SpiL Trips

The Office of Spiritual Life offers students annual opportunities to participate in immersion and service trips known as SpiL Trips. They are road-trip-style pilgrimages to encounter and serve Christ among those experiencing more vulnerability than most (Matthew 25:34-40).

During winter and spring breaks, these trips challenge students to listen, learn from and serve alongside partner organizations in the context of other cultures, communities and complexities, modeling empowerment, peacemaking and Christian community development at its best.

Students are invited to join us to share the university’s Be Known promise beyond our own campus and borders!

Why Do We Do These Trips?

Our reasons for organizing immersion and service trips are grounded in the university’s mission:

  • To help students think with clarity by prayerfully immersing and serving in closer proximity to people and resources with perspectives and experiences outside of our own
  • To help students act with integrity by partnering with others in mutually benefiting, asset-based and empowering approaches to connecting across differences (rather than perpetuating need-based approaches)
  • To help students serve with passion by sacrificially working to make sure our impact matches intentions as we attempt to share the Be Known promise with people beyond our campus and borders who are so often labeled or only seen as statistics

Trips Timeline

Information about all trips are announced during fall semester chapels, around campus and online. Applications and references are usually due in November each academic year. Applicants are notified if they are chosen for interviews.

Teams are selected from the interview process and meet for trip preparation at least two times prior to Thanksgiving break (for winter trips) or prior to spring break (for spring break trips). Team members chosen are those who display a strong commitment to Christ, desire to learn, and demonstrate humility, flexibility and self-discipline.

Winter & Spring Break SpiL Trips


Mari Ortega

Mari Ortega

Program and Events Coordinator for Spiritual Life