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 each 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)
- Academic Student Council (ASC)
- Council of House Chaplains (CHC)
- Council of House Presidents (CHP)
- Intramurals (IMs)
Campus Ministries and Ministerial Leadership
Campus Ministries collaborates with others to create a spiritual home for students in the Community of Christ tradition on the Graceland University campus. We are a welcoming and loving faith community that values the worth of every person. A spiritual home is a 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 compassion, evangelism, justice and peacemaking, disciple formation, and presence. The Community of Christ tradition includes the call to uphold all people, including those of other faiths, as our neighbors. We believe all persons are of inestimable worth and sharing with them in interfaith dialogue, ministries and service creates a stronger transforming community.
InSpire is the Community of Christ missional ministry and leadership experience at Graceland University. It is formational, helping students to recognize, begin, and/or continue their call to effective bi-vocational ministry merging their fields of interests and education with theological and ethical understanding and missional ministry and leadership. InSpire is grounded in the call found in Doctrine and Covenants 163:4c:
Let the educational and community development endeavors of the church equip people of all ages to carry the ethics of Christ’s peace into all arenas of life. Prepare new generations of disciples to bring fresh vision to bear on the perplexing problems of poverty, disease, war and environmental deterioration. Their contributions will be multiplied if their hearts are focused on God’s will for creation.
There are three components to InSpire:
Missional Ministry – First and foremost is ministry - new and creative expressions of how we build community, share faith, and create justice and peace at Graceland and beyond. This may be informally as one-on-one with friends, on houses, on teams, or in clubs and organizations, or more formally through serving on Council of House Chaplains and/or Campus Ministries as either a volunteer or a student employee.
The Practicum – This one-semester-hour practicum shapes our missional ministry and leadership on campus. Freshman may enroll in RELG1700/RELG3700 Missional Ministry and Leadership Practicum, which explores ministry possibilities on campus and pairs the student with a student mentor. Each semester, participants will study topics related to ministry seeking to make connections between on-campus ministry, curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. This includes ministry and leadership through serving in organizations whose purposes align with the church’s principles and mission and participation in seminars, workshops, Temple School classes and retreats based on interests.
Related Academic Coursework – One of the incredible opportunities at Graceland is to enroll in courses related to faith, spirituality and religion. This might include a specific track in Essential Education, selections related to vocational call, majors, minors or an undergraduate certificate.
AmeriCorps Youth Launch
AYL (AmeriCorps Youth Launch) 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. Students are encouraged to find their “spark”. For students who wish to get involved in the AmeriCorps Program or to volunteer, please visit AmeriCorp at GU.
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