A student poses on Northwestern College's campus.

Leadership opportunities

If you’re a leader—or want to become one—step up. At Northwestern, we care about the next generation’s leaders. If you’re going to be one, we want to make sure you become not only more intelligent, but also more compassionate. That’s why we’ll walk alongside you and mentor you every step of the way. We’ll also give you plenty of opportunities for practical experience:

Campus Ministry Team

Under the guidance and training of our professional campus ministry staff, 30 student leaders oversee the members and activities of our ministry teams. 

Small-group ministry leaders

60 students facilitate weekly small group gatherings on campus, in student dorms and apartments, or at a local coffee shop. After receiving training, these students lead Bible studies and prayer and encourage spiritual growth among group members.

Spring Service Partnerships and Summer of Service

Every spring break, 12 to 15 teams of students serve at ministry sites around the world. Each team is led by student leaders who—with the support of a Northwestern faculty or staff member—recruit team members, oversee fundraising efforts, and plan and execute trip details.

Summer of Service is an opportunity for students to partner with global missionaries over an extended period of up to 10 weeks. Students lead Bible studies, teach English classes, and build relationships that allow them to share the good news of Jesus Christ.

Worship teams

About 40 students are involved in Northwestern worship teams; they help others praise God while gaining excellent worship leadership experience. All students can audition for these worship team opportunities:

  • Chapel worship team members, both vocal and instrumental musicians, lead hymns and praise songs during at least one chapel service each week. 
  • Sunday Night Praise & Worship team members lead one of campus's most popular worship events at 8:30 p.m. every Sunday in Christ Chapel.
  • Upper Room is a more informal worship opportunity that is led by Praise & Worship leaders and worship arts students.
  • Church worship teams travel to participate in worship with area congregations approximately twice each month, leading congregations in traditional, contemporary and world music. Teams also provide worship leadership at local schools and regional camps.