Northwestern students listen to a chapel speaker.

Worshipping all together. Chapel at Northwestern is the only time that most of the campus community is together in one place to learn about God, the world, and our place in it. Chapel guests include nationally known speakers like Hugh Halter, Enuma Okoro and Jerry Sittser, as well as area Christian leaders and NWC faculty, staff and students. Bands and dramas take the stage, and cross-cultural ways of worshipping are explored. Chapel is part of your learning and essential to keeping our community strong, so it is part of our Christian formation program. Students are expected to commit to achieving 28 Christian formation credits per semester out of 62 credits offered from regular chapel services on Tuesdays and Fridays as well as other special worship and discipleship opportunities.

Sharing your worship leadership gifts

You can explore your speaking, musical and other worship leadership gifts at Northwestern. Worship interns plan, lead and help bring the arts into worship, enlivening chapel services with poetry, painting, music—even textiles. Chapel worship team members lead music, read Scripture and pray. And students are frequently invited to perform or present in chapel.

Sunday Night Praise & Worship

At Northwestern, students worship with the same enthusiasm they bring to their studies and socializing. In fact, Northwestern’s Sunday Night Praise & Worship, led by students, is one of our community’s most popular worship services.


Orange City has more than a dozen churches representing a variety of denominations. Students attend these as well as other churches in neighboring communities and participate in church life by teaching Sunday school and serving as youth leaders, choir members, liturgists and more.