Northwestern College students worship in the Black Hills during a fall retreat.


Following Christ is a lifelong journey, of course, but college is a great time to focus on growing in your faith. Northwestern courses in all disciplines will challenge you to think about who God is, who you are, and what your role in God’s diverse world might be. We also offer several other ways to grow spiritually in community with your peers.

Beyond classes, you might be one of around 250 students who meet weekly in small groups to pray, study the Bible, and talk about what your faith has to do with what you’re learning.

Under the guidance of trained student leaders, Discipleship Groups—known as D-Groups—meet in every residence hall and student apartment complex. Other small-group ministries include accountability groups for Scripture, prayer and confession; all-campus and commuter Bible studies; and men's and women's huddle groups. 

Northwestern students depend on prayer as they become thinking Christians in today’s world. You’ll be able to explore new ways to pray by participating in our prayer labyrinth, prayer walks or student prayer groups that meet in dorms and after events. You can also be assured that our caring campus ministry staff and prayer team will uplift any prayer requests that you share with them.

You can grow in your faith through involvement in a variety of Christian clubs, such as:

  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Pax Christi, a student-led gathering of Protestant and Catholic students who explore the similarities and differences in the ways they express and live their faith
  • International Justice Mission, a chapter of a global organization that raises awareness about the injustice of human trafficking
  • 1st Generation Raiders, a fellowship program for students who are the first in their families to attend college