Student Groups and Programs

From small group gatherings to large events, Gustavus students gather in a variety of settings to participate in a wide range of different activities as they explore their faith and spirituality together with their peers. 

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Assisting Ministers—Sundays

Assisting ministers participate in Sunday worship services in Christ Chapel by assisting the presiding minister with the liturgy. Gustavus seniors, faculty and staff are welcome to assist. If interested, please contact Cantor Chad Winterfeldt at cwinterf@gustavus.edu.

Christ Chapel Ministers

Christ Chapel ministers are students who assist in the ministry of Christ Chapel by ushering, carrying the cross and candles in Daily Sabbath and Sunday Chapel, reading lessons, writing and/or reading prayers, and serving as music ministers. If interested, please contact Cantor Chad Winterfeldt at cwinterf@gustavus.edu.

Community-Based Service

There are a myriad of one-time and on-going service programs with which to become involved at Gustavus. Stop by the CBSL in Johnson Student Union to learn more about the service, social justice and civic engagement opportunities available in this area!

Cru—Thursdays, 8:30 pm (Konferensrum)

Cru is an interdenominational Christian community and bible study. All are welcome! For more information, contact Sarah Claessens at sclaesse@gustavus.edu 

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)—Mondays, 7:30 pm (Lund 207)

The mission of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes is to touch millions of lives... one heart at a time. Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes in all levels of competition to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ. Our campus chapter meets for Bible study, videos, singing, learning, and fellowship each week. For more information, contact Ellyn Adelmann at eadelman@gustavus.edu

Feminist Bible Study—Mondays, 6:30 pm

Feminist Bible Study is a group for women who are committed to feminism and women’s equality and want to explore their faith, ask and examine spiritual questions, deepen their understanding of the Bible’s stories about women, and find a sense of belonging in a Christian community that honors women's voices, perspectives, and experiences. If you are interested in joining, please email Chaplain Siri Erickson at sericks5@gustavus.edu

GOLD Christian Leadership Series—Fridays during Fall Semester, 2:30-4 pm (Anderson 100)

The Christian Leadership series will provide you with an opportunity to develop a clearer understanding of your theological voice, understand principles of Christian Leadership, and learn strategies for sustaining a more consistent, effective and healthy life of Christian leadership. In 2017, meetings will take place on September 29th, October 6th, 13th, and 27th, and November 3rd, 10th, and 17th.

GOLD Interfaith Leadership Series—Fridays during Spring Semester, 2:30-4 pm (Anderson 100)

We live in a religiously diverse world. Learning how to lead and be a bridge-builder in religiously diverse environments - campuses, neighborhoods, communities, workplaces, in and among nations - is a critical skill for every student to learn regardless of their own religious identity and commitments. This series is for anyone who wants to learn how to better lead individuals and communities who orient around religion differently toward greater understanding and cooperation. We give particular attention to engaging in civic interfaith leadership in religiously diverse democracies. In 2018, meetings will take place on March 9th, 16th, and 23th, April 13th, 20th, and 27th, and May 4th.

Gustavus Interfaith Lodge (GIL)—Tuesdays, 5-6 pm (Bonnnier Multifaith Center)

This group will explore ways that students, faculty and staff from different faith traditions can learn from and support one another. Outreach, education, communication, partnership, and mutual respect are the foundations of our work. For more information, contact Jared Morningstar at jmorning@gustavus.edu 

Gustavus Meditation—Tuesdays, 7–8 pm (Bonnnier Multifaith Center)

Gustavus Meditation is the perfect study break and time to wind down from the busy day to clear your mind. Meditation is led by a local Buddhist monk, Prof. John Cha, and Cody Kirk and is followed by discussion. The purpose of this organization is to provide a weekly meditation classes for the entire Gustavus campus. This organization also holds an annual Buddhist Vesak Festival. For more information, contact Jennie Ware at jware2@gustavus.edu 

Gustavus Youth Outreach (GYO)—Sundays, 5 pm (The Dive)

Gustavus Youth Outreach is committed to sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ and providing opportunities for Gustavus students to serve God by participating in off-campus Christian Youth Ministry. Outreach teams travel throughout the area, working in cooperation with churches or youth groups, to present youth events such as lock-ins, special youth evenings, leadership sessions, Sunday services, or other events that churches request. Bookings include worship, songs, games, Bible study, discussion groups, skits/drama/clowning, and just about anything else teams creatively dream up. If you love God, spending time with kids (elementary through high school), and having a ton of fun, then GYO might be for you! For more information, contact Kristen Matthews at kmatthe2@gustavus.edu or Matt Ouren at mouren@gustavus.edu 

Muslim Student Association (MSA)—Thursdays, 7 pm (Location Varies)

The Muslim Student Association is a place for Muslim students to come together regardless of where they stand with their faith. The group is also open to non-Muslims. It is a support group and it is a group that educates the Gustavus community while at the same time educating ourselves. It is a place where people can feel welcome without any judgment. For more information, contact Suleman Asif at sasif@gustavus.edu 

Newman Center—Sundays, 9:45 am (Three Flags)

The Newman Center is a group of students dedicated to building a deeper understanding of the Roman Catholic faith. Activities include fellowship events, campus-wide prayer services and masses, car pools to mass at the Church of St. Peter, and work with the St. Peter Catholic youth group. The Newman Center is a place to pray, talk, read, and find information on Catholicism, religious issues, and group events. For more information, contact Sara Graves at sgraves@gustavus.edu 

Prepare Ministries—Wednesdays, 7:30 pm (Konferensrum)

Prepare Ministries is an interdenominational Christian campus ministry called to build this new generation of believers to prepare the way for the coming of the Lord. We are committed to courageously and compassionately building foundations of truth by facilitating life-on-life mentoring relationships, regularly sponsoring global mission trips and holding campus meetings that incorporate worship, Bible study, teaching, prayer, ministry and fellowship. For more information, contact Ryan Prichard at rprichar@gustavus.edu 

Proclaim—Tuesday, 9–10 pm (Alumni Hall)

Proclaim is a student-run, inter-denominational Christian worship service that focuses on praising God through contemporary worship, skits, fellowship and other various activities that help build a close community of Jesus’ followers. Short messages are also part of the service, and are given by students, faculty, staff and other guests. All are welcome and encouraged to attend! For more information, contact Mae Grigsby at mgrigsby@gustavus.edu 

Sunday Worshiping Community—Sunday, 10:30 am (Christ Chapel)

The Sunday Worshiping Community leadership team, otherwise known as the 'Chapel Squad', helps plan and lead Sunday worship in Christ Chapel. For more information, contact Megan Eide at meide@gustavus.edu 

United Christian Ministries

United brings together the leaders of all the Christian organizations on campus to foster Christian unity on campus. Its signature ministries include Vespers, Explore Faith, Jesus Week, and Leadership Development Retreats. For more information, contact Zach Croonquist at zcroonqu@gustavus.edu