Students have various opportunities to explore their faith at Central. Whether through Campus Ministries’ functions or academic pursuits, Central College is dedicated to the development of the total person, including through spiritual formation.
Campus Ministries’ central theme involves being the “hands and feet of Jesus.” Therefore, it is fitting that Campus Ministries offers many opportunities for students to serve locally, throughout Iowa, across the country, and even around the globe through ministry teams, service projects, and mission trips.
Just as important to its ministry, Campus Ministries also encourages students to plug themselves into the college community through small groups, accountability groups, Bible studies, prayer ministry, and large group worship. The largest weekly student gathering is “The Calm” on Sunday evenings. Described as “the calm before the storm of a busy week,” The Calm seeks to encourage the community through prayer, media, contemporary worship, and a message delivered by Chaplain Joe Brummel.
Campus Ministries has two full time staff: Joe Brummel and Sarah Schlager. Learn more about the Campus Ministries staff.
Independent organizations, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), work in conjunction with Campus Ministries in the greater ministry toward campus. They hold ministry gatherings on Wednesday and Thursday nights and work with Campus Ministries to coordinate small groups and other events. Click to learn more about Campus Ministries.
InterVarsity is a non-denominational Christian organization that works as a part of the greater campus ministry to students. Although not formally a part of the Campus Ministries department, it does work with Campus Ministries to bless the student body. IVCF’s mission statement states that it “is an evangelical campus mission serving students and faculty on college and university campuses nationwide. Our vision is to see students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed, and world changers developed.” Learn more about IVCF.
FCA provides students with opportunities to encounter Christ and to build community with one another. Their primary gatherings are on Thursday evenings where they invite a speaker to share a Biblical message. Afterward, the group enjoys fellowship by playing games. Although FCA gatherings are not exclusively for athletes, games typically involve a good amount of physical activity. Learn more about FCA.
A major in religion is an integral part of a liberal arts education. At Central, the religion department offers courses in Biblical studies, the history of Christian thought, world religions, ethics, theology, as well as applied courses. Learn more about the religion major.