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.  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.  When we can meet in person, people often meet beforehand to grab dinner, and afterwards, plans often emerge to hunt for frozen yogurt or bubble tea, hang out at the Treehouse, or do 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 (during non-pandemic times), and there will be time to pray for each other, along with Bible study or a group discussion about a book or topic.  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 2020-21

Get in touch with the listed leader to confirm the location and to join the small group mailing list.  Small groups meet most (although not all) weeks of the quarter.

Bible Study: Grounded in God’s Character

Thursdays, 6:30pm PDT

In the midst of turbulent circumstances, where does our stability come from? How do we know we are grounded in truth? What gives us strength and hope? Through scripture, this group will explore together various aspects of God’s character and process how He provides a source of truth, security, strength, and hope amidst our current contexts.

Contact: Sedona Ewbank (snewbank at stanford dot edu)

Bible Study: International Bible Study (IBS)

Wednesdays, 7-8:30 pm PDT

IBS aims to be a supportive, loving community and a “home away from home” for international graduate students at Stanford (though non-international students are also welcome!). We foster a community where people are free to explore deep questions of spirituality and purpose as they navigate their graduate school career. This year, we will be looking into King David’s life and relationship with God through 1 & 2 Samuel and relevant chapters in Psalms.

Contact: Aish Venkatramani (aishwaryavenkatramani at gmail dot com)

Discussion Group: Developing a Christian Mind

Tuesdays, 6-7:30 pm PDT

How can Christian students glorify God in their vocations? In this small group, we will seek to develop a transformative vision for the integration of faith and academic life. Through an eight-week series based on Oxford’s Developing a Christian Mind conference, we will consider how key elements of a Gospel-centered worldview can enrich and expand our perspectives on our professions and fields of study. If you would like to explore these questions in community with other grad students, come join our Tuesday-evening discussion group!

Contact: Kristel Tjandra (ktjandra at stanford dot edu)

Sign up for information: https://forms.gle/T5hV7NxeMFQ8egM5A

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!

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…)

Using resources from the Developing a Christian Mind programme at Oxford University, we usually gather on a Saturday for a day-long workshop to discuss core theological concepts of the Christian faith (although the format may change this year).   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.

Want to know more about these opportunities?  Contact ivgrad-steering@lists.stanford.edu for more information!

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