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spiritual life at sbu

Serving, worshiping, and experiencing Christ and developing servant-leaders is the core of the SBU mission, and faculty and staff are excited to be part of your faith journey.

grow in faith

Spiritual life is foundational to the Southwest Baptist University experience, and that faith focus takes shape across campus, whether you are in the classroom, on the football field, in the residence halls, or in the offices of our faculty and staff.

No matter your interests or strengths, you will find abundant opportunities to grow spiritually and serve the Kingdom during your time at SBU.

community Life + Worship

Community Life + Worship (CLW) is one of the primary programs fostering spiritual growth on campus. The program encourages you to take advantage of faith- and community-building opportunities like Chapel services, off-campus service projects, and small groups led by students, faculty, coaches and other staff. 

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center for global connections

Serve the Kingdom across the globe through the Center for Global Connections (CGC), one of the largest short-term volunteer programs of any university in the United States.

Long before your project team departs, you will be mentored, trained and encouraged by CGC staff, and your teammates and team leaders will pray for you and support you along the way. Projects may include everything from disaster relief to teaching English to working with immigrants.

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spiritual development

In addition to the CLW and CGC programs, numerous other opportunities exist to help you grow in your faith while exploring your interests at SBU, including:

  • Experiencing faith and learning together in your academic discipline
  • Finding encouraging mentors and building deep relationships in the dorms and through student activities
  • Gathering with other students at Locamente, a weekly student-led worship experience
  • Joining SBU chapters of faith-based organizations, such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Baptist Association of Christian Educators
  • Worshiping alongside other students with groups like Higher Ground, a touring music ministry group
  • Discussing spiritual and cultural topics with professors at events like the Phi Eta Sigma Coffee Talks
  • Volunteering with other students in local ministries, such as Polk County K-Life, Disciple Now, Revival Teams, and more