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Learning Through Community InvolvementBecause Concordia is a college of the church and takes this relationship seriously, worship, faith and service are at the heart and center of college life — so is the climate of love, concern, support and dedication that exists at Concordia as a result of the Christian commitment of faculty, staff and students.
Concordia’s Campus Ministry team provides leadership and guidance in worship and other religious activities on campus. They are also available to help students, staff and faculty with spiritual, personal, psychological and vocational concerns.
Worship: A variety of worship experiences are available to students, staff and faculty:
• Chapel services are at 9:50 a.m. Monday through Thursday. It is a time set aside for the Concordia community to gather and worship together. Students, staff and faculty, Concordia’s choral and instrumental ensembles, Campus Ministry’s own worship bands, and many outside speakers all bring their gifts to enrich the worship.
• Wednesday Evening Communion, a focal point of the week, provides a time for word and sacrament, celebration, meditation, music and fellowship.
• Sunday Night at Concordia is a student-led worship service in the theatre building
• Tabernacle is an informal, student-led gathering that celebrates worship camp-style every Thursday at 9 p.m.
• Sunday morning worship services are held on special occasions. We encourage students to be involved in local congregations where they can attend worship, teach Sunday school, work with youth groups, sing in choirs and serve as organists.
Religious activities: Students take the lead in organizing a wide spectrum of opportunities for fellowship and service in many organizations and activities. The Campus Ministry Commission, an arm of Student Government Association, brings together a cluster of these committees. Student leaders assist with worship, plan gatherings, and organize major fund drives or special theme weeks. Many students volunteer at local shelters for the homeless or other social ministry sites.
The Campus Habitat for Humanity Chapter and Justice Journeys groups send almost 200 students out around the country and globe to learn about justice and serve in a variety of ways during spring break and at other times of the year. These groups also plan local activities.
Our Outreach Teams, involving nearly 150 students, minister to the Fargo-Moorhead area and the larger region. Traveling teams lead youth lock-ins and worship services in congregations. Community teams volunteer at local detention centers, nursing homes and homeless shelters.
Other on-campus ministry groups provide an opportunity for fellowship and study. Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Campus Bible Studies and Social Justice are some of the groups involved in Campus Ministry Commission.
Even this list of activities cannot describe the lively interaction of individuals and groups working together to grow in faith and live out their calling in service.
Vocation and Church Leadership
Concordia College is a vibrant community of higher learning that lives in partnership with the mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The office of Vocation and Church Leadership is a newly created presence on campus – birthed from a commitment to the college’s valued mission and a commitment to the rich expression of church relations prior. As a college of the ELCA, Concordia recognizes that intellect and faith are active partners in the pursuit of truth. The office of Vocation and Church Leadership seeks to convene people together within and beyond the campus in such ways that faith and public life have opportunity to intersect. Vocation and Church Leadership staff work on behalf of the college to discover, discern and create relational connections with synodical and churchwide expressions of the ELCA that are beneficial to the world that God so loves.
Vocation, the ongoing discovery of an authentic, connected, meaningful life is a community-wide endeavor at Concordia College. It’s not a workshop or a checklist or a recipe. It’s an integral part of the campus culture and an integrated practice of daily living. The Concordia community values the discernment of each individuals’ unique capacities and passions, the role of reflection in a meaningful life, and the sharing of our life stories as one of the most significant ways in which we share our experiences, perspectives and our selves. Concordia students are accompanied in vocational reflection and discernment in their academic, residential, cocurricular, organizational and service engagements.