Campus Ministries engages students in building community, sharing faith, and creating peace at Graceland. We merge two partners through who we are and what we do: Graceland University and Community of Christ, the university’s founding and sponsoring Christian denomination. We provide student ministry and leadership development, pastoral care and counseling, spiritual formation and assistance for basic living needs.
Campus Ministries strives to create a spiritual home for students. A spiritual home is courageous space where each person can explore and deepen their relationship with God, and if a disciple of Jesus Christ, can live out more fully Christ’s mission of invitation, compassion, evangelism, justice and peacemaking, and disciple formation. We encourage all students to discern their vocation and calling through academics, interfaith activities and their own faith tradition.
Graceland is non-sectarian, which means that students have the choice to participate in on-campus spiritual and religious practices. Most weekly activities and worship, offered in the Community of Christ tradition, are student-led. We collaborate with other faith traditions for both on-campus and off-campus options for students. Sunday mornings (9 a.m. to Noon) and Wednesday nights (6 – 9 p.m.) are reserved for students to find relaxation, renewal and restoration, referred to as the 3Rs. Campus Ministries and others on campus sponsor activities during those times to help students meet those objectives.
Campus Ministries is part of Student Life team. Through collaboration, we uphold the worth of all persons and the importance of balancing academics with co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Campus Ministries is located in Newcom Student Union, offices 14 and 19.
Our team includes
- house chaplains, elected by their respective houses, to offer spiritual friendship and support, led by the president of the Council of House Chaplains; house chaplains are part of Graceland Student Government,
- student chaplains, employed in specialized areas of ministry and service to the Lamoni campus,
- students in InSpire, a ministry and leadership development initiative sponsored by Community of Christ, offering new and creative approaches to ministry (see below),
- the graduate assistant for campus ministries who serves part-time and is enrolled in the Community of Christ Seminary, and
- the full-time Campus Minister, director of spiritual and religious life on campus.
InSpire: Missional Ministry and Leadership
InSpire prepares students for lifelong service in missional ministry and leadership. Through a formational process, the missional ministry and leadership program guides students through their on-campus ministry. The goal is to merge fields of interests and education with theological and ethical understanding into relevant ministry. The practicum is a one-hour for-credit experience offered every semester. Contact the Campus Minister for more information.