When both undergraduate and seminary students took it upon themselves to organize the first formal missionary organization on campus, which they called the World Missions Fellowship. The group met weekly to pray for missionaries around the world, listen to updates from missionary guests and raise funds for overseas missions.
During the spring 1954 semester, the inaugural issue of the student newspaper provided updates on the group's activities, which included an aggressive "publicity campaign" designed to increase interest in the organization's "informative Monday night prayer sessions." The following fall, the fellowship began holding daily prayer vigils during the noon hour and organized weekly meetings to hear missionary speakers. The group's size, though modest at about 25 members, had a profound effect, as many of those students involved made decisions to pursue missions. By 1960, the student-led World Missions Fellowship had added an annual missions conference that continues to the present.