Church of the Nations is the ministry with internationals at UBC. Our vision is:
to be a church family for all people - and especially to minister among international students and scholars and their families
to minister to the physical, social, and spiritual needs of internationals - especially those who do not have a Christian background
to help internationals learn about the Christian faith and grow in their Christian faith and to offer an environment that helps them adapt to and survive within American culture - but also respects and encourages them as participants in their native culture(s)
to help internationals exercise leadership and practice ministry in their own right.
The main ways we minister with internationals include English Conversation on Friday nights, Bible study and worship on Sunday mornings, free lunch after worship the last Sunday of each month, lunch at the pastor's home the first Sunday of each month, periodic field trips and retreats, special events such as our annual Celebration for Internationals - but most of all befriending and loving internationals.
Church of the Nations is a church family for all people that also focuses on international students and scholars and their families. It is a place for you to:
make new friends
experience American culture with friendly people
Church of the Nations also invites you to learn about the love of God seen in Jesus Christ, but it does not pressure you to change your religion.
Church of the Nations is part of the Baptist tradition of the Christian movement—but we welcome and are open to people of every background.
Church of the Nations
English Conversation is sponsored by Church of the Nations.
We meet most Fridays @ 6:30pm (usually not the last Friday of the month) in different American homes each week. Please contact UBC for location and directions.
What do we do at English Conversation?
No Textbook - different topic/lesson each week
Lessons focus on American life and culture, how to live in Baton Rouge, and the English language
Lessons emphasize listening and speaking, not grammar
Lessons = about 1 hour
We conclude the night with about 30 minutes of snacks and fellowship
English Conversation offers those who know some English the opportunity to practice speaking English
Non-English speaking people might not feel comfortable at English Conversation, though you will not be turned away
Please note that English Conversation is for people who know at least some English. We do not have a class for beginners (people who do not know English or know almost no English). Sorry about that. Other churches offer English classes for people who do not know any English.
Other churches that offer English classes:
Jefferson Baptist Church – Monday and Wednesday evenings. Visit http://www.jeffersonbaptist.org/#/connect/english-classes for information.
The Chapel – Tuesday mornings and Wednesday evenings. Visit http://www.thechapelnet.com/on-mission/global/esl-english-as-a-second-language/ for information.
**We love children, but we are not able to provide childcare. Please leave the little ones at home!
English Conversation – most Fridays at 6:30 p.m.
Bible study – Sunday at 9:00 a.m.
Church (worship) – Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Fellowship meal – last Sunday of each month at 11:45 a.m.
We offer transportation to most of our activities.
However you must email us to say you plan to come and need a ride. Also, check the blog for the most up-to-date information about the schedule.
Church of the Nations meets in the chapel on the campus of University Baptist Church: 5775 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808
Directions from Louisiana State University:
- drive southeast along Highland Road
- cross Lee Drive
- turn left onto Leeward Drive
- take the second left into the parking lot
(the chapel – where we meet for worship – is at the back on the left)