We get asked a lot a questions about who we are and what we do. This page answers some of the most common ones…but feel free to email us if you have more!
What is BSM?
BSM is a student organization at the University of Texas at Arlington. Our “home” is Baptist Student Center, located on the UTA Campus.
BSM provides opportunities for spiritual growth, making friends, leadership, service, and missions. We have everything from big events with over two hundred people, to small groups and one-on-one mentoring, so there is a place that is just right for you!
Do I have to be Baptist?
Absolutely not! In fact, lots of us, including members of the BSM Leadership Team, are not Baptist. The name “Baptist” simply indicates something about our heritage and the way our ministry gets financial support. So come on by the BSM, everyone is welcome!
Are you a church?
No. We are a ministry supported by dozens of area churches. BSM encourages all our students to be actively involved in a local church; we never want to take the place of church in anyone’s life. Our supporting organizations include the BGCT and the TBA.
How do I join?
Just start coming! We don’t have a membership, we just have events and people come. Our events are open to any UTA students and our group is very diverse. You can join our mailing list by clicking here.
What kind of things do you do?
We have activities almost every day of the week: large groups, small groups, Bible studies, and socials. We have small groups for committed Christians and for those who are just investigating the Christian faith. Check out our events page for more info.
What happens at your building?
The Baptist Student Center is open Monday through Friday for you to relax, study, and play games. We have comfy couches, a kitchen & coke machine, a ping pong table, a pool table, a foosball table, and a cabinet full of games. It’s a great place to hang out and meet people. We hope you will come by often!
How can I get more involved?
There are plenty of ways to get involved. Just about everything at BSM is done by students who volunteer their time, and we can always use more help! Join a small group; get involved in a ministry; volunteer at International Night or at Noondays; apply for summer missions; apply to join the Leadership Team. There are lots of opportunities.
How can I join the Leadership Team?
The BSM Leadership Team is a group of about fifty students who are each “in charge” of a different ministry. Many are small group leaders or Bible study leaders; other lead ministries like Noondays and International Night. Interviews take place each November and April, so pick up an application and consider joining the team!
What if I’m a transfer student?
Lots of transfer and graduate students come to BSM. Many join our leadership team in their first or second semester at UTA. So don’t hesitate to get involved
Do you do missions?
We love missions! We do local mission projects at places like nursing homes, Habitat for Humanity, and Mission Arlington. We take a mission trip every spring break. Every summer, we send our fellow UTA students on missions through GoNowMissions.
Can I park in your lot?
Sorry! We barely have room for the staff to park. There is metered parking on First Street near our building, and you can park at First Baptist Church about two blocks away. After 5:00pm, you can park in the Faculty Lot next to our building.