Students, faculty, and staff are invited once a week to attend these campus worship services that include music, prayer, and teaching. The campus pastor, members of the community, and speakers from across the country and around the world engage our hearts and minds with the truth of Scripture and challenge us to live it out in practical ways. A variety of worship styles drawn from various traditions, from classical to charismatic, African-American to Hispanic, liturgical to contemporary, make each service something unique.
Chapel takes place every Wednesday morning at 10:30 in Anderson Chapel.
Listen to Past Chapel Services here
Watch past chapel services here
collegelife is a dynamic student-driven weekly encounter with God. with oversight by the collegelife coordinator, student leaders propel the major components and ethos of the service. collegelife is held weekly on sundays at 8:00pm in anderson chapel.
pdf of craig's last message here
watch videos of collegelife here
Global Partnerships provides students with opportunities for cross-cultural experiences that expand their faith, their views of the world and their commitment to a lifestyle of justice. Through partnership trips that go out over spring and summer breaks, students travel all over the world learning, building relationships and serving. These trips are open to students from all backgrounds, religious traditions and levels of experience.
As a program of University Ministries, Global Partnerships seeks to transform students to impact the world for God.
Through Global Partnerships we hope to give students a love for the global church and a passion for serving in cross-cultural contexts. We want Global Partnerships to be an experience where students can live out Micah 6:8, “To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God,” both on campus and around the world. We seek to be a blessing to our global partners through service, prayer and encouragement, just as they continue to be a blessing to us through their teaching, example and hospitality.
The Sankofa Experience at North Park University combines readings, films, classes and community meetings concerning social constructions of race and how they impact other identities. Individuals from various backgrounds come together to explore the theological, political, and cultural dimensions of racial reconciliation and human wholeness. The experience culminates in a 60-hour bus pilgrimage (modeled after the historic freedom rides) across the United States where participants grapple with what it means to become a beloved community.
Undergraduate students have the option of participating in the Sankofa Experience as a two-credit class (AS-2540) during the Spring semester pending successful completion of an application and interview process. The program is facilitated as a joint venture of the Office of Diversity and University Ministries.
The bus trip for the next Sankofa Experience will take place February 18th - 22nd, 2015. Apply online today.
Under the direction of Steve Kelly, student worship teams draw the North Park community into a posture of worship and praise. The worship and arts ministry values various cultural expressions of worship with an ethos of connecting with God and the world He loves.
Directed by Steve Kelly and Helen Hudgens and open to all singers, the Gospel Choir performs contemporary sacred music from the spiritual and gospel genres. A select ensemble of singers, drawn from the choir by audition, serves as a touring ensemble for the group. Performance opportunities include concerts, chapel services, and worship services at local churches. This group is open to music majors and non-music majors; no audition is required.
IN HIS PRESENCE
The worship team recently released a new album available for free download at the following link: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/northparkuniversity
Listen to the album here
“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.” 2 Corinthians 3:18
The mission of University Ministries is to foster lives of significance and service by engaging students and the campus and equipping leaders for the purpose of extending the kingdom of God. One way we are seeking to equip leaders as followers of Jesus who bear witness to the glory of God in the kingdom of God is the Discipleship Movement on campus.
We believe that discipleship is a corporate project that encompasses all of life: who we are, what we believe, and how we live. In this project, God in Christ through the Holy Spirit conforms us into the image of Christ. And in the Discipleship Movement at North Park we want to invite students deeper into this project.
The Discipleship Movement offers students an opportunity to walk together and be formed into the image of Christ as lovers of God and neighbor. This is kingdom work, and work which requires one another, so we are asking students to make a year-long commitment to do so with a group of fellow students. If you are interested in learning more about the Discipleship Movement, contact Erik Borggren.
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35
Small groups are one way we seek to do life together and grow as followers of Jesus. They are a way for us to grow deeper in our faith, in our self-understanding, and in our love for others. Choosing to follow Jesus and to love as Jesus loves is the way of true life, and we are invited to do so together! Being plugged into a Small Group is one way to walk this journey with others.
You can connect with a small group throughout the academic year. If you are interested in being a part of a small group on campus contact Erik Borggren to ask about your options. Click here to sign up.
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” Acts 2:42
Prayer plays an important role in University Ministries. In prayer, we acknowledge that all of life is lived before and with God. A prayer room is located near the UMin office and provides a place for students to get away and pray. But our hope is that there would also be spaces for prayer in every apartment and house on campus. Contact Erik Borggren with any questions you may have about the prayer team or with ideas for prayer gatherings on campus.
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Urban Outreach serves the North Park University community by creating and facilitating opportunities for city-wide civic engagement. Students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to volunteer with various nonprofits and interest groups through three main tracks that serve as avenues of engagement: presence, policy and programming.
arms of engagement
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To inspire, inform and invite North Park University students, faculty and staff to engage the city of Chicago as contemplative activists who effect change and transformation in our urban context: Significance and service.
The contemplative is someone who exercises careful reflection with regard to their faith and values. The activist is someone who acts upon their faith and values and effectively embodies them in the world.
We believe that the urban community around us possesses great assets that the North Park community can learn from and appreciate. One of the methodological tools we utilize in seeing these assets actualized is called Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) proposed in a seminal article by Jody Kretzmann and John McKnight.
Asset based community development “starts with what is present in the community, the capacities of its residents and workers, the associational and institutional base of the area--not with what is absent, or with what is problematic, or with what the community needs.” Reprinted with permission of John P. Kretzmann and John L. McKnight, pp. 1-11, from Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community's Assets, Evanston, IL: Institute for Policy Research (1993).
The sports ministry at NPU exists to help student-athletes learn how to integrate their faith into their sport and every aspect of their lives. Our desire is to engage every student-athlete at NPU with the transforming power of the Gospel so that they may:
§ Discover and develop a vibrant relationship with Jesus,
§ Experience the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives,
§ Be inspired and equipped to work for justice and extend mercy as they reach out to those around them with the Gospel.
§ Reach their full potential—not just as athletes—but as people who have a unique contribution to make to better our city and world.
The Locker Room is a place where faith, life, and sport meet. In a laid back, interactive, and safe environment, student athletes can explore with their peers what it means to integrate faith in Christ into every area of their lives—including their sport—through relevant bible teaching and meaningful interactions with their peers. There is always lots of free food and snacks, opportunities to form meaningful relationships with other Vikings athletes, some friendly competition to make things interesting, and occasional visits from other professional and collegiate athletes who are on the same journey of faith. The Locker Room is definitely the place to be for Vikings athletes on Tuesday nights!!!
For more information contact Craig Hendrickson, Head Athletic Chaplain
Team studies: Student led, staff driven. While team chaplains may initiate studies, the goal is to have at least 1-2 student athletes on every team large enough to support one lead a study among their teammates. The groups are intended to provide a safe environment for student athletes to go deeper into personal and spiritual issues so that they can develop a vibrant relationship with Jesus.
One-to-one discipleship: Provided by individual team chaplains, or by the Head Athletic Chaplain on teams without a team chaplain to provide student-athletes with the support they need to grow towards spiritual maturity.
Personal and spiritual counseling: Provided by the Head Athletic Chaplain and individual team chaplains to meet the socio-emotional and spiritual needs of student-athletes at NPU.
Our vision is to help foster a dynamic environment where faith undergirds both service and learning.
Inspired by our core institutional documents and the Bible, North Park University Ministries fosters lives of significance and service by engaging students and the campus and equipping leaders for the purpose of extending the kingdom of God. We do this through the formation of strategic alliances and partnerships, relevant proclamation of the word in the context of a dynamic and engaging worship services (Chapel & CollegeLife), safe and nurturing formational groups, and the provision of meaningful curricular and co-curricular opportunities to engage the world around us—locally, nationally, and globally.
Engage the Campus –to awaken the North Park University community to the vision of God—its opportunities and challenges—and provide creative, compelling, and accessible avenues of engagement for all to enter into the story of God. This means among other things, identifying and collaborating with individuals and departments who share the same vision and help others see and embrace the vision of God. We seek to find ways to present Jesus clearly to all for consideration.
By Equip we mean -- Intentional efforts to prepare the North Park University community especially leaders to engage the culture around them for the purpose of influencing it for God. As we learn from Eph 4: 12, one of the chief role of a biblically grounded leadership is to equip God’s people for work of service to build the body up and keep it grounded in the faith. We hope as a result, we will grow in our understanding of who we are, who God is, in our understanding of others, and the world around us.
One of our responsibilities as the people of God is to extend his domain here on earth. To this end, we pray that the Lord’s kingdom will come and his will will be done here on earth as it is in heaven (Matt. 6:9-13; Luke 11:1-4). In addition to praying, we extend the kingdom of God, as a department, by providing meaningful opportunities for students and the campus at large to put our faith into action. Through University Ministries, we have the privilege to engage the world around us—Chicago, United States and globally.
Judy Peterson is the campus pastor for North Park University. She comes to this role after previously serving congregations in Madison, Wisconsin and Elgin, Illinois. Judy is passionate about communicating good news in everyday language and travels across the United States speaking to audiences about how to put feet to their faith. Her passion for walking it out took the form of walking across the United States for her internship toward her Master of Divinity degree at North Park Theological Seminary. While the walk across the United States is how Judy first received the name "walking pastor" it is her day to day desire to walk into the lives of others that continues to make the title well deserved. Judy is happily married to Jeff Peterson.
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