College Ministry

College Ministry

At North Central, we want to invest in the next generation of college students. We’re here to be a support community for you. North Central is a “home in Gainesville” where you can be discipled, trained in leadership, and equipped to walk with God for a lifetime. Many families within North Central come from college ministry backgrounds, so we understand how to help you grow and thrive.

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We meet on Sunday mornings at 9:30am in the worship center to study the Bible together. There will be food and fellowship as well!

Our Mission

At the heart of the North Central College Ministry lies a fervent desire: To love God, love people and to develop multiplying disciples to reach the nations. We are grounded in the following core principles:

Glorifying God

God is worthy to receive all glory and honor and He has designed all creation to reflect His glory. Therefore, with surrendered lives we will seek to glorify Him in all we are and do.

Key Verses: Revelation 4:11, I Corinthians 6:19-20, I Corinthians 10:31, Colossians 3:23-24, Ephesians 1:6,12,14, 2:10, II Corinthians 5:9, Isaiah 43:7

Intimacy with God

God loves us, calls us into fellowship with Himself, and desires for us to know Him intimately. Therefore, we daily seek to position our lives through spiritual disciplines, attitudes, and a heart of worship to develop intimacy with Him.

Key Verses: I Corinthians 1:9, I Timothy 4:7, John 4:23, Psalm 27:4,8, Psalm 42:1-2, Psalm 63:1-2, Psalm 113:3, John 17:3, Philippians 3:10, Hosea 6:6


God established the church. We are a local baptist church helping to reach and disciple university students, encouraging their active membership and participation in the church and its mission.

Key Verses: Matthew 16:15-18, Colossians 1:24-25, Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:18-22, 4:4, 4:11-15, 5:27, I Corinthians 12:12, 10:17, II Corinthians 6:16, Galatians 3:28, John 10:16, Romans 12:4-13, Hebrews 10:24-25, Revelation 21:9

The Word of God

All Scripture is God breathed and without error. The Bible is our sole authority and guide for daily living. Therefore, we will pursue a life of earnestly hearing, reading, studying, memorizing, and meditating upon the Word of God so that we may apply it to all areas of life.

Key Verses: II Timothy 3:16-17, I Peter 1:23-25, Mark 13:31, Isaiah 40:8, Psalm 19:7-9,11, Psalm 1:3, Psalm 119:4,5,9,11,105,133, Proverbs 22:20-21, Jeremiah 15:16, 23:29, Isaiah 55:8-11, Deuteronomy 6:6-7, II Timothy 2:15, Ezra 7:10, James 1:22-25, Joshua 1:8, Acts 17:11, 20:28, Revelation 1:3


Without faith we cannot please God; therefore, we seek to live dependent on Him in every area of life and ministry.

Key Verses: Hebrews 11:1, 6, Proverbs 3:5-6, Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:17, Romans 4:20-21, Romans 5:1, Romans 10:17, Ephesians 2:8-9, Galatians 2:20, Matthew 8:5-10, Matthew 13:58, Matthew 17:20, II Corinthians 5:7, James 1:6-8


God has invited us to communicate with Him and the Scripture gives overwhelming evidence of the importance of prayer. Therefore, we will devote ourselves to praying individually and with others.

Key Verses: Matthew 7:7-11, 18:19, 21, 21:22, 26:44, Luke 6:12, John 16:24, Colossians 4:2, I John 5:14-15, I Thessalonians 5:17, Philippians 4:6-7, I Samuel 12:23

Godly Character

We are called to be imitators of God and to serve Him in purity. Living a life of godliness and holiness is essential to long-term fruitfulness and a lifestyle that honors God. Therefore, we will seek to be conformed to the character of Jesus in every aspect of our lives.

Key Verses: I Peter 1:15-16, Ephesians 2:10, 5:1-3, John 15:5, Colossians 2:6-7, II Peter 1:3-11, Romans 5:3-5, Romans 8:29, Romans 12:2, I Timothy 4:7, 6:11-12, II Timothy 2:22, Titus 2:11-14, Galatians 5:22-23


Faith in Christ is the only way a person is forgiven of sin and is brought into a personal relationship with God that provides abundant life on earth and eternal life in heaven. Therefore, we seek to proclaim the gospel intentionally to all people through our words, lifestyle and relationships.

Key Verses: John 3:16, John 14:1-3, John 10:10, Acts 1:8, 4:12, 5:29-31,41-42, 10:43, 20:23-24, 26:16-18, Romans 1:16, 10:9-14, I Corinthians 9:16-19, 15:1-4, II Corinthians 5:14,19-20, Colossians 1:28-29, 4:3-6, Ephesians 6:19, Jeremiah 20:9, Matthew 28:18-20, Proverbs 11:30


We will intentionally invest in the lives of others to help establish them in the faith and equip them with life and ministry skills to live as his fruitful disciples and continue as lifelong learners.

Key Verses: Luke 9:23, 14:26-27,33, 24:32, Colossians 2:6-7, Psalm 78:1-4,72, John 15:5, Acts 20:28,31-32, I Corinthians 4:16-18, 11:1, Philippians 4:9, Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Romans 12:1-2, I Thessalonians 2:19-20, 3:8, Ezra 7:10, III John 4


Christ-like relationships stem from a vital walk with God and are characterized by authenticity that facilitates life transformation and are a witness to the world. Therefore, we seek to love all people, build and maintain God-centered relationships.

Key Verses: I John 1:7, I John 4:7-21, Matthew 22:37-40, Genesis 2:18, Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, John 13:34-35, 17:21, Hebrews 3:13, 10:24-25, Philippians 2:3-4, Ephesians 4:29, 5:4, I Thessalonians 2:7-10, Proverbs 17:17, 27:17


Since Christ willingly left His glory and humbled Himself to become a servant, even to the point of death; therefore, we seek in attitude and actions to joyfully serve others.

Key Verses: Mark 10:43-45, Philippians 2:3-8, John 13:1-17, Luke 17, Galatians 5:13, Colossians 3:23-24, II Corinthians 4:5, Deuteronomy 15:12-18

Scripture Memory

Treasuring God’s word in our hearts is crucial to life and ministry; therefore, we seek to be transformed by consistently memorizing, meditating, reviewing, and applying Scripture.

Key Verses: Deuteronomy 6:5-10, 11:18-20, 32:45-47, Psalm 1:2-3, 19:7-11, 37:30-31, 40:8, 119:9,11,97,99, Joshua 1:8, Colossians 3:16, Proverbs 7:1-3, Matthew 4:4,7,10, Acts 7

Spiritual Multiplication

The great task Jesus Christ gave us is to make disciples as we go into all the world.
Therefore, we seek to win the lost and train believers to become lifelong reproducing disciplemakers.

Key Verses: II Timothy 2:2, Joel 1:3, Psalm 78:5-6, Acts 18:1-3,11,18,19,24-28, I Thessalonians 1:5-10, 2:6-8, Matthew 28:18-20, III John 4

Global Vision

The heartbeat of God is for people from every tongue, tribe, and nation to know and glorify Him. Therefore, regardless of gifting or vocation, we strive to fulfill the Great Commission through giving, praying, training, mobilizing, and going to reach every person with the Gospel.

Key Verses: Psalm 67:1-2,7, Psalm 105:1, Acts 1:8, I Corinthians 12:11, I Peter 4:10, Romans 10:14, Revelation 5:9, Revelation14:6-7, Matthew 28:19-20


We seek to comprehend the great love God has for us, then to love Him supremely and each other excluding no one. We desire that our lives and this ministry be characterized by love. We seek to present Truth in that atmosphere.

Key Verses: Deuteronomy 6:4, 10:12-13, I Samuel 20:17, Jeremiah 31:3, Proverbs 10:12, Matthew 22:37-40, John 3:16, 14:21-24, 15:13, 15:34-35, 17:24-26, 21:15-22, I John 2:15, 3:1,11,14,16-18, 4:7-12, 16-21, I Corinthians 13:4-8, II Corinthians 5:14-15, I Thessalonians 2:8, Ephesians 4:15

About Our College Minister,
Kurt Shiver

Hey there! I’m Kurt Shiver. I graduated from Stetson University and later from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. My amazing wife Ann and I share a passion for connecting with and mentoring college students. Together, we’re proud parents to our four wonderful kids: Will, Julia, Andrew and Grace. I look forward to meeting you!