What’s the meaning of life? What’s the meaning of your life?
Nationally, four out of five students report an interest in spirituality and are on an active quest to find meaning and purpose. North Central students have been asking and answering the deep questions of life since the College was founded by Evangelical Christians in 1861. From the beginning, students from different faith traditions - and those with no faith commitment at all—have united as a campus community where mutual respect produces vibrant discussion and collaborative action.
Our Christian heritage remains the foundation of a college that, as described by our first president, A.A. Smith, seeks to be “a great moral lighthouse.” Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, North Central continues to develop leaders who connect a strong Christian commitment with a passion for social justice. The Office of Ministry and Service equips students to cultivate a deep and authentic faith through worship and prayer, and to unite faith with action.
Students pack Koten Chapel to capacity every Wednesday night for FOCUS—a student-led, nondenominational Christian worship service. FOCUS also organizes small group Bible studies, retreats and prayer and mentoring programs. Additionally, Koten Chapel serves as a meeting place for special worship and prayer services on days like Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
You may also choose to connect with one of the many faith communities in the Naperville area. Many students find a home at a nearby church within a short walk or drive from campus.
It won’t be hard to find others who share a common interest, with groups like our United Methodist Student Organization, Catholic Student Union, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Voices of Praise Gospel Choir and Summer Ministry Teams. The Union, our student-run music venue in downtown Naperville, provides a platform for faith-inspired social action.
“I’ll show you my faith by what I do,” writes James in his Epistle. You’ll be encouraged to put your faith into action through service opportunities on and off campus. Student groups such as Cardinals in Action, Circle K, Uncommon Life Movement, International Justice Mission and Break Away regularly provide a chance to love our neighbors—around the block and around the world. From the Chicago suburbs to the Appalachian Mountains to African slums—you can “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).