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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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, United in Christ Week, and Leadership Development Retreats. For more information, contact Henri Santelman at hsantelm@gustavus.edu 

Cru—Thursdays, 8:30 pm (The Dive)

Cru is an interdenominational Christian community and bible study. All are welcome! 

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)—Mondays, 10 am (Lund in gathering space outside of Hockey Arena)

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 Monday Motivator, a time for learning and fellowship each week. 

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! 

Newman Center

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. Rosary Prayer takes place on Mondays from 10-10:20am in the Multifaith Center. Rides to Mass at the Church of St. Peter leave from Three Flags at 9:45am on Sundays. 

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.

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! 

Sunday Worshiping Community—Sunday, 6:30 pm (Christ Chapel)

Sunday evening worship is a contemplative place to bring all of yourself and experience God in community. This service often combines ancient and modern Christian practices in a relaxed setting. Sing together, pray, hear a message, and feel the presence of Christ through holy communion. Fellowship and pizza follows. 

Other groups and events:

 
Preaching Internship
Explore and practice the craft of preaching and sermon writing. Openings for fall and spring semester. Contact Chaplain Maggie for more information mfalenschek@gustavus.edu 
 
Ministry Discernment Group
Community for those interested in exploring a call to professional ministry or work within a church. Meets 1-2 times per semester. Contact Chaplain Maggie if you're interested mfalenschek@gustavus.edu 
 
The Color of Compromise book study
Fall 2020
Explore the American Church's complicity in systems of racism with Kate Knutson (Political Science) and Maggie Falenschek (Chaplains Office). This group will meet once a month. Contact Maggie Falenschek if you are interested. 
 
DormForm
Fall 2020. The Chaplains' Office is hosting a 28-day personal reflection and virtual small-group connection experience in September and early October. If you choose to opt in, you’ll receive daily reflection questions by email and an invitation to join weekly small group discussions about things that matter most to you. At the end of this experience, you’ll have a deeper understanding of who you are, how you can make the most of your time this year, and what you might want to do with your life during and beyond college. This experience is open to students from all identities and backgrounds. Email Siri Erickson if you are interested. 
 
 
Alpha Chi Delta
Christian men's fraternity

Christ Chapel Worship Team

Christ Chapel ministers are students who assist in the ministry of Christ Chapel during daily sabbath or Sunday worship by ushering, assiting, carrying the cross and candles, reading lessons, writing and/or reading prayers, and serving as music ministers. If interested, please contact Chaplain Maggie Falenschek at mfalenschek@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!

Gustavus Interfaith Forum (GIF)—Wednesdays, 7-8 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 Anna Duong-Topp at aduongto@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.