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University Ministries: About

Mission, Overview, and Guiding Vision

 

Staff members in the Office of University Ministries (OUM) serve as SPU campus pastors. We provide one-on-one and small group mentoring and pastoral direction for students, as needed. In addition, we partner with other campus organizations to operate large-scale ministry and spiritual formation programming at Seattle Pacific, including:

 

Weekly Worship Services:

  • Gather (Tuesday morning chapel) at 11:10am in the sanctuary of First Free Methodist Church
  • Group (Wednesday night worship and study) at 8:30pm in Upper Gwinn Commons
  • Grace (Friday afternoon prayer and communion) at 12:30pm in Demaray Chapel (bottom floor of FFMC)

Why do we offer worship services?

Our Christian mission to engage the whole world with the love and reconciliation of Christ begins when we gather together to worship God and immerse ourselves in the Christian story. In this way, we learn who we are and how we are called to participate in the Spirit’s work on earth. To read more about the place of worship in the SPU community, download the document Why We Worship (PDF).

 

Discipleship Ministries:

  • Student Ministry Coordinator (SMC) program, providing small group, mentoring, and Bible study opportunities on every residence hall floor
  • Sharpen ministry, providing small group and fellowship opportunities for all commuter, transfer, and CHA students
  • Relinquish ministry, providing prayer-focused small groups and programs to educate our community on historical and global prayer forms
  • Staff-led book clubs, small groups, Bible studies, and themed discipleship retreats

Why do we offer discipleship ministries?

Learning to live as people who are reconciled to God and others doesn't happen automatically - it requires practice and discipline. Among other things, it takes practice to learn how to step outside of ourselves and to engage with the lives and stories of our neighbors. It's hard work, but we know that our lives are transformed when we learn how to live in authentic relationship with one another. These communities take on a particularly Christian character when the group is focused on learning what it means to live as a follower of Jesus in the world today. 

 


Our Guiding Vision:

The "kingdom of God" is our hope, our message, and our way of life.

When Jesus began his public ministry, he traveled from town to town with these words: “Repent, for the kingdom of God has come near!” Along with this proclamation of good news, he also acted on this reality with signs of reconciliation and healing. As it was for Jesus, the biblical vision of God’s kingdom is the foundation of our hope and action.

As God’s people today, we’re waiting for the fulfillment of God’s promise to redeem this creation and bring the kingdom to this place. Throughout our scriptures, we are urged to keep watch for the coming Day of the Lord – a day when evil itself will be judged, and life will be vindicated and established forever. What is broken will be made right.

Even as we wait for this coming redemption, we celebrate the incredible good news (gospel) that God’s kingdom already has arrived in the world, seen most clearly in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He is the first-born of God’s new creation and the image of our hope made flesh. The same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead now lives and moves in us, making it possible for us to live for the blessing of the world.

As followers of Christ today, our mission is to make God’s reign visible on earth, actively living out our message of radical love, justice, and community for all people. This is what it means to live the gospel – and it’s truly good news for our lives, families, communities, and world.