The Office of University Ministries equips students as they prepare for a lifetime of engaging the culture and changing the world. Our aim is holistic formation in students — spiritually, intellectually, and vocationally.
Components of our mission
Together, we view the following as essential components of our mission:
- Worship, reminding us who God is, what God has done for us, who we are as a community, and what we are called to do in the world.
- Discipleship, committing to individual and corporate habits by which students learn about and practice what it means to follow Christ.
- Reconciliation, participating in God’s work of reconciling all things in Christ, whether personal or communal, physical or spiritual, local or global.
Under the direction of Bo Lim, SPU’s campus chaplain, OUM is divided into two departments:
The John Perkins Center develops global urban leaders, organizations, and institutions by modeling reconciliation and contributing to community health and wholeness. Students participate through local and international service and learning opportunities, as well as academic engagement.
Campus Ministries staff serve as SPU’s campus pastors, helping students build lasting relationships and discover how their lives fit into God’s plan for the world. Campus Ministries programs focus on gathering in worship and learning a lifestyle of discipleship.
Through the Office of University Ministries, the Perkins Center and Campus Ministries collaborate with curricular and co-curricular departments to encourage student growth in all aspects of their lives. The OUM also partners with ministries and organizations locally, nationally, and globally so students have additional resources and opportunities.
News and events
What is forgiveness, and how do forgiveness and reconciliation inform the world we share with seven billion others, many of whom do not share our culture or religion? How do we learn to embrace rather than reject difference? What roles do religion play in how we negotiate life together? Miroslav Volf, founder and director of Yale Center for Faith and Culture, will address these and other questions in a public lecture on Wednesday, October 26, titled “Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and the Common Good.”
The Perkins Center
Founded in 2004, the John Perkins Center — a partnership among the John Perkins Foundation of Jackson, Mississippi, Seattle Pacific University, and Christian community leaders — equips students to model reconciliation and contribute to community health and wholeness.
As campus pastors, we work hard to offer students a wide range of opportunities for worship discipleship and reconciliation at Seattle Pacific.