A different kind of college ministry

Welcome to BASIC

BASIC stands for “Brothers and Sisters in Christ.” We are a network of college students and churches in the Northeast that meet to enjoy life together, learn about God, and make a difference in the world. Students on over 30 campuses gather every week to worship God and inspire each other to live out their faith in Christ at school. Every semester, all of the students from dozens of universities gather together in Rochester, NY for 3 days of passionate worship, powerful teaching, and life-changing ministry. Since BASIC was founded in 1978, over 18,000 students from over 60 campuses and dozens of nations have been affected through these conferences. BASIC was founded at SUNY Oswego by Mike Cavanaugh, who heard clearly from the Lord:

If you limit yourself to the local church, there is no limit to what I will do through this ministry.

Today BASIC is marked by two things:

A commitment to the local church.

For over 35 years, BASIC College Ministries has been committed to helping the local church reach, equip and disciple college students. Every BASIC group has a church sponsor—because we believe that the local church is essential to helping students grow in their faith. Utilizing existing local churches has a number of benefits; they can provide stability and maturity as students come and go, and they already have equipment, resources, and money to disciple students. By assisting churches to reach the surrounding college campuses, BASIC provides a way for college students to grow in a church and not only survive the college experience, but thrive. We have found that those who make a commitment on their own to live for and serve God during their college years are much more likely to get connected to a church after they graduate. During a crucial time of obtaining higher education and deciding career paths, we help students and young adults make a decision for Christ and give them training to effectively serve Him in the years to come.

 The empowering of the Holy Spirit.

The Scriptures teach us that “the Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk, but of power.” We believe the filling of the Holy Spirit as a subsequent experience to salvation releases Christians to receive supernatural power to be God’s witnesses (Acts 1:8). The world is not moved by love or actions of human origin. If Christians are not empowered to live differently than any other people group, then we will only achieve human-size results.


For more information about BASIC visit the Vision & Beliefs section