Spiritual Life


We encourage spiritual practices that will prepare you for whatever the Lord may have in store–not only while you are at Trinity, but in your future endeavors as well. In addition to your local church community, and relationships here at Trinity, we offer wonderful opportunities to aid you in your spiritual walk, formation and growth!


Chapel at Trinity

 

Worship is at the heart of our mission as a university!

For Trinity students, Chapel plays a crucial role in forming us into a Christ-centered community whose lives honor God. Chapel is an encouraging break from classes throughout the week and a chance to ground ourselves in God’s Word, worship with our peers and be challenged by speakers, reflection and interaction.

This year due to COVID, Trinity College students are meeting in their family groups instead of Chapel. Here’s a sneak peek into what you can expect when we’re back in-person.

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TEDS and Trinity Graduate School Chapel takes place every Tuesday from 11:00am –11:50am in the A. T. Olson Chapel although this year due to COVID, chapels are via livestream on YouTube or in person with reservations beforehand.

Chapel is optional for graduate students, but all students are encouraged to make chapel an integral part of their theological training and spiritual formation.

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Day of Prayer

Once every semester, classes are suspended for a Day of Prayer. The purpose of this day is to make room for more sustained prayer as well as times of personal and corporate reflection. The morning is spent in creative, concerted prayer together in the chapel. In the afternoons, advisor/advisee groups continue in prayer, fellowship, and other activities.

Discipleship

Discipleship isn’t limited to a specific place or activity. At Trinity we share a relationship with Jesus Christ that shapes who we are and who we are becoming. Discipleship happens everywhere – in the classroom, over a meal, listening to a chapel speaker, or praying with a roommate who is struggling. As we dwell in God’s Word and share life with one another, the Spirit forms us as a people who love and serve and forgive and participate in God’s restoration of this world.

Group Life

Undergraduate Groups
Life Together Groups (LTGs) provide space to encounter God’s Word together and invest in deeper relationships with each other. Seminary students, faculty, and staff members lead various groups, bringing greater insight into biblical passages. Each week, we unpack and apply the truth of Scripture, share our lives and stories, and bring our hopes and needs before God in prayer. LTGs shape us as disciples of Jesus and strengthen our relationships on campus.

TEDS 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.
Learn More (Connect to Formation Group page).

Student Organizations
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!

Undergrad Student Groups
TEDS & Graduate Groups

Local Church Involvement

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.