What is The Mill?
The Mill is the College Ministry at SBCC. The Mill exists to connect the college-aged students of the Santa Barbara area to God, to one another, to the church family at SBCC, and to opportunities to serve their world in order that, through these relationships, they might reflect the character of God and influence their world for the gospel.
Mill events are places where college-aged students gather to foster community, to learn from one another, and to respond to God’s character and his work in the world. The Mill provides opportunity for college-aged students from every campus in town to come together to encourage one another in the pursuit of Christ. Mill gatherings are always marked by laughter, food, fun, honesty, and authenticity, as we work together toward the common goal of knowing God better and becoming more like Jesus.
Why is it called The Mill?
In 2 Timothy 2, the Apostle Paul gives his young pastor friend, Timothy, the following reminder: “In a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and earthenware, and some for noble use, some for ignoble. If any one purifies himself from what is ignoble, then he will be a vessel for noble use, consecrated and useful to the master of the house, ready for any good work” (2 Tim 2:20-21).
Just as the raw materials that enter a mill come out looking different and with a clarified purpose, so it is with our souls. In order to be useful to the Master, much of the raw material of our character needs reshaping, refining, and repurposing. The bulk of the college experience is about just that…becoming something useful. At The Mill, we gather together in order to allow God’s Word and God’s people to shape us, so that we might increasingly become “vessels of honor.”
How can I get connected?
Summer College Group takes place on Thursday nights at 7:30pm at Benji and Greta Bruneel’s home. Summer College Group provides a great space to meet other college-aged students, to play and laugh, to hear one another’s stories, to enjoy delicious food, and to learn from the Scrptures–all in a very laid back environment that is appropriate for summer! For more info about Summer College Group, contact Benji Bruneel. Also, be on the lookout for other special events and gatherings just for college students this summer!
During the school year, plan to enjoy our every-other week Mill Brunches. They are a great place for College students to gather, meet one another, and enjoy some delicious food! Mill Brunches will resume in September!
Also during the school year, plan to join a homegroup! SBCC homegroups are inter-generational gatherings of people who long to better understand the Scriptures and how we are called to live in response to them. Our homegroup leaders love college students and would love to have you involved! Homegroups form the backbone of our church and meet at various times, in various locations throughout the week, meaning, there’s probably a homegroup that would be a great fit for you! Homegroups will resume in September 2017, and we will be studying Paul’s letter to the Galatians. See our Homegroups page for details.
How else can I stay updated on The Mill?
Be sure to get logged in start using Community Connect! If you are not already part of Community Connect’s College Ministry group, search on “College Group” and request to join! Already signed up? Check your profile and make sure all the information is up to date (and add a profile picture, too!). Another way to stay in the loop about Mill events, is to join our Facebook group. Also, be sure to follow us on Instagram (sbcommunitychurchcollegegroup). Like things a little more old school? Send an email to gro.y1501123213tinum1501123213mocbs1501123213@yrts1501123213inime1501123213gello1501123213c1501123213!
What if I still have questions?
Still curious about The Mill at SBCC? Contact Benji Bruneel.