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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Life

The Spiritual Life Department coordinates spiritual life activities for the university. The department schedules chapel services that emphasize worship, the Word of God, and real-life stories of God’s grace leading to personal encounters with Him. The department also oversees CROSSwalk Student Ministries – a student-led ministry organization.

Spiritual Life Mission Statement

The Spiritual Life Department partners with students toward holistic development through spiritual formation, discipleship and service to engage in Christ-centered living.



Find your place to grow! You can participate in large chapel services, smaller chapel services, and small group discipleship opportunities.

Chapel services emphasize worship, the presence of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and the surrender of our lives to God’s love and purpose.



CROSSwalk is the student ministry organization of the University, which seeks to support students by cultivating a spiritually transformative community on campus. Through the leadership of its Ministry Board, CROSSwalk offers opportunities for holistic discipleship on and off-campus so students can enhance their relationships with God, deepen their relationships with others, and engage in hands-on ministry.



On-Campus Discipleship

CROSSwalk believes faith grows deepest in the context of meaningful and consistent relationships. On every residence hall floor, athletics team, and among commuters, Discipleship Leaders are appointed and developed through CROSSwalk to lead small groups and provide spiritual support to their peers.

CROSSwalk also sponsors ongoing ministry teams that provide chapel opportunities and spiritual support to students. Whether you’re passionate about art, music, mental health, or intercessory prayer, CROSSwalk offers a community where you can engage with an integrated faith.


Local Community Engagement

CROSSwalk believes connecting with our community is an essential part of Christian service. We focus on partnering with local non-profit organizations and churches so students can become active participants in the community while they’re residents in Springfield. By partnering with the Center for Compassion, we send teams out every week to serve with organizations that care for people in need.


National and Global Service

In addition to local service, CROSSwalk sponsors ministry teams that travel around the country to join with local churches and congregations through worship and service. Pursuit and Catalyst are our longest-serving groups, which include preaching, worship, and arts to minister the gospel.

CROSSwalk also partners with Global Connections to send teams of students to countries around the world. Through these trips, students gain a global perspective of God’s Kingdom by experiencing the gospel through the lens of other cultures.