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IVGrad began in 1986 with a few Stanford grad students venturing to start a Bible study for their fellow grad students.  We’ve grown and changed a lot since then, but students continue to value the close community of small groups as they walk with God throughout their grad school journeys.  IVGrad features weekly small groups (more details below!), large group events, off-campus retreats, and a variety of social and service activities throughout the year.  We look forward to welcoming you into the IVGrad fellowship!

Large Groups

IVGrad gathers as a whole fellowship every two weeks on Friday night at 7pm on the 3rd floor of Old Union.  Each Large Group is different – some nights feature a guest speaker or a panel discussion, while other times will are set aside for worship and prayer.  Often people meet beforehand to grab dinner, and afterward plans often emerge to hunt for frozen yogurt or bubble tea, to hang out at the Treehouse, or whatever people are keen to do!  Sign up to the email list to hear about the exciting, upcoming Large Groups, as well as pre/post Large Group socializing!

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Small Groups

IVGrad students gather at various spots across campus on weeknights.  Some small groups will share a meal, and there will be time to pray for each other, along with Bible study or a group discussion about a book or topic.  Find more info below!   Small groups meet throughout the academic year and are open to new members to join in at any time.  This week is a great time to visit!

Small Groups 2018-19

Get in touch with the listed leader to confirm the location and to join the small group mailing list.  Small groups meet most weeks of the quarter, but not every week.

Flourishing in Grad School

Mondays (from 10/1), 6:00pm @ GCC Bogota Room

In this challenging place that is grad school, what does our faith look like? What does it mean to be a grad student and follow Jesus? We’ll explore some of these questions and more, particularly welcoming first years as we grow together in Spirit-led community.

Contact: Joel Schneider (joelschn at stanford dot edu)

A.C.T.S (A Community Transforming Stanford)

Wednesdays (from 10/3), 6:30pm @ Old Union 301

This study is a year-long, weekly workshop where we will look at how we can expand our witness as a community and have an outward, missional focus. We will spend time going through a book together, and will also look at what scripture has to say about witness. More importantly, we will find ways to support one another as we actively go out and practice what we discuss.

Contact: Prescott Bliss (phb009 at stanford at edu)

International Bible Study

Thursdays (from 10/4), 6:00pm @ GCC Sydney Room

International Bible Study, or IBS (not to be confused with a medical condition affecting the gastrointestinal tract), is a long-running small group rooted in the idea that God’s people do, and indeed should, come from a broad and diverse range of backgrounds. Keeping in step with that spirit of commonality, IBS provides a consistent base for fellowship and Scriptural study alike. We begin each meeting with a time of food and fellowship (there will be snacks, but feel free to bring your own dinner this year!), before moving into a time of prayer, and then spending the bulk of each night in Bible study. For those of you not considered “international students,” fear not: we have concluded that America is, indeed, a nation. This Fall quarter will be a particularly exciting one, as we delve into Genesis, wrestling with the fascinating entry point into what is now the Bible. If you enjoy diverse community, thoughtful Bible study, or esoteric discussions on Kale salad, this is the small group for you!

Contact: Esmond Lee (esmond at stanford dot edu)

Senior Student Fellowship

First meet: Wed, Oct 10, 8:30 AM @ Y2E2 Coupa

We’re a group of students who have been here a while or have been a while in getting here. If a group like that interests you please come join us. We’ll meet roughly once a month over breakfast or lunch to encourage each other, talk about Jesus, and pray for each other and the community around us.

Contact: Daniel Heywood (dheywood at stanford dot edu)

GIGs (Groups Investigating God):

For those curious about God and interested in learning about Christianity. To be scheduled based on interest.

Contact: Ji Won (jiwon3 at stanford dot edu)

Other Opportunities

These are just some of the other exciting things happening in IVGrad.

Don’t miss out – sign up to our email lists!

Especially for First-Years, First-Year Fellowship is a series of outings, meals, and other events to help you get connected to your classmates and share the joys and challenges of getting settled in as a first year graduate student.  Sign up to the email lists to stay up to date, and feel free to contact Joel at joelschn[at]stanford.edu for more info!

∫    Integral meets once per quarter to explore how we can serve God in our research & teaching – that is, the ‘integration’ of faith & learning.  In the past we’ve discussed articles of interest, interviewed each other on our motivations for our work, and prayed for each others’ research and professional relationships.  Watch the ivgrad-announce email list for upcoming opportunities!

IVGrad has sponsored several Veritas Forums on the Stanford campus.  Veritas Forums are events that seek to encourage discussion of big questions of purpose, meaning, and ethics in the university community.  Now that Veritas is its own student organization on the Stanford campus (with IVGrad folks participating!), look out for announcements about an exciting forum this coming academic year.

Past events included:

  • The Well-Lived Life, with Kenneth Taylor (Stanford) and N.T.Wright (St. Andrews) – 2014
  • “Making Money, Spending Money”: a forum on wealth and the public good – 2012

IVGrad Elders is an informal, roughly once-per-month gathering of senior students (years 4 and above).  We meet over lunch or coffee to catch-up, share prayer requests, and mutually encourage each other in these latter days of our graduate careers.  It’s a fun time with good friends, so you should definitely join us!  (Sadly, no discounts have been negotiated at Coupa for us…) Contact jaredh[at]stanford.edu for more info.

Using resources from the Developing a Christian Mind programme at Oxford University, we’ve gathered on a Saturday for a day-long workshop to discuss core theological concepts of the Christian faith.   Using these theological tools, we explored the implications for the work we do in the varied settings of the university, business & industry, government, and public advocacy.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10.24-25

He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

Colossians 1.17

There is no end to books,
and too much study
will wear you out.

Ecclesiastes 12.12 - possibly written by a wise grad student