A Christ-Centered community …
‘prepares students spiritually’
The community gathers for prayer, worship and reflection centered around Christ in Tuesday morning and Wednesday evening chapels. We actively listen to God’s call on our lives, both as individuals and as Christ’s diverse “body” at Fox. Because George Fox University highly values being a Christ-centered community that prepares students spiritually, as well as academically and professionally, each student is required to attend at least 15 chapel gatherings, five of which can be any of an array of “Chapel Electives” that are smaller and more specifically focused gatherings for Christ-centered worship, prayer and life-application of God’s Word. Some ongoing chapel electives are Spanish Chapel, Shalom Worship (unprogrammed), Fellowship of Christian Athletes and International Student Chapel. More details are available on the Spiritual Life website.
‘... to think with clarity and act with integrity ...’
The Spiritual and Intercultural Life (“SpIL”) House is located on the southwest corner of campus, at the corner of Sheridan and Meridian, and is where our university pastoral team offices are housed and where pastors are available to meet with students for prayer and pastoral care/spiritual counseling in times of crisis. There you will be able to find Jamie Noling-Auth, university pastor and dean of spiritual life, leading the rest of the “SpIL” team: Jamie Johnson, associate pastor for Christian leadership, and Rusty St. Cyr, associate pastor for ministry and service. (For diversity and leadership information, please see “Intercultural Life”)
SpIL Interns and Life Group Leaders are recruited each year to serve as cultivators of spiritual friendships, small-group discipleship and Christian community throughout campus, primarily through leading worship gatherings in the various living areas; initiating one-to-one spiritual companionship and accountability with peers; and forming and facilitating Life Groups on and off-campus for ongoing reflection on integrating Christian vision and practice in students’ daily lives.
‘... and serve with passion!’
Through the collaborated efforts of the Associated Student Community (student government at Fox) and SpIL, students are encouraged, recruited and supported in a variety of efforts to come alongside as neighbors to people in need all around us and abroad. Students can volunteer locally as “Little Bruin” mentors (to Newberg elementary through high school students), Fox & Friendsview volunteers where students can volunteer with our local wiser generation, through James Project, as well as developing need-meeting friendships with those living homelessly through weekly Urban Outreach to Portland and Salem. Students will be informed about these opportunities in chapel/Shalom.
During the winter, spring and summer breaks, we recruit, prepare and send out various volunteer teams on one-week Serve Trips to Twin Rocks Camp, to downtown areas of Portland and Seattle, to the Makah Nation/Reservation in Neah Bay, Wash., and to World Made Flesh in Los Angeles.
We also host four-week trips to various locations partnered with Christian organizations abroad with which we are developing long-term global partnerships. Places students have served in the past are Peru, Swaziland, Romania, Moldova, among others. Students will have a chance to both learn about these opportunities and submit applications for these trips on campus every October.