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Find your spiritual home with Graceland Campus Ministries

As a part of the Student Life team, Campus Ministries seeks to help students find a spiritual home while at Graceland University.

A spiritual home is a courageous space where each individual can explore and deepen their relationship with the divine. A disciple of Jesus Christ can practice and experience Christ’s mission of compassion, evangelism, justice, peacemaking and discipleship. Campus Ministries is a partnership with Community of Christ, the founding and sponsoring church of Graceland University.

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The Enduring Principles of Community of Christ are at the core of who we are and what we do:

  • Grace and generosity
  • Sacredness of creation
  • Continuing revelation
  • Worth of all persons
  • All are called
  • Responsible choices
  • Worth of all persons
  • All are called
  • Responsible choices

Campus Ministries seeks to build community, share faith and create peace. It is much more than just our slogan. Together with students, faculty and staff, we are called to build community in our houses, through our ministries and across campus; to share faith through worship, education, action and interfaith experiences; to work for justice in such a way that we create peace for the world, our campus, one another and ourselves; to equip ourselves and others for service; and to experience and engage first-hand in mission.

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Get involved.

Campus Ministries offers many ways to get involved. While we continue to seek new ways of doing things, our current ministries and activities include:

  • Sunday Morning Worship – Student-led worship in the Community of Christ tradition and utilizing the gifts of students, faculty and staff.
  • Afterglow (Sunday evening worship) – Student-led worship with a student band that shares a message and music with a mission.
  • SafeRide – The Graceland University SafeRide program provides transportation to campus within a 10-mile radius of Graceland’s Lamoni campus. It operates from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Friday and Saturday evenings while the University is in session.
  • Wednesday night activities – Ministries include Coffee & Tea Talks, Catholic Services, Scripture Study and Interfaith options.
  • Pastoral care and support – Campus Ministries offers pastoral care and support for students including spiritual guidance and financial assistance for food, clothing and other basic living needs related to university life.

Our team includes a number of students in three capacities:

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CHC (Council of House Chaplains) 

The elected House chaplains and the CHC president are called to build community, share faith, and create justice and peace in their respective houses, in the residence halls, and campus-wide through creativity and collaboration. The CHC serves in an advisory role to the campus minister. Chaplains are an important part of the House Council of each house. The CHC is now open to affiliate chaplains, those who serve sports teams or other groups.

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CMA (Campus Ministries Associates) 

This group of student employees is responsible for a wide-range of services and ministries on campus. It includes student pastors, Sunday morning worship coordinators, Afterglow coordinators, music and technology specialists, SafeRide coordinator and assistants. Positions may change year-to-year based on student interests, needs and giftedness.

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Community of Christ Missional Ministry and Leadership Program

Students in InSpire develop and demonstrate life-long ministry and leadership skills providing ministry on campus through Missional Ministry and Leadership Practicum (RELG1700/RELG3700). It is available each semester for credit with all resources provided through the generosity of Community of Christ members and friends. InSpire graduates are recognized for their participation in the program at baccalaureate.

To find out more about our ministries, activities and services, please drop by and see us in the Campus Ministries Suite in the Newcom Student Union, join our group on Facebook, or call or email us. Blessings.

Mike Hoffman, Campus Minister
office: 641.784.5466 | cell: 641.223.0675 | email: