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We are called first to love. We learned that from Jesus.
NNU's faith community is rooted in love for God and one another, but it is not a Christian hideout from the world. Students and faculty alike challenge one another to examine, articulate and own their own faith. At NNU, you'll find a number of ways to help you grow in your faith:
- Connect with other students through Timeout, a weekly student-led ministry service
- Serve in local ministry in the Boise Rescue Mission or in international ministry through mission trips to Peru, Bangladesh or Rwanda
- Join a D-Group, a small gathering of four NNU students and one faculty or staff leader, and explore how God is moving in your life
- Participate in inspirational Chapel services
Winter Awakening: students focus on prayer
Each year NNU's Office of Spiritual Formation plans Winter Awakening, a three-day chapel emphasis aimed to rejuvenate the spiritual life of the entire campus. Travis Whittaker—lead pastor of Mile City Church, a new church plant in Livonia, Michigan—provided the sermons and focused his messages on the Lord’s Prayer.
Advice from pastors on the Northwest Region
We reached out to pastors on the Northwest Region to ask them what their advice would be to students seeking transformation in their relationships in Christ in the new year. The response was phenomenal! So many, in fact, that we couldn’t fit them all in one place. We think the advice they gave is relevant no matter what age you are or where you’re at in your walk.
Five ways to engage and grow spiritually
"If any NNU student wants a community to grow spiritually with, they came to the right place—spiritual guidance and encouragement is bountiful here. There are tons of opportunities to engage in God’s word, to worship Christ, to leave comfort zones, to serve in the community and, in the process, to grow spiritually—you just need to know where to look."
We Love to Worship
Chapel is a great break from the craziness of every-day life. You will have the opportunity to hear from people both on and off campus: guest speakers, your professors, Reverends Dustin and Olivia Metcalf, and maybe even that guy who sits next to you in the Dex. Student-led worship ministry will give you time to stop worrying about that up-coming test, slow down and rest in God's presence.
Why is chapel a part of the NNU experience?
There are some things we all need to learn. The life of the mind and the life of the heart come together as we gather for chapel.
There are some things we all need to hear. There are voices of challenge, and hope and cries of desperate need that you may not hear anywhere else.
There are some things we all need to do. No one seeks the kingdom of God alone. We worship together, we pray together, and we make a difference together.
Why do we have chapel at Northwest Nazarene University? Because there are some things we all need.
We Love Serving the Kingdom of God
Serving abroad or domestically is a transformative experience, and we hope that every NNU student sets foot on foreign soil during their college career. At NNU, students, faculty and staff enter cross-cultural contexts on a mission to listen, learn and serve. You'll have opportunities to join God in what He is already doing around the world while serving alongside missionaries and local leaders in ministry.
Becoming Christ’s ambassadors
NNU educates students to become God’s creative and redemptive agents. A year-long chapel theme explores how students can engage some of the most challenging issues in today’s world.
Opportunities for change: summer mission trips
Each summer, Northwest Nazarene University sends out faculty and students to make a difference in people’s lives around the globe. This summer five mission teams will be sent to serve in Poland, Liberia, Colombia, Haiti, and Kenya.
Crusaders travel to Kenya to deliver Christmas gifts
Inspired by their coaches, Jake and Jenny Perry, seven current student-athletes and Northwest Nazarene alumnus Ashley Puga, volunteered their time this Christmas season to help Sean and Meredith Stewart with One 5 Ministries, and Andy and Jamie Fehr with Wordsower International.