The heart of Concordia University is Jesus Christ. The university was founded upon, and moves forward under, his name. We recognize and celebrate that everything we receive to use, enjoy, and give away is from God alone. This is the beginning of worship! In response to God’s gifts, we give him our whole-hearted attentiveness, adoration, and assistance to others.
Worship on Concordia’s campus takes many forms. During the week we gather daily for chapel. It is a brief time set aside for receiving God’s gifts through his word and a devotional message as well as responding with songs and prayers. Chapel is not mandatory, but many faculty, staff, and students come together in community to strengthen their Christian faith.
Wednesday evenings provide students the opportunity to plan, lead, and participate in a time of prayer and praise called “Lighthouse.” You will also find students gathering for small group Bible studies, prayer, and group devotions in residence halls.
Worship is also characterized by the many service events throughout the semester. When we sacrifice time, attention, and effort to help others in the name of Jesus, we are also worshiping. Paul wrote in Romans 12:1, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”
Finally, students are encouraged to gather with other Christians at local churches on Sundays. A list of neighboring churches is available to students to find a church where they fit. Some congregations provide transportation to and from their worship services for students.
Concordia University works hard through all these experiences to help students grow and mature in their spiritual lives. By the end of their time at Concordia we hope students have not only earned a degree, but also gained deep friendships, resilient spirits, matured attitudes, and passionate beliefs.