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Life, Community and Faith

MNU is a community of Christian faith and learning. Here you’ll grow in relationship with others and with God. Whether you live on campus or commute, you’ll find a close campus community where there’s always something fun going on.

Life, Community and Faith

MNU is a community of Christian faith and learning. Here you’ll grow in relationship with others and with God. Whether you live on campus or commute, you’ll find a close campus community where there’s always something fun going on.

Spiritual Life

At MNU our faith is lived out within our campus community. Weekly chapel services each Tuesday are the heart of our campus, with students, faculty and staff worshipping together. In addition, students can participate in a number of small group studies during each semester.

All undergrad students are required to participate in chapel and other spiritual life activities each semester to earn spiritual formation credits. Spiritual formation is an intentional part of our community—we strive to make MNU a place where students encounter God and grow in the Christian faith. Spiritual formation shapes us individually and as a campus as we grow closer to Jesus together.

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Spiritual Life

At MNU our faith is lived out within our campus community. Weekly chapel services each Tuesday are the heart of our campus, with students, faculty and staff worshipping together. In addition, students can participate in a number of small group studies during each semester.

All undergrad students are required to participate in chapel and other spiritual life activities each semester to earn spiritual formation credits. Spiritual formation is an intentional part of our community—we strive to make MNU a place where students encounter God and grow in the Christian faith. Spiritual formation shapes us individually and as a campus as we grow closer to Jesus together.

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MNU is a community of faith as well as a community of learning. Spiritual formation is a critical component of a student’s MNU experience—we strive to make MNU a place where students encounter God and grow in the Christian faith.

Our guiding principle is the truth affirmed by Wesleyan theology that our salvation is a dynamic process—we are both saved and being saved, holy and being made holy (Acts 20:32; 1 Corinthians 1:18).

Students not only attend spiritual formation events, they also assist in leading our spiritual formation on campus. Students help facilitate small groups, Going Ministries, and mission trips. Additionally, at each of our chapel services it is common for our students to assist with the worship in song, leading times of prayer and occasionally speaking in chapel.

Spiritual life at MNU is not a spectator sport, but is something that we are shaped in as we participate together.

DR. BRADY BRAATZ, University Chaplain

Chapel Services

Tuesday's and Thursday's at 9:30 AM

Weekly chapel services are at the heart of spiritual life at MNU. These services allow us to be part of a true community and introduce us a variety of spiritual practices and disciplines. Above all, they offer a chance for regular reflection and deepening of one’s relationship to God. Students are required to attend a variety of chapel services and small group or service opportunities each semester.

Chapel Live Stream

LIVE STREAM

If you’re like to watch one of the live-streams of our chapel services, click the watch button below. This will connect you to all our services that happen on Tuesday & Thursdays at 9:30 AM.

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Chapel Archive

Service Archive

If you'd like to watch some of our past chapel services, click on the archive button below. This will connect you to all our recorded services.

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Service & Mission

Service & Mission

Spiritual formation is an intentional part of our community—we strive to make MNU a place where students encounter God and grow in the Christian faith.

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Spiritual Formation Opportunities

Prof. Talk

Everyone has a story to tell and these chapel services will feature an interview with faculty from our campus. We’ll learn how God has worked in their lives, how they found themselves as a part of the MNU community, and where they sense God is leading them in the future.

Spiritual Formation Requirements

Each semester there are between 45 to 50 spiritual formation credits available. Full-time students are required to have a total of 20 spiritual formation credits. Students need to acquire 10 of their spiritual formation credits in our Tuesday, Gathering Chapels and can acquire the rest of their credits in any of our spiritual life events. From time to time, however, academic requirements prohibit students from being able to attend enough spiritual formation events. The following is a list of circumstances that allow for a reduction in spiritual formation credits.

[Additional opportunities, such as spiritual life retreats and mission trips also allow students to earn spiritual formation credits.]

REDUCED TO 10 SPIRITUAL
FORMATION CREDITS

- Education Majors enrolled in practicum
- Junior Year of Nursing School
- Internships of 3 to 6 Hours
- Students with 88 Earned Academic Hours (seniors)

REDUCED TO 6 SPIRITUAL
FORMATION CREDITS

- Senior Year of Nursing School

REDUCED TO 0 SPIRITUAL
FORMATION CREDITS

- Students living off campus & are 24 years old or older
- Students who are student teaching
- Students studying abroad
- Students who are the primary caregiver to a child
- Students with less than 11 academic hours

All reductions are applied to students accounts within a two weeks of the first day of the semester. There is no need to contact the Spiritual Life Office to receive a reduction because all reductions are applied based on a student’s academic schedule. If a student does not fall in one of the categories for a reduction in their spiritual formation credits, no reduction is available.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Meet the Staff

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Track Your attendance

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Spiritual Formation Fine Program

From time to time students will arrive at the end of the semester having not completed their spiritual formation requirements. If you find yourself in in this circumstances, each student is eligible for a one-time reduction or elimination of their spiritual formation fine.

Here are the details:

  • You can sign-up for the Spiritual Formation Fine Program in the semester you received your fine.
  • After you have signed-up for this program, your fine will be eliminated or reduced: $50 to $100 & your fine will be eliminated completely. $110-$190 & your fine will be cut in half.
  • In the following semester, you will receive an email with a link to a chapel service for you to watch.
  • A couple of weeks after you’ve received the link to the chapel service, one of the Student Chaplains will contact you to set-up a 45 minute to hour long meeting with you.

The following are ways students fail to complete this program:

  1. Don’t watch the chapel link
  2. Don’t respond to the Student Chaplains attempt to schedule a meeting
  3. No show the meeting with the Student Chaplain
  4. If a student fails to complete the Spiritual Formation Fine Program, the fine will simply be reapplied fine at the conclusion of the semester.

Small Groups Information

Small Group sign-ups will begin on Tuesday, October 5th at our Gathering Chapel service with our first week of small groups starting on Thursday, October 7th. As we get our groups set for the semester, check back and we’ll have a video describing each group, a description of each group and a link for you to sign-up for the group you’d like to be a part of this fall.

Interested in leading a small group? Contact Rev. Andy Cook and learn more about how to lead a group, the requirements for leading a group and when our fall small group leaders training event will take place.

Rev. Andy Cook: ascook@mnu.edu

Go Groups Sign ups

LEGO CLUB
Mondays 3:20-5:00 pm
Led by Chesnea Heyd and Dawson Cook

ECO CLUB
Mondays 3:30 – 4:30
Led by Sara Lohr and Stanley Coates

DELIVERIES AND DEVOS
Wednesdays 11:15 am – 1:00 pm
Led by Dennis Logston, Jonathan Waller, and Keegan Hunzeker

THE HOPE CENTER
Thursdays 3:20-6:30pm
Led by Nick Harlan and Bailey Gruver

LUNCH BUDDIES
This ministry meets once a week (Monday through Friday) for 45 minutes and requires a semester long commitment.
Led By Lauren Fleshman

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