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:
- Inspiring chapel services
- Small accountability groups
- Bible study groups
- National and international service trips
- Community service
- Basic faith courses
MVNU is listed on the national President's Honor Roll for Community Service. Over 800 students participate in service activities having given over 4,400 hours of service in the past year. There are over 150 small group participants.
One of the ways MVNU journeys together as a community of faith is by meeting to worship 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.For more information contact:
Small Group Ministries provides opportunities for students to engage and grow in their spiritual formation through being involved in a small group, taking on a student leadership role as 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 “get connected” into a small group. Small groups provide opportunities for 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 click the above link.
MVNU desires to provide some unique opportunities for its faith community to come together and lift one another up in prayer. There is a weekly gathering in the chapel for a time of prayer, various prayer rooms in the residence halls, and an email address where faculty, staff, and students can share prayer requests and praises. To learn more about prayer ministries you can click on the above link.
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 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.For more information please contact: Kendra Lambert, extension 4137.
Through CoSMO (Community Service and Ministry Opportunties) MVNU students, faculty and staff are able to engage the community—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: email@example.com.