Are you serious about your faith? Ready for it to be real—to be your own? MVNU helps you build the foundational values you need to make strong life decisions. You can question, change, and grow in a safe environment that supports your journey.
Our faith community walks right alongside you in your commitment to a Christian lifestyle. You'll develop your leadership potential, a heart for service, and a global mindset through:
- Chapel services
- Small group Bible study and accountability groups
- Mentoring program
- Critical Conversation evening programs
- National and international Service Learning Trips
- Community service
- Basic faith courses
One of the ways MVNU journeys together as a community of faith is by meeting to worship together regularly. Our belief is that no one should journey alone, but that we encounter God and His grace collectively.
We gather several times a week to engage, educate, and illuminate. These opportunities for spiritual formation bring transformation in the lives of participants. We believe that as we learn and experience together what it means to be like Christ that, as Christ-like disciples, we are empowered to change the world with the love of Christ.
We come together from a variety of worship styles and we want to make room for all. Chapel services include an array of experiences, from liturgical to contemporary, and varied styles, structures, and formats. Students, faculty, staff, and speakers from off campus all have a vital part in leading us in these experiences.
Small Group Ministries provides opportunities for new students to engage and grow in their spiritual formation through being involved in a small group, taking on a student leadership role as a small group leader and a spiritual mentor, and being involved in various prayer settings.
MVNU believes that a big part of being involved in a faith community is to â€œget connectedâ€ into a small group. Small groups provide opportunities for all new students to build positive relationships, share about life and their personal journeys with Christ, and be able to pray and support one another through their college experience. To learn how to get involved in a small group or be a small group leader, email the Director of Discipleship Ministries.
MVNU desires to provide some unique opportunities for its faith community to come together and lift one another up in prayer. There are various locations around campus for students to engage in prayer. The campus community can email a prayer request or praise to the Director of Discipleship Ministries that can be shared with faculty, staff, and students. To learn more about prayer ministries you can contact the Director of Discipleship Ministries.
Students need affirmation and support in order to develop in their confidence, independence, and personhood. This program offers upperclassmen the opportunity to reflect upon and make meaning of their college journey with someone they regard as a strong spiritual mentor. The role of a mentor is to help students process past experiences, understand where they are now, and plan for the future.
A mentor should be someone who can engage in complex ways of thinking and can help them navigate shifts within their own thinking. The mentoring program seeks to provide a positive support system for MVNU students in the areas of encouragement, prayer, and affirmation of their God-given talents, abilities, and call/vocation.
The Campus Ministries Mentoring program is geared for sophomores, juniors and seniors to meet with an MVNU faculty or staff member or a non-MVNU employee (via an application process on the MVNU Portal and approval from the Director of Discipleship Ministries).
The Student Mentor (SM) program is based in the office Student Life. The SM program serves to work in conjunction with the Residence Life staff to assist students in their MVNU experience. SMs partner with Residence Life staff to facilitate and maintain a positive spiritual climate in each residential living area. They are trained in one-on-one mentoring and accountability, discipleship, and residence hall safety procedures, and model the example of Christ through their lifestyles by living among the people they serve. SMs contribute to the overall purpose of each residence hall by leading prayer groups, providing spiritual support, and assisting in the planning of Residence Life activities and events.
MVNU offers a weekend retreat for upperclassmen each semester to provide students an opportunity to get to know one another and share their stories. Students will be invited to engage in formative and transformative opportunities to encounter God through worship, small group discussions, and practicing various spiritual disciplines. It is our hope that our upperclassmen will also build strong friendships during these retreats and bring that closeness of community back to campus with them.
Through CoSMO (Community Service and Ministry Opportunities) MVNU students, faculty and staff are able to engage the communityâ€”locally, across the United States, and around the world.Whether you have a passion for urban ministry, enjoy tutoring and mentoring in a local elementary school, or would be happy to provide a hot meal for families in need, MVNU has multiple service opportunities year-round.
For more information about CoSMO contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
M2540 stems from Matthew 25:40- The King will reply, "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." M2540 seeks to connect the content of the classroom with real world need in focused and significant ways. Initiative commitments focus on the areas of education, technology, and compassionate responses to poverty and suffering in our world.
As a campus we respond by raising awareness and funds through our passions, talents and hobbies. These include but are not limited to thrift stores, concerts, soccer tournaments, races, dinners, poetry readings, photography, and traveling to learn and serve. To learn more about M2540, you can contact the Director of Community and International Ministries.
Service Learning Trips
Service Learning Trips are travel experiences in which students, faculty and staff serve in domestic and international communities while immersing themselves in a culture different than their own. These trips include cross-cultural training before travel, conversational meetings during travel, and debriefings after travel. Recent trip destinations have included Indianapolis, IN; Fort Lauderdale, FL; McAllen, TX; Succotz, Belize; Orealla, Guyana; and Manzini, Swaziland.
Some trips require attendance at information sessions and an interview, and all trips require weekly cross-cultural training during the spring semester.
Crossing Cultures Credit is available with each trip.