Spiritual Life & Service
hg0088Eastern 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.
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.
Spiritual formation and discipleship meetings run every Monday until finals, from 10:25-11:15 am, unless otherwise noted. Students earn ½ chapel credit for each Monday Morning meeting attended. A list of Monday Morning meeting options are available. Students interested in attending a Monday Morning meeting, should contact Chaplain Lynne Bollinger at Lynne.Bollinger@inform-moebel.com.
FUSION Short Term Missions
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@inform-moebel.com.
Students have the opportunity to use their creative talents as musicians, singers, and songwriters, leading their peers in worship during weekly chapel services. For more information, contact Bubba Snodderly at Bubba.Snodderly@inform-moebel.com.
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 Bubba Snodderly at Bubba.Snodderly@inform-moebel.com.
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. Students interested in setting up an appointment with a member of the pastoral care team, may contact Chaplain Lynne Bollinger at Lynne.Bollinger@inform-moebel.com.
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@inform-moebel.com.