frequently during the summer. What you will find in the Sentinelle is:

  • a Bible verse and / or a short meditation.
  • items to give thanks for from the work on French-speaking campuses in Canada.
  • prayer requests for current or future GBUC projects.

This will allow you base your prayers for GBUC ministry on the latest information!

Interested in receiving the Sentinelle?

Please send an email to sentinelle@gbuc.ca. Let us know your preferred language (French or English) and please explain in a few words why you would like to join the Sentinelle as well as your connection with the GBUC.

Thank you very much for your prayers – they allow the campus work to bear fruit!

contact

How to reach GBUC?

Postal Address

C.P. 362 succ. C
Montréal (Qc) H2L 4K3
Canada

Civic address

Please send all mail to the postal address

4824, ch. de la Côte-des-Neiges, bureau 100
Montréal (Qc) H3V 1G4

Telephone: (514) 843-4028

Email: info@gbuc.ca