Spiritual Development

Wondering how your faith will grow at Northwestern? We commit to your spiritual formation and growth by integrating spiritual development opportunities into your student experience.


Mission of Spiritual Development

Northwestern seeks to create an authentic Christian community by integrating faith and learning. God and His Word are at the center of our mission. Northwestern is committed to your spiritual formation and growth, while encouraging you to take personal responsibility for stewarding your faith.

How does Northwestern nurture faith?

  • Daily chapel, worship, and prayer.
  • Providing spiritual development opportunities in classrooms, residence halls, and all aspects of community life.
  • Connection with local churches, Global & Local Engagement (GLE) opportunities, and encouraging students to be involved in the community.
  • Fostering dialogue, promoting diverse perspectives, and encouraging students to care for each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.

Prayer and worship are key features of a Northwestern education. We praise God daily and glorify Him in everything we do, while also lifting each other up through prayer in the classroom, in chapel, and everywhere else on campus.

The Student Life Worship Arts Collective offers opportunities for participation in various expressions of worship within chapel and other gatherings. We pursue broad participation within the student body, inviting all with the desire to share and to dedicate to the Lord worshipful expressions of artistic gifts and talents.

Through caring mentorship, students are coached and developed in leading worship with genuineness. Students lead the community in worship at the start of daily chapel, Friday Praise Chapels, prayer gatherings, and other events.

Praise Chapel

Every Friday, our students lift their voices in praise to God through a time of musical worship during a chapel dedicated to celebrating and adoring Jesus. During this time, student worship leaders or guest worship artists lead our community through contemporary songs and hymns.

Prayer at Northwestern

Prayer is happening everywhere at Northwestern. Visit our campus, and you’ll see students praying together, prayer to open staff meetings, and faculty praying to begin classes.

Prayer Room

The Billy Graham Community Life Commons is home to Northwestern’s prayer room. It is open 24 hours a day and offers a quiet space for individual reflection or corporate prayer.


PrayerWorks is coordinated through Northwestern Media and reaches far beyond our students. Pray for others and ask others to pray for you here.