Spiritual Life

We pay special attention to developing the practice of godliness that will prepare you for whatever the Lord may have in store–not only while you are at Trinity, but wherever God’s purposes lead. In addition to the richness of your studies, local church community, and friendships here at Trinity, we have some wonderful opportunities to aid your spiritual formation and growth!



Worship is at the heart of the Christian life and at the heart of our mission as a university! Chapel plays a crucial role in forming us into a community whose lives please God, thereby shaping us to offer all that we know and do as a means of glorifying him. For all students, attending Chapels is an encouraging break from classes throughout the week – a chance to be grounded in God’s word, lifted up by the support of other students, faculty and staff and challenged by speakers, reflection and conversation.

The preaching of the Word is a prominent part of chapel. Trinity is blessed to have a wide variety of speakers from among Trinity faculty, as well as highly respected leaders from around the world.

Graduate Chapel, which includes TEDS, takes place every Tuesday from 11:00am –11:50am in the A. T. Olson Chapel. Chapel is optional for graduate students, though all students are encouraged to make chapel an integral part of their theological training.

View Graduate Chapel Sessions

Spiritual Formation Groups

Formation Groups are important to our students’ personal, spiritual, and ministry development. As a place for informal, faculty-led discussion, prayer, and mentoring, Formation Groups complement more formal education and offer a warm place for mutual encouragement and fellowship in the context of ministry and theological education. Participation in Formation Groups is required for MDiv students as a part of the candidacy process but other master’s program students are encouraged to attend.

Who Participates in Formation Groups? Our students meet weekly in a small group led by a faculty member. Participation in Formation Groups is required for MDiv students as a part of the candidacy process. However, other master’s program students are encouraged to attend.  Participation in two semesters of Formation Group can serve to fulfill one field education requirement in those programs. In addition, some Formation Groups also serve as a time of gathering for Trinity campus organizations, such as Mosaic Fellowship.

About Formation Groups



Trinity encourages our students to connect with a local church if they are new to the area. Our church guide is a great resource for that purpose! We are committed to seeing our community active in the church while in school. Check out our interactive church guide on myTIU to help you find the right church during your education.

Every October, the Ministry Networking EXPO is held on campus. Representatives from a number of denominations come to primarily meet with TEDS students who are interested in ministry placement in these traditions. This is a great opportunity for students to interact and connect with representatives from church and ministry networks and various denominations! In recent years, representatives from Presbyterian, Covenant, Methodist, Baptist, Full Gospel, Evangelical Free, Mennonite, Assemblies of God, Anglican, and other denominations have attended.


Certain student-led groups encourage you to connect and grow in your faith and knowledge with others as part of your Trinity experience. Both graduate and undergraduate groups meet regularly on campus around common interests and concerns. Find out more!

Teds Campus Groups