Student Groups and Programs
From service work to Bible studies to social events, Gustavus students gather in a variety of settings and participate in all sorts of different activities as they explore their faith together with their peers. Listed on this page are many of the recognized student-led religious and service groups at Gustavus.
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. Training sessions are held twice a year, and are advertised in the Chapel bulletin. If interested, you may talk to a Chaplain for more information.
Christ Chapel Volunteers
Christ Chapel Volunteers assist in the ministry of Christ Chapel by ushering, carrying the cross and candles in Daily and Sunday Chapel, reading lessons, writing and/or reading prayers, and serving as assistant ministers. Volunteer forms are available in the Chapel bulletins at the beginning of each semester, or you can print one from this website.
Center for Servant Leadership
The Center for Servant Leadership offers a variety of on-going and one-time service programs for Gustavus students. Programs include Amigos, Big Partner/Little Partner, Study Buddies, FLEX (Foreign Language Exploratory), Saint Francis Pound Pals, Junior Great Books, After-school Clubs, and Elders. Applications for these programs are available at the beginning of each semester in the Center for Servant Leadership. In addition, Center staff advise many student-led service organizations and programs such as Alpha Phi Omega (the national co-ed service fraternity), Little Gusties Athletic Programs, Common Ground Junior High Mentoring Program, and many more. For more information, or to ask for help in planning your own service initiative, contact staff in the Center.
Apprentices are invited to share in the ministry of the Chaplains’ Office. These students represent a diversity of perspectives, but share a strong commitment to the Chapel program. Through this commitment, they help reach out to peers by communicating the resources and mission of the Chapel. They also listen actively, discerning opportunities to meet new needs on campus. They work together, supporting and nurturing each other’s projects and the work of the Chaplains’ Office in ministering to the whole campus. Apprentices are invited at the end of their first year at Gustavus, and remain a part of the program through graduation.
Christ Chapel Volunteers/Contacts:
- Briana Baker (Sacristan)
- Kirsten Larsen (Sacristan Fall)
- David Lim (Sacristan January)
- Kelly J. Peterson (Hospitality Minister)
- Logan Boese (Hospitality Minister)
- Kari Louwagie (Hospitality Minister)
- Lexi Liston (Hospitality Minister)
Christ Chapel Volunteers assist in the ministry of Christ Chapel by ushering, carrying the cross and candles in Daily and Sunday Chapel, reading lessons, providing music, preparing the worship space, writing and/or reading prayers, and serving as assisting ministers. You may sign up to volunteer using the bulletin insert, the Chaplains’ Office website https://gustavus.edu/chaplain/volunteer.php, or by contacting a sacristan or hospitality minister directly.
There are a myriad of one-time and on-going service programs with which to become involved at Gustavus. Stop by the Center for Servant Leadership in Johnson Student Union to learn more about the service, social justice and civic engagement opportunities available in this area!Contact Dave Newell, Assistant Director for Community-Based Service and Learning
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)—Mondays, 7 p.m. (Lund Classroom/signs posted)
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 and fellowship each week.
Gustavus Meditation—Tuesdays, 7–8 p.m. (Inter-Faith Space/next to the Residential Life Office)
Gustavus Meditation is the perfect study break and time to wind down from the busy day to clear your mind. Meditation is lead by a local Buddhist monk and is followed by discussion. The purpose of this organization is to provide a weekly meditation class for the entire Gustavus campus. This organization also will holds an annual Buddhist Vesak Festival.
Gustavus Youth Outreach (GYO)—Sundays, 7 p.m. (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!
Habitat For Humanity and Spring Break Work Trips
Habitat for Humanity and Spring Break Work Trips raise awareness on housing and homelessness issues. Habitat coordinates with local Chapters to fundraise for and build affordable housing in the Mankato and St. Peter areas. Spring Break Work Trip participants fundraise for the opportunity to build nationally each year. Both offer chances for volunteers to build relationships, learn and reflect on their experiences.
Each week, volunteers travel to the Hoffmann Center, a residential treatment facility for juvenile boys. The volunteers act as positive role models for the boys as they build relationships through interactive Bible studies, games, and group discussions.
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. This collaboration is jointly led by the Chaplains’ Office, Diversity Center, and the Center for Servant Leadership.
The Newman Center is a group of students dedicated to building a deeper understanding of the 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. Office hours will be posted. Students of all denominations are welcome.
Prepare Ministries—Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. (The Dive)
- Nick Theisen (Co-President in the fall)
- Katie Frehner (Co-President in the fall)
- Karl Grant (President in the spring)
- Angela Chang
- Megan Gustafson
- Nicola Mehta
- Erin Clark
- Lizzy Schutz
- Ben Orpen
- KJ Undem
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 p.m. (Alumni Hall)
- Abby Schnorr
- Maggie Jones
- Zack Gardner
- Trevor Stromme
- Matt Spoden
- Briana Bloom
- Heidi Vanderpan
- Anna Ribbel
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!