Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry is designed to provide an environment of spiritual formation where students can grow in their relationship with Christ through participation in chapel, programming, small group ministry, and serving others. NCU emphasizes a foundation of an ongoing relationship with God that fosters a powerfully authentic community and equips our students to become whole leaders (body, mind, and spirit) for their generation and the world.

To help our relationship with Christ grow we have events and programs such as chapel, Embrace The Community Day, mission trips, service projects, life groups, and pastoral care.


Chapel provides a place for students, faculty and staff to come together and connect with God, build community, enable worship, educate vocationally, and foster spiritual formation.

Chapel is not intended to replace church, and students are encouraged to find a local church where they can worship and engage in fellowship each week. Chapel is simply another opportunity to build relationship with Christ.

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Embrace The Community

Embrace the Community Day (ETC Day) is the one event where we can, as one unified group, serve our local community. As Beacons, we intentionally look for ways to shine the light of Christ and serve our neighbors. Each fall, NCU cancels classes in the afternoon to allow students and staff the opportunity to volunteer at about a dozen different organizations in the local community. After the event, we gather in the chapel and share stories of what we did and how God impacted us and those whom we served.

Mission Trips

Cross-cultural and overseas missions allow students to experience and expand their vision of what God is doing and how we can serve around the region or world. These opportunities to serve are a chance to strengthen one’s faith, show compassion, go beyond one’s comfort zone, be exposed to the injustice, and inspire individuals to participate in the work of the kingdom. Past mission trips have included cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle, and countries such as Cambodia, Africa, Romania, and Mexico.

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Life Groups

Life groups are a place for students to gather and engage deeper in a topical Bible study. Groups are led by fellow students, faculty, or staff members and provide an area of focus or study for a semester or full academic year. Groups are formed at the beginning of each semester.

Local Outreach

NCU provides a number of opportunities to serve in the name of Jesus, often partnering alongside local ministries and not-for-profits. Through annual events such as Embrace the Community Day and the Touch Project, NCU students become aware of places needing service and are able to connect outside of signature programming events.

Signature Programs

Throughout the year, Campus Ministry provides a number of signature programs for the campus community. These programs include a Night of Prayer, the Touch Project, Spiritual Formation Series, Love and Relationships and more. Each program is designed to create opportunities for students to serve, commune, and develop a deeper love for Christ.

Pastoral Care

Campus Ministry staff are available whenever a student needs a safe place for prayer, guidance, support, encouragement, mentoring, and nurturing in the Christian faith. Appointments can be made through the Office of Student Life, 541-684-7345.

Local Churches

Yes, NCU is a Christian school; however, we’re not a church. We encourage students to find and build a relationship with a local church. Our annual Church Fair is designed to provide students with the opportunity to meet with representatives from a number of local congregations to find out more about their services and what their church has to offer.