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
Athlete story: Jess Brennis, volleyball
Volleyball athlete and philosophy major Jess Brennis went on a life changing mission trip to Haiti last summer which opened her eyes to the lives of people in third world countries and the abject poverty that her fellow humans suffer.
Experiencing spiritual revival on campus
Each year NNU’s Office of Spiritual Formation plans Fall Revival, a three-day chapel emphasis aimed to rejuvenate the spiritual life of the entire campus. Guest speaker Dr. Richard Beck, professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at Abilene Christian University, focused his messages on love.
The NNU experience transcends curriculum
Transferring can be a difficult process, but the transformational impact NNU has on students both now and in the future makes it all worthwhile. Such is the story of Communication Science senior Ben Gangwer.
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.
Crusader women’s soccer builds team and trust
Over the past few years, Northwest Nazarene University Athletics has given its student-athletes once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that go beyond the playing fields and courts. Most recently, the NNU women’s soccer team spent a week in the island nation of Trinidad off the coast of Venezuela.
Students serve the local community
Serve Day is an incredible NNU tradition that is impactful for both students and the organizations that are served. This year, students and campus community members went to Hope House, Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, and the neighborhoods surrounding campus to volunteer in various ways.
Crusader Choir & Orchestra perform in South Korea
The day after NNU’s 100th Commencement, the Crusader Choir & Orchestra (CCO) left for a two-week tour across South Korea. Led by Dr. Philip Miller, this group of 40 students performed 21 concerts with audiences ranging from 500 to 2,500 people.