Verse of the Year 2017-2018:
“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.”
- Colossians 3:1-3 NLT
Most students today are searching for something. Each one desires a sense of connection, growth, authenticity and mission in life. At Huntington, we believe Jesus Christ brings that to the table. He touches our hearts, opens our minds and ultimately changes our lives – and our passion is to equip students to share Him and His story with friends, neighbors and ultimately the world. To us spiritual formation is about more than a religion, it is a faith journey we travel together.
Since the narrative story of the Christian faith is so essential to the spiritual journey of our students, we provide a wealth of experiences that bring “The Story” alive. Our chapel, Ekklesia, and Bible study/convocation opportunities are designed to challenge the entire Huntington Community in their faith journey throughout the week. Students personally interact with Campus Ministry Coordinators (CMCs) who seek to embody the love of Christ on the dorm floor. To encounter more international experiences, students interact with Global Vision and participate in mission opportunities sponsored by our Campus Ministries office.
Our students want a faith journey that connects to life; that provides depth and dialogue in applying academic and spiritual disciplines to today’s issues, expresses cultural diversity through the arts and music, and calls one to servanthood, mission and relationship through community.
The Campus Ministries Office works very closely with faculty, Student Life, and the Friesen Center for Volunteer Service to provide rich opportunities for personal spiritual growth, Christian service, and the integration of faith and learning.
We might think that God wanted simply obedience to a set of rules: whereas He really wants people of a particular sort. ~ C.S. Lewis
The Campus Ministries program is designed to challenge students, staff and faculty to commitment and growth in their Christian life. The program aims to provide depth and dialogue in applying academic and spiritual disciplines to today’s issues, express cultural diversity through the arts and music, and call individuals to servanthood, mission, career and relationship through campus-wide community. Several categories of programs ensure that these varied objectives are met. Chapel programs that meet twice a week promote the spiritual enrichment and growth of students, staff and faculty. On Wednesday nights we have Vespers. This service will provide a more participatory atmosphere of worship. The emphasis will be on engaging God corporately through numerous avenues such as arts, singing of hymns, reading and meditating on scripture, symbols, etc. Never expect the same service twice. Ekklesia, a student-led chapel offered the last Wednesday evening of each month, allows student leadership to develop spiritually enriching programs for their peers. Small Groups are offered on Fridays led by volunteer faculty, staff, and local ministers in the community. If Small Groups aren’t really your thing or you prefer a more liturgical worship service we offer Mid-Day Prayer that meets once a week during the Small Group hour. It includes prayers, psalms, Bible readings, and a reflection on the reading for the day. On occasion, convocations are offered in place of the Small Groups or Mid-Day Prayer hour. Convocations focus on current issues or themes relating to the Christian liberal arts purposes of the University.