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.
Christ Chapel Volunteers/Contacts:
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 CBSL in Johnson Student Union to learn more about the service, social justice and civic engagement opportunities available in this area!
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. (Old Main)
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.
Gustavus Interfaith Lodge
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.
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.
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)
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!