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Spiritual Life & Service

Spiritual Life & Service

Eastern Nazarene College supports students in their spiritual development, providing opportunities to live their faith.

Bertha Munro, the first dean of Eastern Nazarene College once said that, “There is no conflict between the best in education and the best in the Christian faith.” At the heart of Eastern Nazarene College’s vision lies a commitment to integrating “the best in education and the best in Christian faith.” Drawn from a variety of faith backgrounds, Eastern Nazarene College supports students in their spiritual development, providing them with opportunities to live their faith. The Office of Spiritual Development fosters spiritual transformation through programs and ministries that include faith formation, service opportunities, pastoral care, and leadership development.

Faith Formation

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Students may learn what it means to be in a relationship with Christ or dive deeper into their personal faith journey through chapel experiences and worship on campus.

Discipleship Groups

In addition to chapel, one of the most important opportunities for spiritual growth in our community is through small group discipleship. A small group provides an opportunity for more genuine and authentic discussions that are often not possible in a larger group setting. We believe that the spiritual growth which can take place in small groups is so important that we will be providing a full chapel credit for participation in a small group. (In the past, these were only half a chapel credit.)

Small groups can take many forms. They can be in-person (as long as proper social distancing measures are observed), remotely through a conferencing platform like Zoom, or even asynchronously through an online discussion board if students find it difficult to get together at the same time from different time zones. They can focus on a topic, book, or scripture of your group’s choosing. We will also provide videos and discussion questions in this module which you can use as a resource for your small groups.

In other words, we want to provide a lot of freedom and flexibility for you to create or find a small group that is interesting to you and will be most beneficial for your spiritual growth. If you would like your small group meetings to count for chapel credit, we do ask that your group’s leader would be approved by the Office of Spiritual Development and report to us regularly about how your group is doing. If you would be interested in leading a small group, please complete the application on the Spiritual Development Canvas Course.

Service Opportunities

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The FUSION program is designed to give students an opportunity to connect with the activity of God in contexts which cause them to cross a boundary of difference. In 2019, a San Diego-Tijuana Fusion team partnered with an organization called Global Immerse to experience the immigrant’s journey, delving into the human and social issues affecting immigrant families in the U.S. Another FUSION team traveled to Puerto Rico where they helped local leaders rebuild communities devastated in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. In 2018 and 2019, teams sent to Zambia, led by psychology professor Dr. Catherine Bell and soccer coach Mark Bell, assisted a Christian relief agency provide food, bed nets, school visits, and home visits to those affected with HIV/AIDS. For more information please contact Shelby Robinson at Shelby.Robinson@enc.edu.

Due to the situation with COVID-19, the FUSION program has been cancelled for the 2020-2021 Academic Year.

Chapel Teams

Students have the opportunity to use their creative talents as musicians, singers, and songwriters, leading their peers in worship during weekly chapel services. To apply for a Chapel Team, please complete the application in the Spiritual Development Canvas Course. For more information, contact Moesha Daniel at moesha.c.daniel@lions.enc.edu.

Summer Ministries

Student-led summer ministry teams travel to camps and churches on the east coast, a long-standing tradition and valuable experiential learning for those interested. Each summer, the college sends out teams of students to represent the school and serve as ministers on the Eastern Field for the Church of the Nazarene and other Christian camps and retreat centers.  These teams are chosen in the fall and sent out from June through August.  For more information about Summer Ministries, contact Shelby Robinson at shelby.robinson@enc.edu.

Pastoral Care

College is an exciting time for students, but it can also be difficult for some students. The Office of Spiritual Development is dedicated to supporting students during their entire time at Eastern Nazarene College.

If you are in need of spiritual guidance, pastoral counseling, or just someone to talk to, please feel free to reach out to someone in our office and we can schedule a time to meet with you.

Moesha Daniel Moesha.C.Daniel@lions.enc.edu

Keri Lewis Keri.Lewis@enc.edu

Shelby Robinson Shelby.Robinson@enc.edu

David Young david.young@enc.edu

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The Office of Spiritual Development is vested in the development of student spiritual leaders by sponsoring students who wish to attend leadership conferences and providing student chaplain internships and employment. Eastern Nazarene College is committed to supporting students who desire to use their lives in service to the kingdom of God.

Eastern Nazarene College also offers degree programs for students interested in pursuing further studies in religion or a career in ministry. Student may choose between majors in religion, Christian ministry, children’s ministry, youth ministry, or worship arts. For more information about degree programs that will prepare you to serve and lead others, visit the major pages or contact Rev. Dr. John Nielson at John.Nielson@enc.edu.

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