Grow spiritually

Your growth as a Christian is an essential part of your Northwestern education. It’s the reason our standard-setting campus ministry staff—including three who are seminary-trained—provides many opportunities for students to encounter and impact God’s kingdom on campus and around the world.

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Christian formation

A Christ-centered worldview is part of everything you experience at Northwestern. In addition to regular worship, Bible studies and mission trips, we also offer retreats, spiritual practices instruction and speakers on topics relevant to college students.

Praise + Worship

Diverse worship experiences on campus include chapel, prayer and student-led Praise + Worship on Sunday nights. Students can audition for worship teams that plan and lead worship on campus.

Discipleship groups

Discipleship groups meet weekly on every residence hall wing or floor. Students say participation in D-Groups increases their prayer life, their sense of belonging, their knowledge of the Bible, and their ability and motivation to live out their faith in the world.

Spring Service Partnerships

During spring break, more than 170 students serve in teams at ministry sites around the world, including Haiti, Nicaragua and the Netherlands. Teams are led by students and a faculty or staff member and receive training ahead of time.

Summer of Service

Each summer, around 20 students spend 6 to 10 weeks serving at an international ministry site. Training is provided by experienced mission staff. Northwestern SOSers have served in 90+ countries.

Mission trips

Athletic teams and performing arts groups complete mission projects and go on mission trips together.

Justice + service ministry

Justice and service ministry teams raise students’ awareness of the injustices of human trafficking, food and shelter scarcity, and incarceration and inmate issues. Students visit prisons, package food, and serve people who have been marginalized.