Leadership & Service

Leadership and service opportunities at Graceland give students the opportunity to meet new people, connect to campus, recognize their leadership potential and clarify personal, academic and professional goals. Students participating in leadership and service programs at Graceland University engage in a journey toward personal growth, social responsibility and building community.

Student Government & House Council Leadership

At Graceland, we offer a unique system that merges student government and the housing system. Each floor of the residence halls is designated as a "house” with its own name, symbol and colors. The integration of student government and the houses allows student leaders to impact the entire campus community and to plan and run programs for the house. This is accomplished by house council leaders becoming the members and decision makers in the student government organizations. This unique system immediately engages students in positive communities.

Graceland Student Government (GSG)

GSG consists of six branches and a GSG President:

  • Campus Organization for Social Activities (COSA)
  • Senate
  • Academic Student Council (ASC)
  • Council of House Chaplains (CHC)
  • Council of House Presidents (CHP)
  • Intramurals
  • Campus Ministries and Ministerial Leadership

Campus Ministries at Graceland University follows an integrated vision for each person’s personal, vocational and spiritual development in the life of community. Though Christian in identity and tradition, Campus Ministries’ mission is ecumenical and interfaith in scope. The Campus Ministries program on the Lamoni campus covers a variety of weekly worship experiences as well as events that focus on personal wholeness and peace & justice ministry. The Chaplain program partners with Residence Life to offer practical leadership experience for students interested in combining peer leadership and ministry. The Community of Christ Leadership Program (CCLP) offers a minor in church leadership along with training events, spiritual retreats and hands-on ministry experience for students interested in Christian leadership and congregational life.


InSpire is a transformative program that enables students to organically develop into leaders in the Community of Christ.

The journey created by InSpire is formational as students recognize, begin, or continue their sense of calling in higher education. Through this program, educational and practical experiences are created for students to grow into an effective bi-vocational minister. By merging theirs fields of interest with ethical, theological and missional foundations, participants will find an “inspiration” that carries them into a fulfilling life of ministry

AmeriCorps Youth Launch

AmeriCorps Youth Launch (AYL) provides positive youth development activities that build a youth-serving network in a six county region in south-central Iowa. AYL assists students in achieving educational success and building developmental assets through the involvement and support of many community partners. With a goal to increase the awareness of and engage youth in civically minded activities, members provide youth development and “5 promises” to youth of all ages throughout the area and encourage them to find their “spark”. For students who wish to get involved in the AmeriCorps Program, or to volunteer, please visit Americorp at GU.




**Graceland University is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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